Families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) may require legal support, advice and information on the legal process. This could be for a variety of reasons including ensuring their child or young person is receiving education
and support most suited to their needs.
The Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SENDist)
deals with disagreements between parents and local authorities.
If you decide to go ahead with an appeal, there are strict time limits to adhere to.
Bexley Information, Advice and Support Service (IASS) would like parents/carers and SEND young people to be aware of their rights.
On this page you will find information on the SENDist appeal process and organisations who will be able to offer additional advice and support.
Organisations providing advice & support:
Child Law advice
This charity provides ‘legal advice and information on family, child and education law.
Here you will find information on Legal Aid, qualifying criteria and an online calculator to calculate whether you qualify on financial grounds for legal advice. legal aid for educational law.
This charity provides FREE legal advice to individuals or not-for-profit organisations that are NOT ELIGIBLE for LEGAL AID and are on a low income.
LawWorks provide ‘pro bono’ legal advice to all those that qualify.
Please visit the legal advice for individuals section on the LawWorks website to learn about various services available.
Alternatively, to search for legal advice clinics near you please click here.
SOS!SEN provide FREE information, advice and support with legal issues and procedures.
Information sheets include; Appeal against refusal to assess for an EHCP (Where limited evidence is available), and many more.
This charity provides FREE ‘independent legally based advice and support for the families of children with SEN and/or disability.’ IPSEA website.
CEREBRA Legal Directory
This charity provides information organisations that offer legal advice and support. For more information please click here.
Coram Children’s Legal Centre
Coram Children’s Legal centre specialises in children’s law and legal rights. It provides FREE legal advice and information. For further information please click here.
This charity supports care experienced children and young people to have a voice whilst in children’s services by ensuring that the care system provides them with a positive experience.
The charity upholds the children and young people’s rights through an advocacy service which caters to their needs and ensures that their voice is heard. For further information please click here.
Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS)
Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS) is a national helpline providing information, advice and support relating to issues on equality and human rights.
For advice and information on discrimination and human rights contact: EASS
Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)
You can find useful information about discrimination on the EHRC website at www.equalityhumanrights.com.
Equality Act 2010
The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) has been replaced by the Equality Act 2010 which protects disabled people from being discriminated against within society.