Advice & Information

Here you can find sources of advice, both local and national.

Bolton Information & Advisory Service

Bolton IAS is a local organisation run by a dedicated local team. They are legally trained in SEND law and their role is to support families of children and young people with SEND. They are completely independent and can offer advice and guidance on a range of issues from education, to health to social care.

To find out more about what Bolton IAS offer and their contact details, visit 


Contact are a national charity who support families with disabled children. They have a helpline and website offering guidance on a range of subjects subjects such as benefits and medical conditions.

They have a comprehensive website at


IPSEA are a national charity offering independent, legally backed, advice on SEND educational matters. They offer training for parents and carers and professionals alongside the support offer they run.

Their website has lots of information and downloads for parents and carers  

Bolton’s Local Offer

Every local authority must provide a SEND local offer. On the local offer you can find information and signposting for Bolton’s local area offer for SEND. This includes signposting to the local voluntary sector organisations that provide opportunities for Bolton families

Bolton’s local offer can be found at and click on SEND Local Offer