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More about SEN and Education Law


More about SEN and Education Law

Access Legal has expertise in all the aspects of education law that a family might need, especially special educational needs law. Our expertise is grounded by our practical experience of working with families facing wide-ranging and complex disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, Down's syndrome, dyslexia, dyspraxia, hearing and visual impairments, emotional and behavioural difficulties and generalised learning delay.

Many children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities need extra support at school, and sometimes a different school or college place, including, for some, independent specialist placements. This has been provided through a Statement of Special Educational Needs ('Statement'), now supplanted by an Education, Health and Care plan ('EHC plan').

The law on SEN changed on 1 September 2014 with the introduction of the Children and Families Act 2014. As a result all children currently with a Statement should be transferred to a new EHC plan by April 2018. We can help you through this transfer procedure to obtain full recognition of your child's needs.

A large part of our time is spent assisting parents through a Special Educational Needs Tribunal appeal, often for increased support and/or a change in their child's placement. Access Legal have considerable expertise in this work and the important overlap between education, health and social services.

We are one of the few firms with specialists in education law who have real understanding and experience of helping families with children in need of support and the associated practical issues for young people, aged 16 - 25 years.

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