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SEND A-Z information directory

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Accessing public services - Guide for parents. Cerebra

ADHD NICE Guidance  - This guideline covers recognising, diagnosing and managing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, young people and adults. ( see 'J' for judicial review)

ADHD Strategies and support - Additude

Annual reviews SOSSEN: What annual reviews are for, how to prepare for them and what happens after an annual review.

Appeal: A Guide to the SEN Tribunal by Aoife Murray, SEN Specialist. Douglas Silas Solicitors (also see template letters)

Appeal: Appeals as part of the National Trial -Ipsea Charity 

Appeal: Advice on mediation - SEN help

Appeal: Advice on Tribunal appeals - Contact

Appeal: Download the forms needed for appeals - SEN help

Appeal: Guidance for producing a First Tier Tribunal Bundle - Guidance for producing a Tribunal Bundle for the First-tier Tribunal SEND (SEND40)

Appeal: Preparing for an appeal - Ipsea Charity

​Appeal: When can you appeal to the First Tier Tribunal, SENDIST?

Aphasia -Child Neurology Foundation

Apraxia (Speech sounds) -Speechdisorder.org  

Auditory Processing Disorder - Great Ormond Street Hospital

Autism - Information and support. NAS

Autism and education - information from Ambitious about Autism

Autism Act - National Autistic Society

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Behavioural difficulties - Beacon House

Behaviour - EEF guidance for improving behaviour in schools

Behaviour management in schools - Studio 3

Bercow 10 years on  a report - on the state of provision for children’s speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) 

Bereavement and loss - Advice and information from Winston Wish. (Also see Grief and loss)

Blind - Support and advice from RSBC

Blue Badge Scheme  - Information from your local council.

Brain Injury (ABI) Acquired Brain Injury 

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Carers assessment in England - Factsheet for parents. Cerebra

Carers assessment in Wales - Factsheet for parents. Cerebra

Case Law Noddy Guide 2019 - Matrix law

Case Law updates  - Council for Disabled Children

CDC’s case law digest service provides essential updates on the latest judicial decisions affecting disabled children and young people and those with SEN. 

Cerebral Palsy Support for people affected by Cerebral Palsy

Cerebal Palsy  Speech therapy for Cerebral Palsy explained

(SEND) Code of Practice 2014 Guidance on the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system for children and young people aged 0 to 25, from 1 September 2014

Children and Families Act 2014

Communication Friendly Environment - Tips from Communication Trust (PDF)

Complaints about a local authority -Information and model letter from Ipsea

Continence - Bowel and bladder issues. Advice from ERIC charity

Coproduction - Advice from Gareth Morewood (also see parental engagement)

Coproduction - What is coproduction? Moving from theory to practice. By G.Morewood

Council Tax Discounts - for disabled people 

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Deafness - National Deaf Children's Society 

Deaf Information - British Deaf Association 

Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) - advice and information from NAPLIC

Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) - Videos to learn more about DLD from This is DLD

Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) - What is DLD? RCSLT

Diabetes UK - Charity

Diabetes JDRF - Information and support for Type 1 Diabetes

Disability living allowance (DLA) - Mythbuster for parents and carers. Cerebra 

Disability Rights

Disabled Children's legal Handbook Available to download or buy An accessible guide to the legal rights of disabled children and their families in England and Wales.

Disabled Students Allowance 

Disabled young people - Advice for Disabled young people going to university. Steve Broach.  

Disability Discrimination - Ipsea

Disability Discrimination - Child Law Advice

Disability Discrimination Technical Guidance for Schools - EHRC

Down's Syndrome Association

Down's Syndrome Education Advice, Research, Information

Down syndrome community news: Making Chromosomes Count

Draft EHCP - SENhelp

Draft EHCP. Negotiate a Draft EHCP - SOSSEN

Draft EHCP - Model letter: Responding to an EHCP draft

Dyscalculia - Maths difficulties and Dyscalculia. British dyslexia association

Dyscalculia - Advice for parents and schools. Ronit Bird

Dyslexia - General information. Understood.org

Dyspraxia - Dyspraxia Foundation

Dysphagia - RCSLT

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EAL and SEND - advice and information from NALDIC

Eating disorders - Information and support form BEAT

Eating disorders in children under 12 - Information from Hope

Eating disorders - Toolkit for schools

EHCP: EHC Assessments - Ipsea (also see Template letters)

EHCP: EHC assessment: how to request an assessment. - What must happen in an EHC assessment. How to appeal a decision 

EHCP: EHC assessment -Model letter: Request an EHC assessment

EHCP: EHC assessment: From requesting an assessment to appealing a decision  - SOSSEN

EHCP: EHCP advice - SOSSEN

EHCP: EHCP provision -Model letter: Complaining when the provision is not being made

EHCP: Draft EHCP - SENhelp

EHCP: Draft EHCP. Negotiate a Draft EHCP - SOSSEN

EHCP: Draft EHCP - Model letter: Responding to an EHCP draft

Ehlers-Danlos (EDS) - Information and support from EhlersDanlos.Org 

Ehlers-Danlos (EDS) - Information and support from HMSA

Ehlers-Danlos (EDS) - Support groups

Ehlers-Danlos (EDS) - Toolkit from RCGP

Encephalitis: Advice and information - Eden Dora Trust 

Epliepsy Action

Epilepsy - ESUK epilepsy advice and support

Epilepsy - The identification of educational problems in childhood epilepsy

Equality Act 2010 Guidance

Equality Act (Disability) Regulations 2010

Equality Advisory and Support Service Advice, support, helpline

Exclusions Advice - Ipsea

Exclusions Advice and Free Representation - School Exclusion Project 

Exclusion and Disability Discrimination Ipsea

Exclusions. Informal Exclusion - Ipsea

Exclusions What is legal? - Information from NCB, Ipsea ASCL, 

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FAQ's about Funding in schools for SEND

