IPSEA (Independent Parental Special Education Advice)

Education for children with special needs

Every year thousands of families struggle to get the education that their child with SEN needs. IPSEA's highly trained volunteers provide advice and support that empowers parents to understand and make choices about SEN/disability provision.

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It ran from 12:00 AM, 1 April 2011 to 12:00 AM, 1 March 2012

Registered Charity in England and Wales (327691)

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    Helping

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  • Thanks to IPSEA our son had a very successful 5 years in a mainstream school with full time support.

    — Parent advised by IPSEA

  • There is no other truly independent source of advice to turn to with SEN Statementing worries

    — Parent IPSEA supported

  • The advice given was very good - how to ensure that my local authority would respond to me and what to expect

    — Thankful parent

  • Thanks to IPSEA our son had a very successful 5 years in a mainstream school with full time support.

    — Parent advised by IPSEA

  • There is no other truly independent source of advice to turn to with SEN Statementing worries

    — Parent IPSEA supported

  • The advice given was very good - how to ensure that my local authority would respond to me and what to expect

    — Thankful parent

Situation

Children whose SEN are not met at school are more likely to end up living in poverty as adults, being in custody and being unemployed. IPSEA works to ensure that children with SEN are given the best possible education so that their potential is fulfilled and their life chances are improved. Securing this education is often a struggle. The process is complex and many parents need help with the volume of paperwork that is involved.

Solution

Our volunteers help families who need support with; negotiations with schools and Local Authorities, interpretation of complex documents ( professional reports), drafting letters and working documents, specific wording for statements of SEN and preparation for difficult meetings. IPSEA's advice is legally based. This basic understanding of the law equips families to be involved in the decisions that affect them. It helps them avoid future issues, access other services & improve their future.