We are pleased to confirm that KIDS, as the contracted provider of SENDIASS services until June 2019 on behalf of AfC, has successfully applied for funding from CDC as part of the information-advice-and-support-programme announced in spring 2018. They will use this funding to complete firstly a full review of the service to establish how the service is delivering on its responsibilities as required by the Children and Families Act 2014 and SEN code of practice. They will then develop a two year service-led IAS service operational plan to seek compliance and service improvements benchmarked against the new minimum standards, which we believe will be published in October 2018. In order to access this additional funding SENDIASS will also need to evidence their willingness to work closely with CDC and respect the disciplines of working close to Government policy on the Information Advice and Support Programme. KIDS will complete all these tasks in ongoing collaboration with AfC, families and young people, professionals and other stakeholders and, at the appropriate times, we will of course be seeking input from all relevant stakeholders.