Independent Support

The law for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities has recently changed under the Children and Families Act. Statements of SEN will gradually be transferred to Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans.  

During this transitional period, it is the job of Independent Supporters to help parents and young people understand, be supported and feel confident throughout these changes.

KIDS is providing the Independent Supporters Service across a number of areas.

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How does the service work?

Our Independent Supporters are trained to help families and young people through the new Education, Health and Care Plan assessment, planning and development process. Our approach is to provide support which is flexible to meet your family’s individual needs which includes offering advice on the telephone, face to face meetings, including home visits, and joining you in attending meetings in schools or with other professionals.   

Our Independent Supporters will:

  • Listen to you and your child/young person

  • Meet with you to explain the new process, find out what’s working well and what you might like to work better

  • Help to start thinking about your aspirations for your child and what’s important for the future

  • Support during meetings
  • Help to make sure you and your child’s views are heard and understood by all involved

  • Work with professionals to help gather any information relevant for the assessment

  • Help to explain professional reports and recommendations

  • Help with any paperwork, including the draft Education, Health and Care Plan

  • Help parents and/or young people to understand local referral processes for services and the local offer

  • Support young people who are in further education with a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA) transferring  to an Education, Health and Care Plan

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