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The latest updates from our specialist practice in child and family law.

Posted: 21st July 2020
Author: Kieran Brockerton-baker
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The Department of Health and Social Care has released a letter outlining the next steps regarding children and young people with SEND returning to school in September Click the link to read the letter

 

DfE & DHSC Joint Ministerial Letter

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Posted: 2nd July 2020
Author: Kieran Brockerton-baker
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Earlier today, the Secretary of State announced plans for the full re-opening of schools in September Set out below is guidance that sets out the actions that various educational settings need to take to enable children and young people with SEND to return to full-time provisions

  • Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings to support special schools, special post-16 institutions and other specialist education settings, such as hospital schools, to prepare for this;
  • Separate guidance explaining the action that mainstream settings need to take:
Posted: 18th June 2020
Author: Kieran Brockerton-baker
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The Department of Education  have just announced that the National Trial to extend the powers of SEND to make non binding recommendations about health and social care aspects of an EHCP has been extended until 31st August 2021  This is very good news for families and children and we very much hope that the extended trial will lead to permanent powers over the health and social care aspects of an EHCP

For more information please see the link below to the letter from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families, Vicky Ford MP

Minister Ford letter to DCSs SEND Tribunal Trial 18th June

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Posted: 16th June 2020
Author: Kieran Brockerton-baker
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Please note that with immediate effect the contact number for our Outreach Office in Farnborough is 01252302166

The new address is;

The Hub,
Fowler Avenue,
Farnborough Business Park,
Farnborough,
GU14 7JF

We apologise for any inconvenience caused

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Posted: 9th June 2020
Author: Kieran Brockerton-baker

The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew MacFarlane has prepared an updated report on the Family Court system as we look forward to getting things back to “normal”

The report titled “The Road Ahead” can be found here The Road Ahead – President of the Family Division 9 June 2020

The report details ways in which the Court intends to “get back to normal” including;

  • Active thought must be given to lay parties being able to engage in the proceedings from a location other than at home
  • Family Courts will be gradually reopening so that by early July, the Family Courts should be fully open for public use, however the impact of social distancing will remain for the foreseeable

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Posted: 1st May 2020
Author: Kieran Brockerton-baker
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The Secretary of State has just issued a notice modifying the duty of LA’s to deliver provision in an EHCP This will last for the month of May and places a reasonable endeavours duty on a Local Authority

See the letter below

Joint DHSC & DFE Ministerial Letter

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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: 24th March 2020
Author: Kieran Brockerton-baker
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Please see the link below to an open letter to children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), their parents, families, and others who support them from Vicky Ford, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families The letter signposts key Covid-19 guidance published over the past week

Minister Ford’s open letter to the SEND sector

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Posted: 30th January 2020
Author: Kieran Brockerton-baker
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We are pleased to announce that we are opening an outreach office in Farnborough

This will allow us to extend our services to clients in North Hampshire and enable us to deliver legal services particularly in relation to public law proceedings (care proceedings) and child protection which are easily accessible and convenient

If you require assistance or any queries please contact 01276 53 46 90

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