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Independent Support

Independent Support for families on:

  • assessments for Education Health and Care (EHC) Plans, 
  • personal budgets,
  • direct payments and all related matters. 

Parents, carers, children and young people (aged up to 25) can ask for Independent Support from

by phone, email or face to face. This service provides free, impartial, confidential advice to Wandsworth's parents, carers, children and young people.

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

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 focussed 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, right, set out in full how this scheme works.

Other local sources of advice include:

SEND Parent Carers in Wandsworth

National sources of advice include:




The Council for Disabled Children (CDC)