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Appeals to SEND Tribunal

What does it do?
We’re responsible for handling appeals against local authority decisions regarding special educational needs

Who is it for?
We are part of the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber, one of 7 chambers of the First-tier Tribunal which settles legal disputes and is structured around particular areas of law.

How do I access this provision?

Contact First-tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) General enquiries First-tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) 1st Floor, Darlington Magistrates Court Parkgate Darlington DL1 1RU Email sendistqueries@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk Telephone 01325 289 350 Fax 0870 739 4017 Opening hours and facilities: https://courttribunalfinder.service.gov.uk/courts/darlington-magistrates-court-and-family-court

We’re responsible for handling appeals against local authority decisions regarding special educational needs, including a refusal to:

  • assess a child’s educational, health and care (EHC) needs
  • make a statement of their special educational needs
  • reassess their special educational needs
  • create an EHC plan
  • change what’s in a child’s special educational needs statement or EHC plan
  • maintain the statement or EHC plan

We also handle appeals against decisions to refuse people under 18 in custody:

  • an EHC assessment
  • an EHC plan after assessment
  • a placement to a suitable school or other institution after their release

We also handle appeals against discrimination by schools or local authorities due to a child’s disability.

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The Bradford SEND Local Offer is a free and impartial service provided by Bradford Council. The information contained within the website is available for the purposes of identifying services and provision that are available to children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. This information does not represent a recommendation or an endorsement of a Service or Provider and neither does the Bradford Council or its partners make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy of the information.

Anyone seeking to use or access a service or provision is responsible for undertaking their own checks to determine the suitability and fitness for purpose of that service and provision. Some providers will be registered and inspected by external agencies, such as Ofsted or the Care Quality Commission. Anyone working with children and young people will be required to have appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service Check (the replacement for the Criminal Record Check), safeguarding policies and insurance in place, which they should make available to you on request.