helping them make sense of information they receive
advocating for them in meetings around their special educational needs or disabilities
Support for parents and carers
Our supporters work 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.
What will a 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
How long will a 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.
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 volunteers/supports, making sure that you are kept up to date with special educational needs policy and procedures to offer effective advice and support.