The focus of the volunteer training will be on the skills needed for the role. The areas covered in the training will be:

  • Introduction to the role of an Independent Parental Support (IPS)
  • Support for children and young people with additional needs
  • Looking at the parents' perspective
  • Listening and communication skills
  • Resolution of disagreements
  • Education Health and Care assessment
  • Supporting parents to express their views
  • Attending meetings and taking notes
  • Supporting parents and carers to access relevant information and services

Training involves approximately 18 hours of face-to-face training in 3-hour sessions. There will also be opportunities to shadow existing staff and observe the way we work.

Volunteers will have on-going support and supervision and are required to attend refresher training sessions.