National Helpline

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0300 302 3731

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0208 538 3731

Walk in SEN advice centres

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SOS SEN Services

 

 

This is an opportunity for parents who need more detailed advice than can be given at a short SEN Advice Centre appointment or on the helpline. Participants may bring along any papers relating to their child's needs, and will be able to ask any questions and discuss issues relating to their individual case. Meetings will be held at our office in East Molesey (opposite Hampton Court Train Station) between the hours of 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.

For such an opportunity we do have to request a suggested donation amount to reflect the amount of time and help given.  This is because we rely on donations to run this service which contributes to running our office and administration.  We do, however, recognise that the ability of some parents to contribute varies and we take that into account.  We do normally expect a contribution reflecting the amount of time and help given and this is usually a suggested donation of £150.00 for up to 2 hours. We will not normally be able to read all of your documents before the appointment; if you need us to do so, this will take time and we may ask for a further donation. If you require further legal assistance we will refer you to Eleanor Wright Solicitor and Coordinator of SOS!SEN and a separate suggested donation will be discussed.Please note however that neither Eleanor Wright nor any other legally qualified volunteer can act as solicitor on behalf of any parent, carer or child.

In addition to 1 to 1 sessions we also offer the following services:

  • Checking and Advising on the quality of an EHC Plan
  • Draft parental reasons for appeal
  • Other draft Tribunal documents such as Working Documents, parental witness statements.
  • Pre-action letters (Judicial Reviews) - click here to download our information sheet on Judicial Reviews to check that we can help you.

All of our services offered by SOS!SEN are for a suggested donation. See booking form.

As we rely on volunteers for many of these services, including draft EHC checks, we cannot guarantee that we can help you due to demands for the services we offer, and also because of volunteer availability. We will be able to tell you about availability and inform you if we can help you, once we have received the form.

Please note: we are unlikely to process the form or find a volunteer able to help you within short time scales.

If your situation is urgent or you think you need to see Eleanor Wright our coordinator and solicitor, it is best to contact our helpline or come to one of our walk-in advice centres for further advice as the volunteer team can give you next-step advice and if applicable, the volunteer can contact Eleanor Wright directly if the situation is legal and complex to see if Eleanor can take on this piece of work due to her other legal deadlines and work.

Please do not assume that anyone can assist you from SOS!SEN, including Eleanor Wright, until we have confirmed this with you..

 

 

* SERVICES BOOKING FORM *

During the Covid-19 pandemic our 1:1 services will continue to run but will be conducted over the telephone or via Skype.

We are introducing a temporary new email advice service, details are in the booking form.

If you wish to book a 1 to 1 session, EHCP check or one of our other services, click on the button below to download a booking form

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When prompted, choose to Save the form so that you will have a copy that you can complete and return to us. Please read carefully the information on the left in order that we can provide you with the help that you need.

Once we have received your booking form we shall try to contact you within 3 working days to arrange a convenient date and time. Further details can be found on the booking form.

If you wish you can complete an Online Service Request Form by clicking on the image below

Service Request Form