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billybobster Sat 18-May-13 11:56:23

Please don't remove this MNHQ!

I am a very regular poster but this blog outs me completely so I am posting the link under a namechange - I am sure many can hazard a guess.

My blog is under construction here but I would welcome your thoughts. I am happy to add a parents' stories page if people would like to share anonymised stories.

I have other lawyers who are in the process of adding tips/info to it and several other firms confirming the free initial consultation.

I hope it will be of use to parents starting out - that is its only purpose!!

Oh and a big thank you for a poster (can't remember who blush ) who suggested the name ages ago.

Let me have your thoughts - I value them greatly.

rosielou678 Sat 18-May-13 12:34:20

Oh well done! I've just started to have a look through and it looks very good. If I hear one more time the term 'in the best interests of the child' I swear I'll throw something at whoever says it! grin

Hopefully soon I'll be able to give you my whole story and mine will be a success for my child smile

Summerloading Sat 18-May-13 13:01:23

flowers looking really good and accessible. Thank you smile

CheeseToasty Sat 18-May-13 15:43:29

Looks really good. Well done.

nostoppingme Sun 19-May-13 00:19:38

Pretty amazing. I think you should put it in book format and publish it too; make some money from all the information and advice you are giving.

MareeeyaDoloures Sun 19-May-13 00:50:03

Its's amazing. will comment in detail when I can,

but thanks Brilliant!

rosielou678 Sun 19-May-13 08:18:50

Something that’s puzzled my non-legal layman’s eyes for ages… When does ‘something’ become case law? Is it a decision that took place during the First Tier process? Or is it when it goes on up higher ie when there’s been an appeal by either party? How does it become ‘case law’?

Handywoman Sun 19-May-13 08:22:28

Love this. Well done <claps enthusiastically>

Summerloading Sun 19-May-13 08:39:14

I chanced upon this today and though something along these lines might be helpful? It gives actual appeal cases and judgments which make fascinating reading.

Cases from SN mumsnetters of course, suitably anonymised smile

billybobster Sun 19-May-13 09:15:07

Thanks folks. It is a work in progress so keep checking back.

Summerloading - that is great. I linked to Douglas Silas but didn't see that page. I shall link directly to it.

billybobster Sun 19-May-13 09:23:53

Roiselou - case law comes from courts which can bind other courts by the principle of stare decisis (precedent).

So it depends on the court. The FTT cannot bind but the UTT can. They are bound by the judgments of higher courts - Court of Appeal etc.

Basically, courts you can appeal to tend to be courts of record which can appeal.

rosielou678 Sun 19-May-13 09:35:07

Thanks for the explanation on how something because case law - very helpful.

The David Wolfe case law document you linked to on your blog is very very useful for me. So thank you for linking to it. thanks

billybobster Sun 19-May-13 09:46:13

David Wolfe is an absolute super star too. Very senior lawyer, very sympathetic to parents and committed to helping.

rosielou678 Sun 19-May-13 10:00:05

Yes he is - I've read other of his documents but not come across the one that you had linked to. Because it's only 6 months old, there is some extremely useful recent case law he has on it grin

multiplenames Sun 19-May-13 10:51:24

Wow, I thought this would be you. It was me that came up with the name under one of my many aliases wink.
I could really do with advice after uncovering some really serious issues but not being able to afford any legal help. Can I pm you at all?

billybobster Sun 19-May-13 11:16:36

Thank you - of course!!!! I owe you for the name.

flowwithit Sun 19-May-13 11:28:03

That's a brilliant blog thank you very much thanks

multiplenames Sun 19-May-13 12:18:24

Message sent - would appreciate any advice. Really don't think I can handle this on my own as it's the kind of thing you hear about in the news sad

Levantine Sun 19-May-13 12:36:15

Amazing blog! thank you so so much, just what I need right now flowers

billybobster Sun 19-May-13 12:41:01

Thanks for all your feedback folks!

Do let me know if there is anything you would like me to add.

Mulitiple - will have a look at your PM. Maybe later or tomorrow before I can get back to you.

multiplenames Sun 19-May-13 12:46:13

O.k, thanks very much.

Nerfmother Sun 19-May-13 14:18:48

Am going to look with interest; think I can hazard a guess at up, so am thinking good things. Lots of issues to be covered I think, well done - thank god it's not another mummy blog!

babiki Sun 19-May-13 16:15:11

It's great! Well done you!!

billybobster Sun 19-May-13 16:30:36

Definitely not a mummyblog - or maybe an angry mummy blog!!!

