Bexley SEND IASS, Civic Offices, 2 Watling Street, Bexleyheath, DA6 7AT

SENDist Tribunal

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
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.


1. Tribunal Backlog

As at May 2022, the Tribunal is facing an unprecedented backlog and will be prioritising cases which involve a phase transfer and/or where the child/young person is out of education.
For more information please CLICK HERE 
2. Change of contact details:

The return email address stated in section 12 of the appeals forms has been changed. The forms are currently under review and will be updated in the near future.
The new email address is: [email protected]
If you have any questions, please contact the court service helpline: 01325 289 350

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.

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.

IPSEA provide information on going to SEND Tribunal including SEND Tribunal Resources

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.

Coram Voice

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

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.

Disability Rights 

Disabled persons rights in education


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