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Independent support in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

All parents of children and young people with special educational needs (SEN), and young people themselves, who are being assessed or going through the transfer of a Statement of SEN to an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan should have access to an Independent Supporter. This is the recommendation of the Special Educational Needs revised Code of Practice 2014. They can also offer support during the Annual Review process.

If you qualify for independent support, we can help. 

What Independent Supporters can do for you 

Independent Supporters are independent of the decision-making professionals and are there to give parents and young people impartial information, advice and support to help them through the EHC needs assessment process.

For some families, an initial visit and occasional telephone contact may provide the level of support they need. Other families may need more frequent face-to-face contact.

Request an Independent Supporter

Families who live in Nottingham or Nottinghamshire can request an Independent Supporter (for the parent/carer, the young person or both) using the contact details below. The co-ordinator will allocate you an Independent Supporter as quickly as possible and arrange for them to make contact with you.

An Independent Supporter will only be available to families during the EHC assessment period. Support ends when the Education, Health and Care Plan has been finalised or if it is decided an EHCP is not necessary.