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All Together Better is a course open to young people with a special educational need or a disability and their parents.
We expect most young people attending to be aged 12 to 25 but it is not a problem if people are older or younger than this.
Young People can attend on their own, with their parents, or with someone who supports them.
Parents can also attend without their child or young person.
On the course you will learn about how to have more control over the support you receive.
You will also learn about how health and care services work and how parents and young people can work to make those services better.
The course takes place on Fridays and Saturdays during the daytime in the spring.
The dates that the course will take place are 23rd and 24th of February, 9th, 10th, 23rd, and 24th of March, 20th, and 21st of April and will take place at The Frank Sorrell Centre in Southsea.
It is free to attend the course.
There will also be free lunch and refreshments when people attend the course.
We hope that 30 people will attend the course, 15 of them will be parents and the other 15 will be young people.
We know that some young people may find it difficult to attend the course because of problems with travel or getting time off from college or work.
If this is a problem for you and you would like to attend then we can help you to fix those problems.
If there is anything else we can do to make it easier for you to attend or to help you feel comfortable when you do attend then let us know.
If you would like to find out more you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07825185608.
With support from the Department for Education, Independent Support has produced two short animation films aimed at parents to help explain the EHCP process and the Person Centred Connection.
When Local Authorities make certain decisions about the education and/or training of a child or young person with SEN, there is a right of appeal to an independent Tribunal – The Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal, known as “SEND”. If the decision concerns a child, it is the parent who has the right of appeal. If the decision concerns a young person, then it is the young person who has the right of appeal.
All SEN appeals registered after 1st August 2016 will now have a 12 week timetable (instead of the previous 20 week one). Appeals about disability discrimination will continue to have longer timetables.
The timetable for your appeal will be set out in the Tribunal's registration letter and directions. You should read these very carefully and note the important dates as it is still possible that some appeals might be listed on a slightly different timetable depending on the availability of Judges and Panel members.
If the matter is urgent, or you would like your case to be listed in less than 12 weeks, you can ask for that to happen. The Tribunal has introduced an 'Earlier Hearing Date' form which you could use to ask for this. If you do want to ask for a shorter timetable it will be helpful to let the Local Authority know that you are doing so, and try to see if they will also agree to the appeal being dealt with more quickly.
Before bringing an appeal to SEND, consideration of mediation must come first. This does not mean that mediation is compulsory, but it must be considered. The exception is an appeal about the school/college placement or where no school/college is named.
A decision that is challengeable by bringing a case to SEND could potentially be eligible for legal aid. The type of help available is known as “legal help”. A parent or young person with a right of appeal eligible for this will receive support from a solicitor to prepare the case and may also be able to obtain funding for any additional evidence needed such as reports from independent experts. It will not include advocacy support at a hearing. To check if you may be entitled to legal aid, check the civil legal advice website https://www.gov.uk/civil-legal-advice
There are a set of You tube clips which outline the whole process and will probably answer most of your questions however if you need local support feel free to contact the Information Advice and Support Service 0300 303 2000 or the Independent Support Service 0330 6600 925 both are free and confidential.