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Free, confidential and impartial information for parents and carers. We offer advice and support in issues related to Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). This includes information and processes related to health and social care.
The definition of SEN & Disabilities, identifying health needs, allowances and Social Care
Guidance on who to talk to and advice around bullying.
Information on early child development and support
Information on SEN support and supporting behaviour and literacy difficulties at school
A description of Essex local authority services and professionals and when it is appropriate to involve a professional
An overview of the different types of educational settings and how they support children with SEND
Information on how to apply for home to school transport, understanding your rights and how to appeal a transport decision
Information on special educational needs funding in mainstream schools, including Early Years, Further and Higher Education settings
Information on applying and starting a new school, transition and moving schools, how to appeal a school place and home education.
Information on school attendance, Emotional Based School Avoidance, Reduced Timetables, Penalty Notices and supporting medical needs
Information on suspensions and permanent exclusions, unlawful exclusions, what to do if you don't agree and managed moves
Information on EHC Needs Assessment, how to apply for one and local authority decisions around assessment requests
Information around EHC plans, such as draft plans, choosing a school, finalising the plan, mediation and more.
Information on Annual Reviews, such as Phase Transfers and what happens if the local authority cease an EHCP following an Annual Review
Information on lodging an appeal, such as refusal to assess, refusal to issue, contents and/or school placement, cease to maintain and more
This information is about personal budgets for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN).
Information on how to raise concerns or make a formal complaint, resolving disagreements, appeals, disability discrimination tribunal claims and Judicial Review