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SEN Support Services

We offer specialised services for parents and carers of children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) aged 0-25, to assist you in navigating SEN processes.

We are a team of specialised independent SEN advisers, fully trained in SEN law and with particular expertise in understanding the needs of autistic and/or ADHD pupils and how best to support them.

We can offer general support and information around how SEN processes work, to empower you to advocate on behalf of your child or young person; as well as bespoke packages of support tailored to your specific needs.

How we can help

How do I know if my child needs help?

  • Recognising when a child or young person needs additional support 
  • Understanding what is meant by ‘Special Educational Needs’
  • How to raise concerns with school or college
  • Effective ways to work with school in supporting your child or young person

SEN Support

  • What can I do if my child is not making progress?
  • What is the Assess, Plan, Do, Review process?
  • How to escalate your concerns
  • How to interpret and understand professional reports
  • How to get more help

Understanding your rights 

  • Requesting reasonable adjustments for your child or young person
  • Reduced or part-time timetables
  • Exclusion – fixed-term and permanent; and when informal exclusion is unlawful
  • How to challenge decisions

Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs)

  • What is an EHCP?
  • How do I know if my child or young person needs an EHCP?
  • Making a request for an Education, Health and Care needs assessment
  • Understanding the EHC needs assessment process
  • How parents and carers can contribute to the EHCP process
  • Checking a draft EHCP and asking for amendments
  • Naming an educational setting on an EHCP

Annual Review of an EHCP

  • Understanding what happens in the annual review process
  • How to influence the review and ask for changes to an EHCP
  • Requesting amendments and checking a draft amended EHCP
  • When to ask for an emergency annual review

How we can support you

Support is offered via phone, email or video conferencing (Zoom or Microsoft Teams).

Parents and carers can self-refer as private clients for bespoke packages of support, which can also include preparation for and attendance at meetings.

For further information and pricing structure, please email coaching@add-vance.org. Referral forms can be downloaded below and sent to bridget.livsey@add-vance.org and coaching@add-vance.org.

Further resources

EHCP timeline

EHCP Annual Review timeline