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Independent Support Programme - September 2014 - July 2018


Independent Support update: 

In 2014 as part of the SEND reforms, the government launched a national Independent Support programme to support parents and carers in the transfer of their children’s Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) to the new Education, Health and Care plans (EHCP).

In Hackney this has been delivered by the charity KIDS:


Hackney SENDIAGS (SEND Information, Advice and Guidance Service)

Independent Support was a time limited programme initially planned to run for two years, but with extensions it ran for four years whilst all statements of SEND were transferred to EHCPs. 

The programme will now finish on 31 July 2018 and as a result, the KIDS Independent Support offer in Hackney will end on this date  

Find out more:


Hackney SENDIAGS will continue to offer impartial information, advice and support to parents and young people through the EHC processes as well as all other issues related to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

They can be contacted by:

Phone: 0208 7275 6036


Find out more: Hackney SENDIAGS (SEND Information, Advice and Guidance Service)

Information for parents and young people

The Council for Disabled Children made some usefull factsheets based around relevant aspects of the reforms.

We have added them to this entry so that parents/carers and young people can download or refer to them if they would find this helpful.  

The Department for Education and the Council for Disabled Children have produced these short films to help explain SEND processes to parents and young people. 

What is an EHCP and who is it for? 


The EHCP and The Person Centred Connection


Education, Health and Care Plans - Annual Reviews


Record Last Updated on: 30/07/2018

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What to do if you have a complaint

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