Independent Supporters are trained to help families and young people through the new Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) assessment 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, home visits, and joining you in attending meetings in schools or with other professionals.  

 Our Independent Supporters will: 

  • Listen to you and your child or young person
  • Meet with you to explain the process, find out what’s working well and what you might like to work better
  • Help you to start thinking about your aspirations for your child and what’s important for the future
  • Provide 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 the local referral processes for services and the local offer
  • Support young people who are in further education with a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA) who may wish to request an ECHP assessment

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