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KIDS Independent Supporters
The law for children and young people with special educations needs and disabilities has recently changed under the Children and Families Act.  Under this new act statements of SEN will gradually be transferred to Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs).
To help parents and young people feel confident, understand and be supported throughout these changes the government has commissioned voluntary and private sector organisations to employ Independent Supporters to provide additional staffing to support parents and young people during the transitional period.
KIDS are providing this service in your area.  Independent supporters are trained to help families during an education, health and care plan assessment and throughout the process of developing the plan.
Any age
Location and access
182 Chanterlands Avenue,
Access to this service
KIDS operate an open referral system. Please contact us to make a referral to this service.
Who this service is for
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities - a child does not need a diagnosis but support is time limited and available through the Education, Health and Care assessment and planning process (max 20 weeks).
Registered service and regulatory body
 KIDS operates a number of services under Ofsted and CQC regulations.  Independent Support is not a regulated service but has been commissioned by the Council for Disabled Children, utilising funding from the Department of Education.  The service is required to submit quarterly reports to the Department of Education via the Council for Disabled Children.
Training acquired to support children and young people with SEND and their families
Independent Supporters have received training in their role, including legal training.  KIDS is a national charity offering a range of services for disabled children, young people and their families.
All KIDS staff receive extensive training relevant to their particular roles and are experienced in working with children with SEND and their families.

Opening times
Monday: 9am-5pm 
Tuesday: 9am-5pm 
Wednesday: 9am-5pm 
Thursday: 9am-5pm 
Friday: 9am-5pm
Cost of service and payment options
This is a free service.
Contact information
Tel: (01482) 467540
Contacts for comments, compliments and complaints
Sue Cawkwell, Regional Director
182 Chanterlands Avenue
Tel: (01482) 467540
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Page last updated: Monday, 18 August 2014