Welcome to the Cumbria SEND IAS Service Website

We hope this site provides you with information that you will find useful.

Cumbria SEND IAS Service (which was formerly known as the Parent Partnership Service) offers impartial information, advice and support to children and young people with special educational needs and or disabilities and their parents and carers.  This support now includes signposting to health and social care advisory services.

Cumbria SEND IAS Service staff will make sure that parents/carers of all children (0-25 years old) with additional needs have access to information, advice and support. Confidential and impartial support is offered to parents/carers so they can make informed decisions about their child's education.

Generally we can offer information, advice and support around education issues, although we can signpost parents on, with their permission, to other agencies who can help with different problems such as benefit claims.

Your child may have learning difficulties caused by:

  • A physical disability;

  • A problem with sight, hearing or speech;

  • Difficulties with reading, writing, speaking or mathematics work;

  • Emotional or behavioural problems;

  • A learning difficulty.

These are just examples; your child may have more general difficulties with school work.


Useful Links:

Understanding Autism - Online Course

Legal Support Project: discrimination in education