What does the role involve?
As an Independent Partnership Supporter (IPS) you will be supporting families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in various ways. Below are some examples;
- Help them through the maze of education, health and social care where it is linked to education
- Help them to be fully involved in their child’s education
- Listen to their concerns and help them to express their views
- Help assessing paperwork
- Explain about assessments and Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP)
- Explain procedures and choices
- Giving help filling in forms, writing letters and reports
- Attend meetings with the family
The IPS training course
The Independent Partnership Supporter (IPS) training course will help you to develop the knowledge and skills that you will need in order to volunteer for us. We aim to run this course two times a year.
You must have good computer and literacy skills, access to a computer and the internet, have your own transport and be able to support young people and parents during the day. You will need to be confident to read and explain written documents to others, make notes and help fill in forms. Support is available if you have a disability or a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia.
The application form is available to complete on our website, or you can contact us for a paper copy. All applications will require two references and an enhanced data and barring check (DBS).
There is an introductory session where you will be able to discuss both the role of the IPS and the course in more detail.
After this we hold informal interviews and then contact people to confirm places on the course.
The course will consist of 3 compulsory full days of face to face training alongside some online training to be done at home. Once you have successfully completed the training and become a volunteer there is an expectation that you will take part in additional training as required as offer volunteer time to our service for a period of 2 years.
Online Application Form
You will also find an online application form along with details of dates and venues of forthcoming courses. We generally run two courses each year in different parts of the county.
To find out more about becoming an Independent Partnership Supporter or to chat about the training please ring the SEND Partnership office.
For paper copies of our leaflets, newsletter, application and booking forms along with details of dates and venues, please ring the office.
Please pay particular attention to the leaflets called Norfolk SEND Partnership; The Independent Partnership Supporter and The Independent Partnership Supporter at Meetings.