Advice

Posted: 22nd April 2020
Author: Kieran Brockerton-baker
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Further to our previous post, the Department for Education have issued new and updated guidance

  • On Sunday 19 April, the Department for Education (DfE) published new Coronavirus (COVID-19): SEND risk assessment guidance written with input and steers from SEND sector organisations – this guidance builds on the COVID-19 guidance on vulnerable children and young people guidance published on 22 March, and explains the practicalities for local authorities and other providers in undertaking risk assessments for vulnerable children and young people with education, health and care plans, in light of school and college closures The DfE are asking local authorities to work with educational providers, families and the child or young person to carry

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Posted: 3rd April 2020
Author: Kieran Brockerton-baker
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The SEND Tribunal has issued recent guidance about how they are coping and progressing hearings amidst the current COVID 19 emergency Feedback is that that video hearings are working well, and the indication is that the Tribunal may be able to deal with more work and avoid postponements by using remote hearings They even have availability to offer some cases earlier hearing dates

See the link here to the bulletin issued by the Tribunal IMPORTANT UPDATE COVID Bulletin 2 020420

Below is a link to the guidance notes for parties attending SEND Tribunal video hearings along with a short video of how to login in to the Cloud Video Platform

Guidance for video hearing (parties) v11

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Posted: 29th May 2019
Author: CLP

If you are planning an appeal to SEND and seek professional advice you will most likely receive advice that you should instruct independent experts The most common experts suggested will be an Educational Psychologist, an occupational therapist and a speech and language therapist depending on the child or young persons needs In some cases, other experts are needed, eg, an independent social worker or a child and adolescent psychiatrist

These experts are often instructed at significant expense to parents and it can be difficult to find experts who have availability and also expertise in going to Tribunal hearings and experience in giving expert evidence It is always wise before instructing an expert just to check what SEND experience

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