This service supports families that have a child or young person aged 4-25 years with special educational needs or disabilities as they go through the process of a statutory assessment to develop an Education, Health Care Plan (EHCP) or to convert an existing Statement of Special Educational needs to a new EHCP.
The role of the Independent support Worker is to:
- Work with parents or the young person throughout the EHC assessment and planning process.
- Help parents and young people contribute their views and make choices or give preferences.
- Make everyone aware of the local offer and where to find it.
- Provide information on personal budgets
To find out more about the service:
Please note that at times you may need to leave a message. All messages will be responded to within 48 working hours.
The Children and Families Act 2014 marked the biggest legislation change in support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability for years.
Families can now expect help for their children aged between 0-25 with a more joined up commissioning between Health and the Local Authority. In order to achieve this more holistic approach, the old Statements of Educational Needs will be replaced by Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP).
In Kent the Independent Support Service is provided by TOTIUS with Beams acting as the lead agency.
Parents and young people can access this service by calling a free phone number which is operated by a trained Independent Support Worker, who will give initial information and support. If more intensive longer-term support is needed, they will then co-ordinate support for individuals through the locally based IS workers employed at each of the 3 partners within the consortium around the county.