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Protecting Your Rights

Factsheets & Template Letters

Our expert Public Law & Human Rights solicitors have prepared a series of documents to help you navigate this tricky area of law and ensure that your and your family’s rights are respected by public bodies and the government.

Our Factsheets provide easy to follow explanations of the law and how you make can make sure that your rights are respected across a variety of situations.

You can use our Template Letters free of charge to make requests, complaints, challenges and appeals to public bodies yourself. Each letter is professionally drafted by our lawyers to the same high standards that we maintain for all of our clients.

If you can’t find a document to help with your specific situation, please call our team on 0800 028 1943 for a free, confidential consultation to see how we could help.

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Education

Factsheets



Environment

Factsheets



Health & Social Care

Factsheets

Template Letters



Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014

Factsheets

The following factsheets have been prepared to provide additional information to parents and young people:

  1. Introduction
  2. Definitions
  3. Duties on Schools
  4. EHC needs assessments
  5. The EHC plan
  6. Health duties
  7. Social care assessments and duties for children
  8. Social care assessments and duties over 18
  9. Duties to carers and carers assessments
  10. The Local Offer
  11. Advocacy
  12. Consultation
  13. Information, advice and support
  14. Support for pupils with medical conditions
  15. SEN support – early years
  16. SEN support – schools
  17. SEN support – further education
  18. Personal Budgets
  19. Direct Payments
  20. Annual Reviews and Re-assessments
  21. Preparing for adulthood
  22. Implementation and transitional agreements
  23. Mediation
  24. Tribunal appeals
  25. Complaints
  26. Judicial Review
  27. Legal Aid
  28. Organisations that can provide specialist support and advice

Template Letters

The following template letters have been prepared to support parents and young people in writing to local authorities:

  1. Requesting an EHC needs assessment
  2. Chasing up on the outcome of an assessment request
  3. Requesting amendments to a draft plan (including requesting a school or placement)
  4. Chasing up on the outcome of a final plan
  5. Requesting a personal budget
  6. Requesting a direct payment
  7. Appealing a decision to refuse direct payments
  8. Requesting a social care assessment for a child or young person under 18
  9. Requesting a social care assessment for a young person over 18
  10. Requesting a carers assessment
  11. Requesting information regarding the Local Offer
  12. Requesting further information, advice and support
  13. Requesting support from an advocate
  14. Making a complaint in relation to failure to work together
  15. Making a complaint in relation to failure to arrange provision in the EHC plan
  16. Chasing up on the outcome of an annual review
  17. Chasing up on the progress of issuing an amended statement

Template letters have not been prepared for circumstances where parents or young people wish to challenge a decision or exercise their rights of appeal, as they should seek specialist advice instead.



The Care Act

Factsheets

The following factsheets have been prepared to provide additional information relating to the Care Act for adults and their carers:

  1. An Introduction to the Care Act
  2. Key Principles of the Care Act
  3. Care Plans
  4. Carers' Rights
  5. Advocacy under the Care Act 2014
  6. Needs Assessments under the Care Act
  7. Financial Assessments
  8. Transition from Childrens to Adult Care Services
  9. Safeguarding
  10. Eligibility Criteria

Also see our Care Act infographic for more information.

Template Letters

The following template letters have been prepared to support adults and their carers in writing to local authorities.

  1. Requesting a needs assessment
  2. Requesting a needs assessment for an individual lacking capacity
  3. Requesting a carer's assessment
  4. Requesting a child's needs assessment


Human Rights



Judicial Review

Factsheets



Mental Capacity

Factsheets



Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Template Letters

We have prepared template letters to be used by people who are concerned that a friend or family member is being deprived of their liberty in a hospital or care home without authorisation.

  • The first letter is to be sent to the manager of the hospital or care home requesting that a DoLS authorisation be put in place.
  • The second letter is to be sent to the local authority in the event that no satisfactory response is received to the above letter.
  • The third letter is to be sent to the relevant social worker where an individual is deprived of his or her liberty in a placement that is not a registered care home or hospital (for example a 'supported living' placement).

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