National Helpline

 

Call us:

020 8538 3731

Walk in advice centres

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Helpful links

Government sites

Department for Education (DfE) -
www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-education
The DfE’s main website.

Department for Education : Special Educational Needs -
www.gov.uk/children-with-special-educational-needs
The DfE’s site specifically relating to SEN.

Tribunals Service -
www.justice.gov.uk/tribunals/send
SEND’s specific website, containing the Appeal forms and information about how to appeal.

Local Authority search -
www.gov.uk/find-your-local-council
Helps you find your Local Authority.

Local Government Ombudsman -
www.lgo.org.uk

Ofsted (the Office for Standards in Education) -
www.ofsted.gov.uk
The government’s School Inspectorate that inspects schools and publishes inspection reports.

Information Commissioner -
www.ico.org.uk
Provides details of how to find information held on a child, or on school or LA policies and practices. Includes requests under the Data Protection and Freedom of Information Acts.

Equality and Rights Commission -
www.equalityhumanrights.com
Independent body to prevent discrimination and promote equality of opportunity of disabled people.

Statutory Guidance on School Exclusions -
www.education.gov.uk/aboutdfe/statutory/g00210521/statutory-guidance-regs-2012

Managing Medicines at School -
www.gov.uk/government/publications/managing-medicines-in-schools-and-early-years-settings

Children who cannot attend school through poor health -
www.education.gov.uk/aboutdfe/statutory/g00219676/health-needs-education

 

 

Support, advice and representation for young people in difficulty

Carers Direct -
http://www.nhs.uk/CarersDirect/guide/parent-carers/Pages/caring-disabled-child.aspx
Support service for Carers.

IPSEA -
www.ipsea.org.uk/
Independent Advocacy Service.

Gransnet -
www.gransnet.com/

Mumsnet -
http://www.mumsnet.com/special-needs/education/school

Well at School -
www.wellatschool.org/
Supports children and young people at school with medical and mental health conditions.

Citizens Advice Bureau -
www.adviceguide.org.uk/

Gabbitas Guide -
www.gabbitas.co.uk/

Good Schools Guide -
http://www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk/sen

 

Support Organisations

National Autistic Society -
www.autism.org.uk/

British Dyslexia Association -
www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/

ASD Friendly -
www.asdfriendly.org/

Dyslexia Action -
www.dyslexiaaction.org.uk

NASEN -
www.nasen.org.uk/

Helen Arkell Institute -
www.arkellcentre.org.uk/

Just for Kids Law -
www.justforkidslaw.org/