Living with Special Educational Needs (SEN) means that you may face challenges every day before you even get to the school gates. SEN services in the UK are usually excellent and balanced to your needs, but if those services fail, it can leave you daunted and unsure of where to turn.
If you are (or you care for) a child or young person with SEN and you want to challenge a local authority decision, you need an experienced lawyer who understands your needs. At Irwin Mitchell, our national team of dedicated SEN solicitors have helped clients make successful challenges where:
A school or local authority may not be recognising the child or young person’s needs
There’s difficulty obtaining a diagnosis
There’s been disability discrimination
There’s been issues accessing the appropriate support in schools or colleges
There are difficulties accessing a Home Education package where a child or young person can’t attend school
You’re having trouble accessing suitable school transport
You need to secure statutory funding for independent school placements (including residential schools and colleges, therapeutic provision and 1:1 support)
You need to obtain and challenge the contents of Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans
You need to transfer a Statement of Special Education Needs to an EHC Plan
We understand that these situations can be tough for everyone, compounding the difficulties of living with SEN but, as a firm, we are recognised as one of the leading authorities in this legal area. We are experts in the changes to SEN law introduced with the Children and Families Act 2014 and were involved in the first judicial review of local authority duties under the Act,
which you can read about here.
We have also, in partnership with deaf-blind charity Sense and Monckton Chambers barrister Steve Broach, created a host of
factsheets and template letters to help you better understand the changes introduced by the act and to legally represent yourself if you do find yourself affected.
If you’d like to begin legal proceedings, or just want to find out a bit more about the process then don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can either call us on 0800 028 1943 or you can
contact us online and we’ll get back to you.
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