This report presents the findings of the initial Evidence and Build phase of the Independent Support programme. The programme is funded by government and aims to support families with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) during the transition to a new system of assessment and support from September 2014.
The Evidence and Build Phase of the programme sought to identify potential models and effective multi-agency practice and protocols to inform the development and implementation of an effective Independent Support workforce.
The report sets out some common ideas and likely challenges that will be faced by sector providers who in the future may be delivering a local or regional Independent Support offer. Examples of singular, multi-agency and consortium approaches have been
suggested with a variety of staffing options involving paid and/or voluntary staff, but usually involving at least one paid professional staff member able to provide the significant expertise required to respond to the more complex needs of parents/carers
and young people.