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What is an Independent Supporter?

An Independent Supporter is a trained volunteer who works with parents, carers and young people (age 16-25). Where an Education, Health and Care needs assessment is requested for your child, they can support you through this process.

Why do we have Independent Supporters?

The law around children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities changed. From 1 September 2014 a new Code of Practice for Children and Young People took effect. As part of the changes Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans have replaced:

  • statements of special educational needs
  • learning difficulty assessments

The EHC plan is a single legal document that details all your child's needs.

What will an Independent Supporter do?

  • explain the process of a needs assessment
  • help you to consider your views, wishes and feelings
  • help you to voice, record and share your aspirations for your child’s future
  • provide you with information about personal budgets. We'll also help you to navigate the Rotherham SEND Local Offer
  • provide support at the multi-agency planning (MAP) meeting if requested
  • help you to understand the draft EHC plan and support you to discuss this with the local authority
  • signpost you to other services who can offer you further information, advice and support

See the Rotherham SEND Local Offer

How long will an Independent Supporter work with me?

If an EHC needs assessment has been requested for your child, a supporter can work with you to the end of this process. This could up to 20 weeks.

Your supporter can also discuss other services that offer impartial information, advice and support.


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Catherine

Trained Independent Supporter

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Marie

Trained Independent Supporter


Make a referral

Once agreed, the information given to us on a referral will be passed to a fully trained supporter to work with you.


Be a supporter

We recruit and train supporters, making sure that you are kept up to date with special educational needs policy and procedures to offer effective advice and support.

Ask about volunteering


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