Independent Support is a national government initiative launched in January 2014 and designed to help parents and young people navigate through the Education, Health and Care (EHC) planning process.
An Independent Supporter provides time limited impartial information and support to families and young people with special educational needs who are going through the process of developing an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan.
An Independent Supporter can support you at any stage of the EHC planning process.
What can an Independent Supporter do to help?
- Explain the EHC Assessment and how an EHC plan is developed
- Explain who does what and when
- Help you to recognise the difference between goals, aspirations and outcomes
- Help you to navigate the Local Offer found on the local authority website
- Ensure you have all the information you need to make a decision e.g. how to request a personal budget, how to choose a school or setting
- Provide impartial information and support for you to be confident to express your views
- Be a point of contact throughout the EHC Assessment
How does an Independent Supporter help?
- They make sure you have all the information you need for the EHC Assessment
- Help to produce your Family Journey and One Page Profile
- Help you prepare for and support you at meetings during the planning process
- Translate any jargon
- Review the proposed EHC plan with you
- Signpost to further advice and support such as your local Information, Advice and Support Service