Introducing Independent Support

Independent Support is a national government initiative launched in January 2014 and designed to help parents and young people navigate through the Education, Health and Care (EHC) planning process.

The programme is managed by a team at the Council for Disabled Children on behalf of the Department for Education. Our role is to ensure that there is an Independent Support service on offer to families and young people in every local authority area across England. To achieve this we manage contracts with local service providers and with Information, Advice and Support Services, who are responsible for managing a local workforce known as Independent Supporters. 

You can find out who delivers Independent Support in your local area by using our helpful map here.