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Independent support: SEND

Independent supporters work directly with young people and their parents or carers

Our independent supporters help children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) who are going through an education, health and care (EHC) needs assessment.

Independent support worker with children in background

We give independent support in 29 local council areas, listed below. The service is free of charge if you live in one of these areas.

Our independent supporters:

  • listen and understand the young person's needs
  • attend meetings for extra support
  • make sure everybody involved understands the young person's views
  • help to explain all the reports and recommendations
  • help with developing an education, health and care (EHC) plan

Our independent supporters don't work for the local council. They are Barnardo's staff specially trained to work with families. The support usually lasts between 15 and 20 weeks for each family.

Find a service near you.

Request an independent supporter

Parents, carers and young people aged 16 to 25 can contact the independent support service in the local councils listed below by email or telephone.

Local councils

Barking and Dagenham

Email: ISBarkingDagenham@barnardos.org.uk

Telephone: 0808 800 0037

Barnet

Email: ISBarnet@barnardos.org.uk

Telephone: 0808 800 0037

Blackburn with Darwen

Email: IndependentSupporters@barnardos.org.uk

Telephone: 01772 629470

Blackpool

Email: IndependentSupporters@barnardos.org.uk

Telephone: 01772 629470 

Bolton

Email: IndependentSupporters@barnardos.org.uk

Telephone: 01772 629470

Bradford

Email: bradfordindependentsupport@barnardos.org.uk

Telephone: 01274 481183

Bury

Email: isduty@togethertrust.org.uk

Telephone: 0161 283 4848

Halton

Email: ISS@PSS.org.uk

Telephone: 0151 702 5555

Hammersmith and Fulham

Email: ISHammersmithFulham@barnardos.org.uk

Telephone: 0808 800 0037

Haringey

Email: ISHaringey@barnardos.org.uk

Telephone: 0808 800 0037

Harrow

Email: ISHarrow@barnardos.org.uk

Telephone: 0808 800 0037

Havering

Email: ISHavering@barnardos.org.uk

Telephone: 0808 800 0037

Kensington and Chelsea

Email: ISKesingtonChelsea@barnardos.org.uk

Telephone: 0808 800 0037

Knowsley

Email: ISS@PSS.org.uk

Telephone: 0151 702 5555

Lancashire

Email: IndependentSupporters@barnardos.org.uk

Telephone: 01772 629 470

Liverpool

Email: ISS@PSS.org.uk

Telephone: 0151 702 5555

Manchester

Email: isduty@togethertrust.org.uk

Telephone: 0161 283 4848

Newham

Email: ISNewham@barnardos.org.uk

Telephone: 0808 800 0037

Oldham

Email: isduty@togethertrust.org.uk

Telephone: 0161 283 4848

Rochdale

Email: elaine.gansler@barnardos.org.uk

Telephone: 01706 515717

Salford

Email: isduty@togethertrust.org.uk

Telephone: 0161 283 4848

Sefton

Email: ISS@PSS.org.uk

Telephone: 0151 702 5555

St Helens

Email: ISS@PSS.org.uk

Telephone: 0151 702 5555

Tameside

Email: isduty@togethertrust.org.uk

Telephone: 0161 283 4848

Tower Hamlets

Email: ISTowerHamlets@barnardos.org.uk

Telephone: 0808 800 0037

Wakefield

Email: wakefieldindependentsupport@barnardos.org.uk

Telephone: 01924 304152

Waltham Forest

Email: ISWalthamForest@barnardos.org.uk

Telephone: 0808 800 0037

Warrington

Email: ISS@PSS.org.uk

Telephone: 0151 702 5555

Wirral

Email:  ISS@PSS.org.uk

Telephone: 0151 702 5555