TRIBUNALS ARE INDEPENDENT LEGAL PROCESSES
Firstly don’t worry! The SEND tribunal is well aware that it can be stressful and they have a job to do: to independently arbitrate between different viewpoints.
PSYCHOLOGY 4 SUPPORT
We can help you through this: carrying out necessary assessments, considering all the paperwork from both sides, supporting you at the tribunals and arguing your case.
AN EXPERT INSIGHT
Our lead Educational Psychologist for tribunals has worked for independent clients and the Local Authority so offers a unique perspective and is well placed to understand both viewpoints. He says:
The tribunal process is rigorous but not confrontational. Nowadays refusal to assess tribunals is done by paper alone so you do not have to go to the tribunal. However, if the tribunal is about disagreement around issuing an Education, Health and Care Plan, or the details of the plan, the case is heard and the tribunal panel (three people) will ask questions to help them understand the papers. There will not however be any cross examination and panels make a strong effort to make everyone as comfortable as they can.
The SEND Tribunal is governed by the law. It assesses whether the Local Authority has followed the SEN and Disability Code of Practice, also know as ‘the Code’. The Code is guidance rather than law itself but Tribunals generally follow it to asses the LA’s decision. They will make their ruling based on what is best for the child or young person on the day of the hearing.
WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW
If you would like Psychology 4’s support in making your challenge, please contact our office. We can then arrange for you to meet with one of our psychologists.
You can also read this free guide produced to guide you through the appeal process.