Independent Supporters - Hertfordshire The law for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities has recently changed under the Children and Families Act. Under this new act statements of SEN will gradually be transferred to Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans. During the transitional period of the implementation of EHC Plans, the government has commissioned voluntary and private sector organisations to recruit Independent Supporters to help parents and young people understand, be supported and feel confident throughout these changes.Working in partnership with Local Authorities, SENDIASS (formally Parent Partnership) Services and Parent Carer Forums, KIDS is providing the Independent Supporters Service in Hertfordshire. 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 Who is the service for? Families involved in the new Education Health and Care assessment and planning process and those transferring from Statements of SEN and Learning Difficulty Assessments over to an Education, Health and Care Plan.Young people 16 and over can access the service in their own right or with the support of their parents. What are the benefits of using the Independent Supporters Service? It will help parents and young people to understand, be supported and feel confident during the transitional period of Education, Health and Care (EHC) assessments and plans. How much does it cost? This service is free. When is it available? Independent Supporters generally work 9:00-17:00 on weekdays, including school holidays. Phone, email and face-to-face support can be arranged outside those times as needed. Please contact us before dropping into the office to avoid missing us if we have external appointments. Day Term-Time School Holidays Monday 09.00-17.00 09.00-17.00 Tuesday 09.00-17.00 09.00-17.00 Wednesday 09.00-17.00 09.00-17.00 Thursday 09.00-17.00 09.00-17.00 Friday 09.00-17.00 09.00-17.00 Saturday Closed Closed Sunday Closed Closed How to access this service KIDS operate an open referral system for this service. Parents can ring or e-mail to make a referral into the service. Contact Email usEast Hertfordshire - 01992 504013The Pines, Divot Place, Hamels Drive, Hertford, SG13 7SP. West Hertfordshire - 01923 676549Albanwood, Newhouse Crescent, Watford WD25 7HX. Booking for this event has now closed.