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Independent Support in Nottinghamshire

The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2015) states that families may receive help from an Independent Supporter who can provide impartial information, advice and support when :

  • the Local Authority has agreed an Education, Health and Care needs assessment is to be undertaken for a child/young person
  • a Statement of SEN is being converted to an Education, Health and Care Plan.
  • there is an Annual Review of an Education, Health and Care Plan.

The service is free for all :

  • Parents/carers of children aged 0 - 25 years
  • Young people aged 16 to 25years and in Year 12 or above

and covers both Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County areas.

For some families an initial visit and occasional telephone contact may provide the level of support they need. Other families may need more frequent face-to-face contact and/or support in meetings.

We have made a short film about our service aimed at parents and young people in year 12 or above. The film features parents and young people who we have worked with talking about independent support. Here is the link: Independent Support Film



Who to contact

Contact Name
Independent Support
0115 8041740 or 0115 9601869
Futures Advice Website

In Nottinghamshire both Futures and the Information Advice and Support Service (formerly Parent Partneship Service) are able to deliver Independent Support. The Information Advice and Support Service website can be accessed through the following link: IASS



Where to go


Other Details


Referral required
Referral Details

Families, young people and other agencies (with the family's permission) can make a referral.

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An Independent Supporter can help parents/young people by:

  • acting as a named contact person throughout the EHC assessment and planning process
  • liaising across a range of local services and helping gather the information required for an EHC Plan
  • helping them to understand the local referral process and local offer
  • helping them to express their views related to the EHC process
  • attending meetings with them
  • talking through options
  • signposting to Information Advice and Support Services (IASS) when the issue is outside the remit of an Independent Supporter
  • providing information about personal budgets
  • provide advice on the legalities of the EHC process, statutory duties and timeline

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Record Last Updated On: 30/07/2019

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