Independent supporter (IS)
The independent supporter is a government funded project which in Norfolk will be based with Scope and Norfolk SEND Partnership (Parent Partnership) to help families going through the Education Health and Care (EHC) plan process. This may be a new EHC plan, a transition (move) from a Statement of Special Educational Needs to an EHC plan or an annual review of an EHC plan.
The IS will be independent of the local authority and will receive training, including legal training, to enable them to provide this support to parents and young people.
The local authority should work with the organisations providing IS support to ensure arrangements are made to offer help to as many families as possible who require it.