Are you worried about your child? An international group has written a guide in the form of letters to parents and professionals to introduce key experiences faced by many families in this situation and to highlight their needs. Click icon to browse the guide intended to support families of children with complex needs and the professionals who care for them. See also introduction.
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.
To find out what you are entitled to click Contact icon. It takes you to their education page. Then choose what you want to know about and see what you should be able to expect and what to do if you do not seem to be getting it: e.g. for extra support in mainstream school. Contact was founded by families of disabled children – see Our story.
Their SENDirect website offers a national service for parents and professionals to help:
- tell if an activity or service might be worth trying for their child
- speak directly to activity providers about adapting services or help create suitable new services (as budgets allow)
- shape and buy activities, support and equipment easily online. See: introduction to SENDirect or click icon for more information
SENDirect was founded by a group of disability charities assisted by government grants – see About us.
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. Check out their FAQ page. This includes: School duties Local autority duties
Click icon to see the official Lincolnshire SEN support index. In EHC Needs Assessment they say, Your child’s school or other education setting will often be able to meet the needs of children / young people through SEN Support. Sometimes a more intensive level of specialist help may be needed. In these circumstances, it may be necessary to consider an EHC needs assessment.
Liaise provide 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.
- See: Introduction The service Booklets – e.g. click the picture on the right
- They have Confidentiality and Impartiality policies. The information, advice and support should be impartial and provided at arm’s length from the local authority and Clinical Commissioning Groups.
- For more information see: website
A ‘call back’ can be requested on 0800 195 1635. Email: email@example.com
Educational psychology service
The Educational Psychology Service now 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 Helpline
See: How they work Principles Delivery To help children prepare for a consultation, see pupil’s guide:
See also Resources for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
Social communication outreach
Gosberton House School, near Spalding, provides the service, which is accredited by the National Autistic Society (NAS). The school specialises in autism It is a primary school and offers the service across Lincolnshire. It is for pupils in mainstream school. It is the school rather than the parent that needs to refer the pupil, though parents can seek advice about getting a referral.
Click the National Autistic Society icon on the left to find out about extra help in school. If you cannot find what you are looking for try the phone icon on the right to find out about their Education rights service. Look for the How we can help link. You can phone or use email.
Core Assets Children’s Services offer free independent support with the new Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans – for children and young people with SEN. Parents and young people can apply directly for assistance, or simply make enquiries, via Referrals. Chose the large parent/carer button. See FAQ and website for more more information, e.g. this support is available in Lincolnshire and Northamtonshire.
We work in partnership with Liaise, but focus specifically on the EHC assessments and the transfers from statements to EHC’s, whereas Liaise support all SENd concerns.
- 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
- Independent Parental Special Education Advice (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
Please be aware that we, at GAIN, are not qualified to give advice. See disclaimer.