If you think that your child may have Special/Additional Educational needs (SEN), you may need to find someone who will take the time to listen and discover for themselves what your child is like and what he or she needs. It might have taken you years of devoted attention to piece together your own insights and it may take some time for others to catch up with you. See also: Diagnosis and school
The first port of call for parents with concerns about their child’s Special Educational Needs (SEN) may be the school Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator or SENCo for short.
Contact (for families with disabled children) was founded by parents. Have a look at Who are we? Click page icon to find out about their helpline. You can get in touch with Contact by phone or email. See also their FAQ tool.
Pupils on the autistic spectrum may find it hard to fit in at mainstream school or college. Settings may not have the expertise to adapt to the needs of such pupils. The Working Together Team may be able to help. Click icon for the basics. See also How it works for more detail.
Click icon to find out how to complain to the Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman. See Education news for article about trends.
LIASE provides free and confidential information, advice and support to parents of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability. This might be a good place to look next for parents with concerns about SEN. Click icon for an introduction. It has downloads in right margin, e.g. Support in mainstream school.
A ‘call back’ can be requested on 0800 195 1635. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Educational Psychology Service has a telephone helpline for parents. It is advertised by Lincolnshire County Council and is available on a Tuesday from 1.30pm to 4.00pm. Phone 01522 554673 and ask for the helpline. See: How they work FAQ Charlie’s case
To help children prepare for a consultation, see pupil’s guide.
See also Families for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
The National Autistic Society has several pages about extra help in school. Click page icon to browse. If you cannot find what you are looking for try the phone icon on the right to find out about their Education rights service. You can phone or email.
Independent Parental Special Education Advice (IPSEA). They offer legally based information and advice to help get the right education for your child or young person. Click icon for their website. Have a look at: Who we are Our services Get support Sarah’s story
- IPSEA: 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 See: SEND tribunal website
- Coram legal centre Legai Aid may be available if and EHC assessment is refused. Officially legal aid comes through Coram. (Liase) See: how we do it website