Minister announces funding for Independent Supporters

The Minister for Children and Families has just announced a £30million fund to provide 1,800 independent supporters to help parents navigate the new special educational needs (SEN) process.

These independent supporters will work with families to support them through the new approach to the Education Health and Care (EHC) Plan and personal budgets.

Drawn from independent voluntary, community and private organisations, these supporters will be able to spend one-to-one time with families providing independent advice and help to enable them to progress through the new SEND assessment and education, health and care planning process. The aim is to ensure that every child and young person with SEN can take full advantage of the reforms.

The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) will be taking the lead on the initial work on developing a definition of the role of an independent supporter as well as in the recruitment and training of these posts.

The funding will enable approximately 12 posts per area and for these to be in place in time for the implementation of the reforms.

In Control would be interested in talking to any family organisations interested in applying to take up the role of independent supporter.

Anyone interested can email Nic Crosby via

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Last Updated : 09 January 2014. Page Author: marijke.hirst.