About IPS

How can an Independent Partnership Supporter (IPS) help parents/carers and young people?

If you are a parent or carer of a child with special educational needs, or a young person 16-25 years old, an IPS can:

  • help you through the maze of education and health and social care where it is linked to education
  • help you to be fully involved as a partner in your or your child’s education
  • listen to your concerns and help you to express your views
  • help you to access relevant and up-to-date information
  • explain about needs assessments, statements and Education, Health and Care Plans
  • explain procedures and choices
  • help you to fill in forms, write letters and reports
  • go with you to meetings.

Norfolk SEND Partnership has a team of Independent Partnership Supporters.


  • are volunteers
  • have initial Gateway Assured training
  • have ongoing training and support from the Norfolk SEND Partnership team.

If you would like to talk about getting support from one of our volunteers contact:

Norfolk SEND Partnership office on: 01603 704070