KIDS welcomes the announcement from Children and Families Minister, Edward Timpson, on 7 January 2014 that £30m will be made available to fund 1,800 independent supporters.

Caroline Stevens, Chief Executive at KIDS, commented 'KIDS is delighted that parents and young people will be able to access this independent help and advice when progressing through the statutory system and new education health and care planning process. Families will be reassured that this support will be tailored to their individual needs and will be independent from the local authority utilising the extensive skills and expertise in the voluntary and community sector.'

Full details of the Department for Education press release can be found here.