Core Assets Children’s Services win Independent Support Service delivery

29th Jul, 2014


Core Assets Children’s Services are thrilled to announce that they have been commissioned by the Council for Disabled Children to deliver the Independent Supporters Programme to 27 Local Authorities across seven regions. 

The Local Authorities are Rotherham, York, Hartlepool, Leicester, Leicestershire, Barnsley, Doncaster,  Sheffield, Stoke, Northamptonshire, North Yorks, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Surrey, Kirklees, NE Lincs, Warwickshire, Bedford, Central Bedfordshire Luton, Cambridgeshire, Merton, Lincolnshire, Rutland, Durham, Gateshead and  East Sussex.


The Children and Families Bill, which becomes legislation in September 2014 will make significant improvements to the support available for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN). To implement these changes, the Government are funding an Independent Support Programme with a total investment of £30 million until March 2016. This programme aims to provide additional support to help families of children and young people with SEN and disabilities to progress through the new SEND assessment of education, health and care planning which will replace current Statements of Special Educational Need.

The Independent Supporters will provide independent help, advice and support to families by offering 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. Core Assets Children Services have been commissioned to recruit and train Independent Supporters to support families in the East and West Midlands, North East, Yorkshire and Humber, Outer London, the East of England and the South West.

Core Assets Children’s Services CEO, Sally Melbourne, is delighted with the win: “This contract has been built on our earlier consultation work that we also undertook on behalf of CDC and is great news for Core Assets Children’s Services. It is a recognition of our expertise and commitment in working with disabled children and their families.”

If you want any further information please contact Carole Knowles ( or Pauline Stormont (