Independent Specialist Placements guidance

There is a clear process for agreeing and funding residential post-16 placements for high needs learners with Independent Specialist Providers (ISPs).

This process is led by Achieving for Children (AfC), the community interest company owned by Kingston and Richmond Councils, but is undertaken jointly with adult social care services from both local authorities and the respective Clinical Commissioning Groups.

The process is set out in our ISP Protocol(pdf, 2397KB), which is written on behalf of AfC and both local authorities. The Protocol provides guidance on the placement process for young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities at independent specialist providers for the academic year 2014/2015 starting from 1 September 2014.

The purpose of this document is to ensure that our placement procedures are in line with national legislation and policy. The Protocol sets out the post-16 placement process and procedures for young people, their parents, carers and advocates, referring agencies, schools and ISPs. AfC is committed to ensuring that the provision and the curriculum offer for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities will enable them to access and engage in learning at the level(s) and in the pathway(s) that meet their learning needs, interests and aspirations.

Updated: 2 September 2014