Since September 2014, the Government has made funding available - through the "Independent Support" programme, led by the Council for Disabled Children - to provide specialist individual support to parents, carers, children and young people who are involved in an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Needs Assessment. This was either for new EHCNA requests, or for those children and young people who previously had a "statement of special educational needs". Up until March 2018, Independent Support had been provided by both SENDIASS and Grapevine, a local charitable organisation.
From April 2018, this support will be only available through SEND IASS.
If you are going through the EHC assessment process, and feel like you're in need of some help and support, you can access a FREE Independent Supporter to make sure you get the most out of your plan. Independent Supporters will provide parents and young people with time limited help to support the parent or young person during the EHC needs assessment and planning process and can:
Please contact SEND IASS for more details on getting access to an Independent Supporter.