Independent Support - A Linear Report

Written by Martin Bull, CDCDate 19 Oct 2015

This progress report give's an overview of the activities and outcomes of Independent Support in it's first year of operation. 


The report provides a detailed overview of the evidence and build phase with a particular focus on how local partnerships were successfully established to help develop strong working relationships between local services, local authorities and families. It talks about governance arrangements that have been put in place to ensure transparency and accountability and the training and support provided to local providers to build their knowledge and expertise. It also examines some of the challenges and issues that local IS providers encountered in the initial launch phase and how they worked with local authorities, schools and other educational institutions to help them understand their new duties and responsiblilities.

Key outcomes:

  • National coverage across 152 local authourities
  • 1,308 Independent Supporters working local areas
  • 16,431 EHC plans were supported by an Independent Supporter