David's story demonstrates how to creatively engage with a very young child using person centred planning.
David's story study illustrates the skills of the IS in adapting and adjusting in order to successfully build rapport and trust with a young person.
Dylan's story demonstrates how the Independent Supporter gradually increased contact with the young person until he was comfortable enough to talk. This approach enabled him to formulate his ideas and provide information about himself and his goals. Importantly the Independent Supporter also double-checked what he was happy to share with others before it was circulated to a wider audience. Sometimes when someone is relaxed and at ease, they may not realise that what they are saying to one person, may then be shared with others.
Dean's story highlights how the IS engaged with the YP enabling him to fully participate in the EHCP process. It also shows how the family moved from uninformed and confused to confident and engaged. It also illustrates the value of using person centred approaches, particularly a one page profile and how the YP recognised its value in helping everyone involved in his care, in a range of settings and that it would benefit him by sharing it with them.
Ella's story illustrates that although the young person, Ella, wanted her mum’s support, she also wanted and valued having an IS on board too. The knowledge and skills of the IS kept the process flowing when it could have easily stalled and enabled Ella to make informed choices every step of the way. This included dealing with a hospital admission, several meetings and a change of college that occurred during the EHCP process.
Iian's story illustrates how it’s possible by being creative to capture the views of a young person with limited communication skills.
Izzy's story illustrates how a family can benefit from having support that is able to provide them with timely advice and information to reassure them about the future and mitigate fears.
To begin with the Independent Supporter encouraged and supported Joshua to write his own views and due to that support he was able to completed the Circle of Support and All About Me pages in his the EHC Plan. The process involved many email communications with Joshua which were copied (at Joshua’s request) to him mum to help his language and communication needs. Where there was a face to face meeting with Joshua - mum was present but only with his agreement.
This case study is about John and Barry who are twins aged 18 and diagnosed with severe speech and language disorder. John and Barry had another year to go before finishing their courses in a school 6th form when their father was offered a job in Devon starting in the autumn that year. This meant John and Barry needed to change schools and there was a sense of urgency in getting their Statements transferred into EHCPs for them to start college in another borough from September 2016.
Joe has learning difficulties and leads a really full and active life at home – he does lots of outdoor activities, plays football, likes animals, especially dogs, and really loves eating out – although not spicy curries, thank you. He is a polite and friendly young man and can come across much more confident than he really is. This is because he is always really well supported by his Mum and Dad and the rest of his family.
Kane's story is a good example of how supporting a family through a person centred process enables them to move from being nervous and uncertain to confident and in control.
You can see the importance of having education and training related outcomes (carpentry course) clearly identified and established otherwise there is no requirement for the EHCP to be maintained by the local authority.
Kealey's story illustrates the rewards of being well prepared and creating a bespoke approach to accommodate the young person's needs and reflect their strengths and interests. The bonus was how enlightening it was for the young person's mum, who hadn’t appreciated the breadth of her daughter’s interests and what a typical teenager she had become in terms of the things that she now liked.
Lewis's story is a bit more unusual as it is about a YP who has been home-educated for most of his school years, has never had a statement but was now requesting an EHCP assessment to enable him to successfully access appropriate Post 16 provision. The IS also had to balance the expectations of the YP and his parents.
Melis's story shows how sensitive step by step support from an Independent Supporter can make sure a young person gets fully involved in their EHC plan.
This case study clearly demonstrates how working together can have such a positive outcome for both the child and the parents.
Robbie's story illustrates the importance of keeping an open mind and being well prepared. Letting the young person determine the speed, the where and the how, builds trust and pays off for the young person because it means they really are central to the whole process.
This case demonstrates providing support for the young person on their own while maintaining a positive relationship with the parent; partnership working to resolve differences; positive desired outcome for the young person.
An example of how, by seeking to protect young people from challenging and stressful situations, we might prevent their genuine participation and “ownership” of their own EHC planning. In this instance, the young person was very aware that she would find it difficult, but was adamant that she wanted to be present in the planning forum.
Tammy's story shows by taking a softly approach with this young person the Independent Supporter helped her overcome her insecurities and share her aspirations. The young person was genuinely proud of herself for this and which potentially changed the direction of what would have been included in her EHC plan if this hadn’t been captured.
Tara's story clearly illustrates how the Independent Supporter gradually pieced together this young person's goals and aspirations and as they emerged they were added to the plan. It is good to see how the young person became more comfortable and confident with the Independent Supporter and got into the swing of it and started to introduce challenges that she wanted to overcome into the mix too.
This case study is about supporting a young person and parents with transfer to a EHCP and their wish for a post 18 residential placement.