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If you need advice or support with understanding any aspect of the Special Educational Needs system, you can contact the Family Action Harrow Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service (Harrow SENDIAS), formerly called Harrow Parent Partnership Service. Their contact details are:
Family Action Harrow SENDIAS
Harrow SEND Information, Advice and Support Service
Tel: 020 8428 6487
If you need support and/or guidance during the Education Health and Care assessment process, you can make use of the local free Independent Support Service.
The Independent Support Service is completely separate from the Local Authority. This service will provide you with an independent supporter for time-limited, targeted support, for up to 20 weeks.
Young people aged 16-25 transferring from a Learning Disability Assessment to an EHC Plan can also ask to have an independent supporter.
The Independent Support Service is being provided in Harrow by the two organisations listed below. If you would like to make use of this service or find out more, please contact either one of these organisations.
•Family Action Harrow SEND Information Advice and Support Service (Harrow SENDIASS) - contact details as above
•Barnardo’s London Independent Support Service (BLISS)
Tel:07713 709569 / 0808 800 0037
Using either of these services does not prevent you from appealing to the Special Educational Needs tribunal about the plan at the same time; your rights are not affected and an appeal to the Tribunal can run at the same time as any disagreement resolution. However, using these services does not increase the time you have to make an appeal.
If you are not in agreement with the decision not to carry out an assessment, you can appeal to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal, now known as First-Tier Health, Education, and Social Care Chamber.
If you would like more information about how to do this please contact
2nd Floor Old Hall
Darlington DL3 9BG.
Tel:01325 392 760
Fax:0870 739 4017
You can obtain a claim form from them.
Appeals must be made within two months from the applicant receiving the decision.
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If you are not in agreement with the decision not to carry out an assessment then you have the right to go to mediation. Entering into mediation does not affect your right to appeal to the Tribunal.
Before registering an appeal to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SENDIST) you must contact a Mediation Adviser within two months of the date of this letter to obtain a Mediation Certificate.
The Mediation Advisor will provide information over the telephone about mediation and answer any questions about the mediation process.
Once you have received this information you can decide whether you want to go to mediation. If you do not wish to go to mediation simply let the mediation adviser know and they will provide you with a certificate confirming that you have received mediation information.
The mediation adviser must send you the certificate within three working days of you telling them that you do not want to go to mediation. The certificate will enable you to lodge your appeal, either within two months of the date of this letter or within one month of receiving the certificate whichever is the later.
Details of the independent mediation service are:
KIDS London SEN Mediation Service
Tel:020 7359 3635