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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.
Portsmouth Parent Voice are interested in hearing about your journey through the new EHC assessment process.
£5 voucher for your time.
Contact Portsmouth Parent Voice on 07825 185 168 or email@example.com to arrange a suitable time.
Or online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VXSGDQ8 for transfer from statement to EHCP
and https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VNNRL9M for new EHCP.
Is your child in school in Portsmouth?
Would you like to be more involved in your child's school?
Would you like to find out more about the support for children with SEND in schools?
Would you like to meet other parents of children and young people with SEND at your child's school?
Would you like to work alongside your child's SENCo and help improve the school's SEND work?
If so why not become a school SEN Champion?
We are looking for volunteers to help organise coffee mornings and help distribute information to parents.
We are looking for representatives across the city.
Full training and support will be offered as well as a free DBS check.
If you would like to find out more please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you a parent or carer of a child or young person with additional needs or disability and living in Portsmouth?
Would you like to come and meet other parents and members of Portsmouth Parent Voice?
Portsmouth Parent Voice are holding a free Coffee Morning on Tuesday 21st March from 10 am to 12 noon at The Frank Sorrell Centre,
Prince Albert Road,