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Desperate for help :(

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kmummy Thu 16-May-13 18:54:36

Just off the phone again from the council about DS statement of special needs. There's backlog so even though the date has passed that they should of let us know if he will have one were none the wiser. It's sat in someone's tray waiting for someone to write the statement to go to panel but they can't give me a time scale. So two months left until school ends and we still have nothing in place. And we still don't know if we need to appeal whatever's issued which again means an even bigger wait. He's meant to start mainstream reception in September. We submitted it last year. She also said they are going on the date reports were received instead of the official timescale they are given, so even though six reports they received from the actual specialists that work with DS during the week and mean something have been with them for two months they will go by the doctors letter instead (received two weeks ago), all received within the deadline they issued but statements that are due after DS deadline will go in front if reports came in first! It's looking unlikely he will start in September, I will not set him up to fail. He's now on a two word (50% of the time) receptive speech level if in an empty room, a room with children he will have a sensory overload and just focus on one sound in the room. I guess they want to see the mama bear in me? But I just need advice on where we stand .

MareeeyaDoloures Thu 16-May-13 20:58:58

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MareeeyaDoloures Thu 16-May-13 20:59:48

Cc her boss, head of children's services and council legal dept

nostoppingme Thu 16-May-13 21:18:26

Email Gloria Vessey on office@advocatesforchildren.org.uk

She will fight them for you.

kmummy Fri 17-May-13 14:43:51

MareeeyaDoloures That letter is amazing thank you so much! Can I ask if there's anywhere I can refer to about the final paragraph incase they ask?

MareeeyaDoloures Fri 17-May-13 21:19:53

Just say you've 'only made initial enquiries at this stage' grin

MareeeyaDoloures Fri 17-May-13 21:21:41

You could ring IPSEA, SOS sen, maxwell gillot (who i think do one free initial call) or one of the SEN advocates (cheaper and often better than layers)

nennypops Fri 17-May-13 21:25:53

If you mean where do the time limits come from, they're in paragraph 17(1) of the Education (Special Educational Needs) (England) (Consolidation) Regulations 2001 which is at the back of the SEN Code of Practice. If you haven't got that, I recommend you get it - it's free from the Department for Education or you can download it from www.education.gov.uk/childrenandyoungpeople/send/a00218772/sen-code-of-practice.

If they still don't produce a statement you might need to get a solicitor specialising in education law to send an official letter threatening judicial review.

blondefriend Fri 17-May-13 21:28:34

kmummy - you know I support you always. I can't offer you any advice because my ds is younger than your ds but am thinking of you. Hope you get some good advice here. smile

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