Independent Supporters are individuals who are recruited and managed by the private, voluntary and community sector to provide advice and support for parents of children with SEN, and young people with SEN, through the statutory assessment and Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) processes. Independent Supporters offer a range of time-limited support such as liaison across different agencies and advice on personal budgets. The level and nature of that support will be tailored to the particular needs of individual families. This service is independent from the local authority. Independent Supporters are recruited by the private, voluntary and community sectors, and via the IAS Service.