Independent Young People Supporter

Could you help support a young person in a meeting with educational professionals? Your role as an Independent Young

Person Supporter would help them to put across their views, help take notes to remind them of what was said and really

help the young person to feel confident that they are getting appropriate support.

Parents and young people really appreciate the support an IYPS 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:

- listen to young people and encourage them to be confident in their views

- help a young person to find information about special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities related to education

- support a young person to understand their options for their future education and training

- accompany a young person to visits/meetings with schools/colleges or the Children's Services Department, to ask

questions, take notes, seek clarification and afterwards discuss what was said

- help a young person to understand the content of any letter or information from the Children's Services Department

- make telephone calls, help write letters or complete forms


- strong verbal communication skills

- 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

- trustworthy and reliable

- the ability to be objective, rational and have a balanced view on issues

- the ability to question a young person's interpretation of situations, if and when appropriate

- easily contactable, with enough free time to devote to the work

- the ability to see things through

- no potential conflict of interest

- own transport


Previous experience of special educational needs is not required. A background in education, health or social care is

useful, but a willingness to learn and an interest in SEND is essential.


  • Age restrictions
  • DBS check required
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Written role description
  • Accessibility
  • Volunteer induction
  • Ongoing support
  • Health and Safety Policy

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 27/02/2018

End Date: 29/02/2020

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This opportunity is available Countywide.

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