Birkett Long Solicitors for SEN Advice and Support

by | Jun 9, 2023

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Who are Birkett Long?

Birkett Long Solicitors support Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCOs) in their role by providing legal assistance and guidance related to the field of education and special educational needs. They offer:

  1. Legal Advice: Birkett Long Solicitors can offer legal advice to SENCOs on various matters pertaining to special educational needs, such as the legal obligations of schools and local authorities, the rights of children with special educational needs, and the processes involved in making and reviewing Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans.

  2. EHC Plan Support: Birkett Long Solicitors can assist SENCOs in navigating the complex process of developing, reviewing, and amending EHC plans. They can provide guidance on gathering evidence, making effective representations, and ensuring that the plans meet the specific needs of the children.

  3. Dispute Resolution: In cases where disputes arise between parents and local authorities or schools regarding the provision of special educational needs support, Birkett Long Solicitors can provide legal representation and support SENCOs in resolving the disputes through negotiation, mediation, or, if necessary, tribunal proceedings.

  4. Training and Workshops: Birkett Long Solicitors may organize training sessions and workshops specifically designed for SENCOs to enhance their understanding of the legal framework surrounding special educational needs. These sessions can cover topics such as the Equality Act, the Children and Families Act, and the responsibilities of schools and local authorities.

  5. Preparing Policies and Procedures: Birkett Long Solicitors can help SENCOs in drafting and reviewing policies and procedures related to special educational needs, ensuring compliance with relevant legislation and guidance.

  6. Keeping Up with Legal Updates: Birkett Long Solicitors stay up-to-date with legal developments and changes in the field of special educational needs. They can provide SENCOs with the latest information and guidance, helping them stay informed about their legal obligations and any relevant updates in the law.

It’s important to note that the specific support provided by Birkett Long Solicitors to SENCOs may vary depending on the individual needs and circumstances. 

Birkett Long directly support and produce content for the SENsible SENCO website to help SENCOs understand their legal rights/responsibilities.

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