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

Fragile X Syndrome

Funding information for SEND provision -SENhelp

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Global Developmental Delay

Glue Ear

Grief and Loss - Advice and support from Farleigh Hospice (also see bereavement and loss)

Grief and Loss - Young minds 

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Hearing loss, Hearing Impairment

Hypermobility - Hypermobility Syndromes Association

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IPSEA Charity - Ipsea offer free independent information, advice, support and training

Irlen Syndrome

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Judicial Review Information - SOSSEN

Judicial Review Blog - Why judicial review is a real remedy in SEND and disability cases. By Steve Broach, Barrister

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Learning difficulties. Learning disabilities

Legal advice - advice for parents and carers on finding the right legal advice

Local Government Ombudsman (LGO)

Looked after children - advice and support from Family Action

Local Area SEND inspections, How can parents get involved? - Blog by C.Ryan

Local Area SEND Inspections. Where are we now? - Blog by Matt Keer  

Local Offer - SEN help  

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Mediation advice - SEN help

Medical conditions - Guidance for schools supporting learners with medical conditions

Medical conditions in schools - Working collaboratively to keep children with medical conditions safe in school. 

Mental health first aid - Advice, posters, information for schools. MHFA England

Multi Sensory Impairment - Sensory support service

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Neurodiversity - advice and information on neurodiversity and co-occurring conditions. Do-IT

Neurodiversity - advice and information on neurodiversity and co-occuring conditions. Genius Within

Occupational Therapy - What is occupational therapy?

OFSTED

Find an Inspection report

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and Conduct Disorder

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Parental engagement - review of best practice (also see coproduction)

Parental engagement - Making conversations with schools count for all families. Whole school SEND (also see coproduction)

Person centred planning - advice and information for schools

Person centred planning - research

Personal Budgets and Direct Payments

Physiotherapy - What is Physiotherapy? 

Preparing for Adulthood A guide 

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SCERTS - the SCERTS model. Find out more from SCERTS.com

School Attendance and Attendance Awards help for Parents of Children with Medical Conditions PDF

Self-harm - Advice for those supporting people with learning disabilities

Self-harm - Guidance for schools (2014)

Self-harm - Information for parents/carers

Self-harm - Information about treating self-harm in children and teens

Selective mutism - Information from Maggie Johnson, SM specialist

Selective mutism - Information from SMIRA

SEND law and guidance - Code of practice, SEND Regs, Children's and families act, plus template letters from SENhelp (also see template letters)

SENDIST Tribunal  -What the first tier tribunal does (also see 'Appeals')

Sensory Processing Difficulties - Video 

Sensory Processing Difficulties - Info

Sensory Processing Difficulties - Book 

Sensory Processing Difficulties - Top tips for everyday life

Sleep tips  |  Sleep cards  |  Sleep mythbuster - From Cerebra

Social care in England and Social care in Wales - Cerebra

Social care information, advice and support - Inclusion London has worked with solicitors and specialists such as professor Luke Clements to put together resources to help disabled people and DDPOs understand how the system should work and what the law says.

Social Emotional Mental Health Needs (SEMH) - Toolkit from nasen

Social Emotional Mental Health Needs (SEMH) - Beacon House

Social Communication Disorder. Semantic Pragmatic Disorder - RCSLT

Solicitors: HCB

Solicitors: Irwin Mitchell

Solicitors: Simpson Millar

Solicitors: Sinclairs Law

SOS!SEN Charity - SOS!SEN offer a free, independent and confidential telephone helpline, drop in advice centres and information.

Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 England Amendments

Special Educational Needs Code of Practice 2014

Special Educational Needs Code of Practice Guide - Douglas Silas Solicitors

Specific Learning difficulty

Speech and Language Therapy Factsheet - RCSLT

Speech, language and communication needs - Ican helpline

Speech, Language and Communication needs CPD for Teachers - Communication Trust

Speech, Language and Communication needs Information for Student Teachers - Communication Trust

Speech Sound Disorder - Child Mind

Stammering - Stammering.org

Supporting Speech, Language and Communication Needs - Communication Trust

Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions at School - Statutory guidance about the support that pupils with medical conditions should receive at school.

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#TeamSEND - You can find others within the SEND community for advice or support on Twitter by searching the hashtag #TeamSEND

Template letters - Addressing a wide range of difficulties parents and carers of young people with SEND might face. From Cerebra

Template letters - Appealing and challenging a wide range of difficulties parents and carers face accessing SEND processes 

Transition support - Downloadable resources available on our homepage

Transition to adulthood - audit tool for professionals

Transport advice -Simpson Millar Solicitors

Transport blog -By @KaraChrome

Transport support- SENTAS provides parents and young adults with information, advice and advocacy around issues with SEND home to school and college transport

Trauma Advice Information and Resources - Beacon House

Tribunals-Also see 'Appeals'

Tourettes Action 

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Visual Impairment -RSCB

Visual Processing difficulties -Understood.org

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