Independent Support Programme to close at the end of July (2018)

Published: 11 July 2018

The Independent Support Programme closed on 31 July 2018.

Independent Support was always intended to be a time-limited service, supporting the transfer from Statements of SEN to Education Health and Care (EHC) Plans.

Where to go from 25 July 2018

From August 2018 onwards parents/carers, children and young people will continue to be able to access information, advice and support relating to EHC needs assessments, EHC plans and annual reviews from Buckinghamshire’s Special Educational Needs Information, Advice and Support Service, (SENDIAS).   From 25 July 2018 please direct all requests for support directly to SENDIAS (details below).


Buckinghamshire SENDIAS Service is part of the Information Advice and Support Programme which is a national government initiative. The programme is designed to ensure that, in every local authority area, children and young people with SEND and their parents have access to impartial and free information, advice and support covering SEND issues, including a dedicated free phone service.

Led by the Council for Disabled Children on behalf of the Department for Education, the programme is delivered through a partnership arrangement which brings together the Information, Advice and Support Network and the ‘Helpline’ run by Contact. The programme works with Independent Parental Special Education Advice (IPSEA) as a core training provider.