Independent Support

The Independent Support Service Impartial Information, Support and Guidance Regarding Educational Health & Care Plans for Children and Young People aged from 0 to 25 living with Special Educational Needs or a Disability.

Good news for those parents, children and young people who were supported by Herefordshire Carers Support (HCS) Independent Support Service with their initial Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or transfer from statement to EHCP.   The Council for Disabled Children (who monitor the Independent Support Contract), have agreed that HCS Independent support Service can now also support at the EHC Annual Reviews. We can support you to prepare for and attend the meeting, complete family contribution paperwork, liaise with professionals and ensure that you are supported and well informed throughout the process.

So if you or your child has an EHCP annual review coming up and you would like support from our Independent Support Service or information please  email Katherine Fellows, Independent Support Co-ordinator or call 01432 356068.

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We are looking to recruit a bank of volunteers from our parent carer community in order to build resilience and sustainability into our Independent Support service and to support new entrants into the system.

This will be particularly important following the March 18 deadline for all statements to be transferred to Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP’s).

If you feel that this is a role that you would be interested in exploring please email Katherine Fellows or call 01432 356068.