Independent Support Scheme

Wandsworth's Independent Support Scheme is for young people, 16 to 25 years old, with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and their parents and carers, who are having assessments for Education Health and Care (EHC) Plans. This includes personal budgets, direct payments and all related matters. 

It is available from ;

by phone, email or face to face. This service provides free, impartial, confidential advice.

Schools, children’s centres, the local authority and other services may also refer parents, carers or young people to these services.

The Independent Support Scheme is not a universal service taken up by everyone going through the EHC assessment process (as the funding available does not provide the capacity for this). It is a service that families can choose to access if they want or need it.   The provision of the Independent Support Scheme will be focused on the more vulnerable families and/or those with needs that are more complex.

The Memorandum of Understanding and the Referral Protocol, on Independent Support in Wandsworth, both attached, below, set out in full how this scheme works.

Other local sources of advice include:

Positive Parent Action

National sources of advice include:

Contact, for families with disabled children

IPSEA

KIDS

The Council for Disabled Children (CDC)

Costs

Details
Free

Availability

Age Ranges
0-25 years
Referral Details

Parents, carers and young people (aged 16-25) can ask for Independent Support direct from the either of the providers. 

Schools, children’s centres, the local authority and other services may also refer parents, carers or young people to these services.

Local Offer

Description

What is Wandsworth’s Local Offer ?

To use these services you:

  • Can refer yourself or your child and/or
  • You can be referred by your school, children's centre, the local authority or other organisations

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