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Young People


Young person readingWe work directly with young people aged 16-25 who would like information, advice and support (IAS) relating to Special Educational Needs (SEN) law, policy and practise. This can sound complicated, but it isn’t – it means that we’re here to help you make sense of things that affect you.

The IAS that we offer is impartial and confidential. While we are funded by Lambeth Council we operate at “arms-length” from other local authority services. This means that unless we have child protection concerns we will not tell other services about our discussions with you unless you want us to. For more information, see our confidentiality policy and impartiality policy.

We do what we do because we believe that young people with SEN should be allowed to participate as fully as they would like to in decisions and processes. Often, the right information, advice and support can allow this to happen. This isn’t just our belief – the law says it too.

The IAS we provide is varied and it depends on your personal circumstances, but it might include:

Information on:

  • The law around SEN
  • The Lambeth Local Offer
  • Local early-years settings, schools, colleges and other post-16 provision
  • Mediation, SEND Tribunal hearings and dispute resolution

Advice about:

  • Gathering and understanding information
  • How to get the best from a meeting
  • How other organisations might be able to help
  • Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs)

Support with:

  • Preparing for and attending meetings
  • Writing letters
  • Understanding reports
  • EHCP applications and annual reviews

However, we can help in many more ways than those listed above – we couldn’t possibly include them all here! You can find out key information by clicking the links to our information pages below. If you can’t find the information you need or if you would like to find out more about us, we encourage you to get in touch.