Independent Parental Supporter (IPS)

Could you help support a parent in a meeting with educational professionals? Or can you see yourself visiting a parent at home to help them to write their views about their child's special educational needs? 

Your role as an Independent Parental Supporter would help the parent to put across their views, help take notes to remind them of what was said and really help the parent to feel confident that their child is getting appropriate support.

Parents really appreciate the support an IPS gives.

This is an interesting and rewarding role and you can choose to do as little or as much as you would like.

Main tasks:

Help parents understand paperwork or verbal advice from their child's school or the local authority relating to their child's education.

Listen to parents and encourage them to be confident in expressing their views.

Help parents to express their views in writing, seek clarification or request updates on progress.

Support parents at meetings with schools, colleges or the local authority.

Signpost to other organisations when information, advice and support is required about matters other than educational issues.


We are looking for someone who has:

Strong verbal communication skills

The ability to provide information in an impartial way

The ability to listen and reflect back

Effective writing skills

The ability to feel at ease with and relate to a wide range of people

Tact/diplomacy and respect for confidentiality


  • Accessibility
    Depends on location of indivual meetings. Ideally volunteers need to be able bodied and have access to their own transport.
  • Age restrictions
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    Petrol @ 40p per mile.
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
    Ongoing support and supervision.
  • Recruitment Process
  • Training provided
    Training can take place at the volunteer’s home on a one to one basis. However, if several volunteers come forwards at a similar time then a group training session is hosted in Winchester.
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

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Availability Details

Role is home-based with ongoing support - volunteers will visit families in their own homes and attend meetings in schools, colleges etc.


This opportunity is available in the following areas:


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