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Guides for parents and carers

Education, Health and Care Plans


Education, Health and Care Plan checklist from IPSEA

If you have received an Education, Health and Care Plan for your child (or for yourself) you can look at this checklist from IPSEA  to see what must be included in it legally.  This is particularly helpful at the draft plan stage.  Remember we can offer you information, advice and support about the plan and offer you an Independent Supporter as you navigate the process prior to a plan being produced.


Education, Health and Care plans: Examples of good practice

The Council for Disabled Children has produced this good practice resource to support the development of skills in writing good quality Education, Health and Care plans.




Special Educational Needs Code of Practice 2015

sen-code-of-practiceThe SEND Code of Practice 2015 provides statutory guidance for organisations (this includes schools and settings) working with and supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. The SEND Code of Practice covers the 0-25 age range. A guide for parents is available.



Guides for young people


The Young Person's Guide to the Children and Families Act 2014

This Guide gives young people a good summary of what they need to know about the Children and Families Act 2014thumbnail_young_person_s_guide_to_the_children_and_families_act-pdf

Click here to view and download a copy of The Young Person's Guide to the Children and Families Act 2014



Independent Support Fact Sheet – Availability of Legal Aid

Factsheet27This fact sheet is intended to provide a summary of the key eligibility requirements to assist parents and young people in understanding the availability of legal aid.

Click here to view and download 'Independent Support Fact Sheet #27: Availability of Legal Aid


Personal Independence Payment and other benefits at 16caf-pip-guide

Contact has produced this new guide which looks at the benefits it may be possible for a young disabled person to claim once they turn 16 years of age. Click here to download this guide.