Useful links & organisations

SOS! SEN

SOS!SEN  provide FREE information, advice and support with legal issues and procedures.

These include:

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A free telephone helpline

Drop in services

Information sheets

Information sheets include; LEGAL AID SINCE 1ST APRIL 2013,  Appeal against refusal to assess for an EHCP (Where limited evidence is available), and many more

Child Law advice

This charity provides ‘legal advice and information on family, child and education law affecting children and families.’

Child Law advice provides information on legal aid for educational law. This may be useful in learning more about who qualifies for legal aid and information on how an application for legal aid works. 

The Law Society

This organisation may be useful to find out more about legal aid and finding a legal aid solicitor. Please visit Legal aid #useaprofessional, where you can find a solicitor website or search for a ‘legal advisor or family mediator’ on the government website.

LawWorks

This charity provides FREE legal advice to individuals or not-for-profit organisations who are NOT ELIGIBLE for LEGAL AID and are on a low income. LawWorks provide ‘pro bono’ legal advice to all those who qualify. Please visit the legal advice for individuals section on the LawWorks website to learn about various services available. To search for legal advice clinics near you please click here.

Coram Children’s Legal Centre

Coram Children’s Legal centre specialises in children’s law and legal rights. It provides FREE legal advice and information. For further information please click here.

Maxwell Gillot Solicitors / Simpson Millar LLP Solicitors

Maxwell Gillot is an education and community care firm which has now teamed up with Simpson Millar LLP Solicitors. This firm provides set fee legal services for education law. For further information please visit Simpson Millar’s Education Law webpage along with their pricing options.

SEN4you

This law firm specialises in SEN legal advice and representations. For more information please visit theSEN4you website.

For information on costs please click here.

Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS)

Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS) is a national helpline providing information, advice and support relating to issues on equality and human rights.

For advice and information on discrimination and human rights contact EASS on Freephone:

Telephone:   0808 800 0082

Textphone:   0808 800 0084

 More about the EASS helpline

Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)

You can find useful information about discrimination on the EHRC website at www.equalityhumanrights.com.

Coram Voice

This charity supports children and young people to have a voice in children’s services by ensuring that the care system provides them with a positive experience. It encourages children and young people to take control of their own lives. The charity upholds the children and young people’s rights through an advocacy service, which caters for their needs and ensures that their voice is heard. For further information please click here.

Advocacy Services

In some cases, advocacy services can be a cost-effective way to obtain advice, support and guidance during your SEND tribunal case. The following advocacy services are experienced in SEND law and cases:

The Advocacy and Mediation Consultants Ltd.

Education Advocacy

Useful information links

Autism Act 2009

Care Act 2014

Children Act 1989

Children & families Act 2014

Chronically Sick & Disabled Person’s Act (CDSPA) 1970

Mental health and behaviour in schools’ guidance

SEND Code of Practice

Working together to safeguard children guidance

Other links:

Carers UK factsheet (page 17 to 22 are about assessments for disabled children and their families)

Child Law Advice

Contact (for families with disabled children)

Services and support from your local authority (Contact information booklet)

Council for Disabled Children (CDC)

Local Government Association – Integrated commissioning across health and social care

Preparing for adulthood website

Preparing for adulthood factsheet

Tribunals extended powers to make recommendations about health and social care