STOP PRESS - New website coming soon
We shall be launching a brand new website in the near future but have meanwhile made a few important changes to this page.
SOS!SEN operates a free, friendly, confidential telephone helpline for parents and others seeking information and advice on special educational needs
Need help? Call our helpline on
020 8538 3731.
We offer advice on:
- getting the right help for your child
- dealing with your school and local authority
- interpreting official letters
- getting a statement for your child
- finding independent professional advice
- appealing to the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SENT) Tribunal
For details of the helpline closures - see the CONTACT US
Walk-in advice centres - new centre added
Come and talk to one of our staff face-to-face. We run free monthly “surgeries” in Thornton Heath, Aldershot, and 51 Hampton Hill and, from October 2013, an additional evening centre just five minutes walk from Waterloo station in central London.
Unfortunately there are no facilities for parking at any of our advice centres. Please use public transport or allow plenty of time to find parking in the area.
Find out more HERE
SOS!SEN runs regular hands-on training sessions on topics such as how to appeal an SEN statement and how to prepare for a Tribunal hearing. It also runs workshops on special SEN topics. Bookings for the following one-day parent workshops being held in Hampton Hill this Autumn are now open:
- Saturday 21 September 2013: Statutory Assessment and Appealing Refusal to Assess
- Saturday 5 October 2013: Appealing a Statement
- Saturday 19 October 2013: The Working Document for Tribunal
Places are limited to 10 participants, and the £60 fee includes a sandwich lunch. For full details and a booking form please click here
. Please contact Martin Dean at email@example.com
if you have any queries.
On Tuesday 22nd October a morning workshop, "Preferences or Problems? Sensory Challenges in Education" is being held at Bushy House at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington. This workshop is essential for all who need to know more about awareness of a child's sensory nervous system, and how sensory difficulties can impact upon their behaviour.
For further details, a booking form, and a poster which you can download, please click here
Changes to SEN Law
The Law relating to SEN is in the process of some change.
Currently the Children and families Bill is working its way through Parliament. The new provisions are expected to apply from Autumn 2014. Meanwhile
SOS!SEN works within the framework of existing legislation whilst preparing for the future.
SOS!SEN Research into Parent Experiences of the SEND Tribunal
SOS!SEN is currently completing some research into the experiences of parents who have participated in the SEND Tribunal system. Findings will be published in the Autumn.
If you have been to a SEND Tribunal within the last two years, or if your case fell through in the two weeks before the Tribunal we would very much like to hear from you by 7th July. Please click HERE
to take part in the survey.
- Statutory assessments
- Tribunal appeals
- Judicial reviews
- Legal aid (to be updated)
Find out more HERE