Seriously, though, if you think of any topic areas which are missing, let me know

babiki Sun 19-May-13 16:35:21

I can't think of anything, it looks perfect.

billybobster Sun 19-May-13 18:13:21

Ta very much!!

Summerloading Mon 20-May-13 04:57:30

Had more thoughts

- How about a Just for Fun section, inviting contributions on LA/school/professional "speak"

- What to expect, eg ADI, ADOS, OT, etc

Wow! That's amazing.

Such a relief to see it. Will be pointing people to it regularly.

I know this is really a superficial 'like' but I really do like that picture at the top of the SA bit. It's so illustrative.

pannetone Mon 20-May-13 13:14:29

It's an excellent blog - thanks smile. I will be referring to it!

salondon Mon 20-May-13 13:31:02

Super like and very timely for mesmile

zzzzz Mon 20-May-13 13:39:56

Ooo very very good. grin

zzzzz Mon 20-May-13 13:41:02

If you ever had a mind to ex

zzzzz Mon 20-May-13 13:42:37

If you ever had a mind to explain the enigma that is direct payments, that would be sublime!

chocjunkie Mon 20-May-13 13:56:20

oh wow. that is just brilliant thanks

insanityscratching Mon 20-May-13 14:27:11

It's great will be sharing it with other parents flowers

I'll have a proper look later when I've found my cutlery etc. (finally moved)

MareeeyaDoloures Mon 20-May-13 19:40:46

Had a careful look now. Can't find anything missing so far that I would suggest, it's really succinct and useful. I know that's not helpful, and promise I will look harder for something to improve grin

Star, yay to moved thanks wine

billybobster Mon 20-May-13 20:02:57

YAY - Star has moved in and has got forks! It's all you need for chips!

I am changing some of the photos or hanging back on them for a moment as I suddenly had a panic about copyright. Arrghh, I'm new at this game.

Been chasing people for permission. Not sure how you get it as I can't find the original image creator for some of them.

Thanks for your feedback - keep those thoughts coming. grin

billybobster Mon 20-May-13 20:25:09

Star I actually liked the 'SEN Panel says no' best. By sheer coincidence the name of the character is particularly apt!

billybobster Mon 20-May-13 23:15:06

Summerloading - sorry I meant to say, thanks! It would be good to have a 'parents speak' section and a 'children speak' too as well as a 'the things they say....'

Anyone going to get us started! Here or PM me.

In the next generation version you should be able to customise the page you see so Carol's name Badge can be changed to the name of choice!?

I've read most of it now though some was a bit hard as raw truth I'd rather not have to think about any longer. But being reminded is good and I hope will keep me motivated in the small things I do to chip away.

I'll read a bit more this week over my chips and think. I think the TA hours/quality might need more/own section. There is research on this.

Great! I've bookmarked it. I've only skim read so far but will give it more time later. Only suggestion so far is that the meanings for SMART targets, for attainable and realistic, I think they are too similar. I prefer attainable (or achievable) and relevant. The target should be something that the child actually needs to be able to do, not just something that they can achieve, which is also important, of course.

WilsonFrickett Tue 21-May-13 11:49:34

I think it looks great but may be worth a disclaimer that you specialise in English SEN law. The system is very different in Scotland. I just think you'll get lots of linkies and traffic from here and I'd hate a Scottish parent to go through all the (amazing!) info you have and then find it won't really help them. (Although of course some of it will!)

I do think it's brilliant though.

billybobster Tue 21-May-13 17:44:12

Ellen - fab thank you. I will change that!!!

Wilson - another excellent point I will put a disclaimer on the first page!

billybobster Tue 21-May-13 17:45:53

Is the situation in Wales the same?

WilsonFrickett Tue 21-May-13 19:35:17

No clue, sorry!

billybobster Tue 21-May-13 20:05:33

I think they have a similar system - SENTW etc

Meetings are not outcomes.......

Ha ha!!!!!

MareeeyaDoloures Thu 23-May-13 16:33:25
MareeeyaDoloures Thu 23-May-13 16:35:55

Unison survey on perceived usefulness of TAs

MareeeyaDoloures Thu 23-May-13 16:37:29

Institute of education Feb 2013 report on whether statements work

MareeeyaDoloures Thu 23-May-13 16:39:13

Local 'variation' in SEN provision

MareeeyaDoloures Thu 23-May-13 16:44:47

Local 'variation' in SEN provision

This one is slightly slanted but has a good reference list

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