Decision details

Contract Award for Special Educational Needs and Disability Independent Advice and Support Service 2019-2022

Decision Maker: Executive Director: Adults, Children and Education (DCS)

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Bristol City Council has a statutory duty to commission an information Advice and Support Service (IASS) to provide free impartial, confidential and accurate information, advice and support about education, health and social care for children, young people and their parents, carers or family on matters relating to special educational needs and disability (SEND).
The current contract expires on the 31/5/19 and so a joint re-commissioning exercise was implemented with Bristol City Council Education Services, Bristol City Council Children and Families Social Care Services and NHS BNSSG Clinical Commissioning Group in line with Bristol City Council policy and EU Procurement legislation.


The SENDIAS service contract for the period 1/6/19 – 31/3/2022 is awarded to Supportive Parents.

Alternative options considered:

The current contract could not be extended and so a full re-commission of the contract was required. However this did enable the commissioning partners to enhance the provision under the new contract in order to improve the service available for Bristol citizens.

Publication date: 13/05/2019

Date of decision: 10/05/2019