independent support with EHC plans

Independent Support offers parents and young people extra advice and practical support while they go through the process of getting an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan.

Closure of our Independent Support Service
Government funding for support with EHC assessments and plans ends on 31 July 2018. This means that our Independent Support service will no longer be available after that date, though of course we will continue to support families through our other services for parent carers and for young people. The Amaze SENDIASS service will continue to offer information, advice and support with any aspect of EHCPs by telephone and email.

Many children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) benefit from having an EHC Plan which outlines certain goals and outcomes and explains how they will be achieved. Read more about EHC needs assessments and plans.

Independent Supporters offer additional help to make sure a parent carer or young person can be fully involved throughout the EHC process. We work with families in East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton & Hove to understand EHC Plans and the process to request one, and then support them to develop and maintain the EHC Plan.

All families who need extra support can have an Independent Supporter and young people aged 16 to 25 may also request an Independent Supporter of their own. Read more about Amaze services for young people.

  • East and West Sussex Independent Support – Call: 0300 123 7782
  • Brighton and Hove Independent Support – Call: 01273 772289 (choose option 1)

The Independent Support service in East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton and Hove is provided by Amaze with funding from the government. The service is independent but works in partnership with local authorities, schools, colleges and other services. All of the Independent Support team have a DBS (formerly CRB) check and have completed accredited national training. Download our Independent Support leaflets in the box to the right or read our Service Outline [MS Word 85kb for more information.

How can an Independent Supporter help?
Support for Annual Reviews
How do I get an Independent Supporter?


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