Independent Parental Special Education Advice

Independent Parental Special Education Advice

Grant: £35,000
November 10, 2015

This is a pilot project to expand access to public legal education in order to;

  • Increase public understanding of how SEN Law applies to young people and
  • Enable young people (and those who support them) to use the new SEN Law to get the right educational support.

This pilot project will;

  • Develop new resources designed specifically for young people with SEN
  • Create a training programme for our volunteers so that they are equipped to inform, advise and support young people
  • Pilot a service specifically for young people (using volunteers who have completed this training).

The Children and Families Act 2014, including the special educational needs (SEN) and Disability Code of Practice 2015, replaced the old SEN Law. The old Law dealt primarily with the entitlements of children. The new law is also about children but it also includes a new definition; that of a “young person”.

The new SEN Law benefits children and young people from the ages of 0 – 25. The new definition of “young person” covers those aged 16 to 25 years old.

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