Useful links

If you think that your child may have special educational needs, or the support that he or she is currently receiving does not meet his or her needs, the following organisations may offer guidance, support and publications on how to proceed. Please note that Woodcroft is not liable for the contents of external websites, nor does it endorse the services, organisations or websites listed.

Directgov is a government website that brings together public service information. The above link will take you directly to the Parents section. It gives an overview of the step by step approach to identifying and addressing children’s special educational needs and offers useful links to other sources of information and advice.

Special educational needs and disability tribunal
Parents whose children have special educational needs can appeal to the relevant Ministry of Justice tribunal against decisions made by local authorities in England about their children’s education.

The Council for Disabled Children
The council (formerly called IASS and the National Parent Partnership Network) supports the work of local parent partnership services throughout England. Parent partnership services can be found in every local authority in England. They provide information, advice and support to parents and carers of children with special educational needs.

Advisory Centre for Education (ACE)
ACE are a national independent registered charity offering free advice for parents via their website.

Independent Panel for Special Education Advice (IPSEA)
IPSEA give free and independent legal advice and support in England and Wales along with advice on SEN appeals and disability discrimination claims to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal.

National Autistic Society (NAS)
Woodcroft’s provision is accredited by NAS. They also provide individuals with autism and their families with help, support and services.

Autism Services Directory
This is a direct link to the Autism Services Directory. Provided free by NAS, it provides free access to information on autism related services in the UK.

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