Independent Supporters are trained to help families and young people through the 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.  

Working in partnership with Local Authorities, SENDIASS services and Parent Carer Forums, KIDS provides the Independent Supporters Service in North Somerset.

How does the service work?

Working throughout the area of the North Somerset local authority, 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, home visits, and joining you in attending meetings in schools or with other professionals.   

 Our Independent Supporters will: 

  • Listen to you, 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

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.

How much does it cost?

This service is free.

Availability:

A meeting with an Independent Supporter can be arranged on an evening/weekend by prior arrangement.

Day

Times

Monday 09:00-17:00
Tuesday 09:00-17:00
Wednesday 09:00-17:00
Thursday 09:00-17:00
Friday 09:00-17:00
Saturday Closed
Sunday 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:


Phone: 0117 947 6111
Email: IS.southwest@kids.org.uk

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