Support send kids charity

Founded by lawyers, entrepreneurs and activists 

We believe every child has the right to be the best version of themselves. 

Yet without help, SEND children fall behind, or out of education. 

Please, don’t let send kids get left out!


The charity Support SEND Kids FAQ

  • Set up during lockdown by Rachel, Janvi and Denise (who later stepped down as a trustee but remains involved), the charity is four years old 
  • Has five female trustees today (Rachel, Janvi, Emily, Caroline and Tamara)  – all of them are either lawyers and/ or have run legal technology companies. All work full time and most have children with SEND and many of the trustees are also neurodiverse. All the trustees contribute their time for free.
  • None of the trustees is an education or disability lawyer but we have many lawyers who contribute their knowledge in these areas FOR FREE
  • The inspiration for the charity was the child of a friend and colleague who could not go to school during lockdown because the government changed the level at which local authorities had to provide support.
  • The trustees felt that this was a breach of the law and against children’s human rights, so they set out to spread information about what SEND children are entitled to legally in order to access their education.
  • This is needed because the legal landscape is confusing and full of mis-information. For time-poor parents of SEND kids this is a nightmare.
  • Support SEND kids is focused on the technical areas of the law for SEN (special educational needs) and D (disability) that other charities do not cover (although there are many amazing SEND charities out there). We sometimes work with other charities to increase the impact of what we do and we collaborate whenever we can.
  • Our most important collaborations are with the lawyers who provide FREE help.
  • We use technology to try and scale what we do
  • We partner with law firms as well

How we help

We use technology to provide free, accurate guidance to those interpreting (and advising on) SEND law and other laws that affect SEND families. This means we can help SEND families and SEND professionals in securing the right education for each SEND child, and navigate other laws that affect SEND families, especially when legal challenges are necessary.

Because the current system is hard for all parties to navigate and often fails to secure the right outcome, leaving families to manage a legal process they have no experience of. Access to justice becomes an issue for those who cannot afford expensive legal representation.


We publish easy-to-digest guides and answer questions to explain how the law affects any given situation that SEND families face. 

We enable families to self-serve and self-advocate in the law 

We aim to equip our visitors with the information needed to achieve the right outcome for the child at the heart of the process.


To creating lasting change. To supporting activists, lawyers, policy makers and local authorities with data to effect change.
To empower SEND families to help themselves through data and transparency.

New charity partner - The hall school tri team

Huge thank you to the Hall School parents tri team who will be at the Blenheim Triathlon on 2 June 2024, swimming, cycling and running their hearts out to raise vital funds for us. If you are part of the team look out for the SEND Champions, they are taking part too, will join you at training and can talk about their lived experience with neurodiverse children in education. Just Giving: The Hall Tri Team 2024

 current campaign

Government funded Child trust funds

Government funded CTF are lost to children without ‘mental capacity’

A topic weighing down many SEND families at the moment is the difficulty in accessing a child's Government-gifted Child Trust Fund, when the child doesn't have 'mental capacity'. This requires an application to the Court of Protection. We are partnering with Reed Smith lawyers who are offering to guide parents through the process - for free. It is not necessary to wait until a child is 18 to do this, so please put yourself forward if we can help you.

A Child Trust Fund is a long-term tax-free savings account for children born between 1 September 2002 and 2 January 2011. More details on the Government website

*Does your child have a Child Trust Fund (CTF)?
*Is the money stuck in it because your child does not have "mental capacity"?
*Do you want to be involved in this project?
If you answered yes, please sign up and learn more

Worth a listen: BBC Breakfast interviewed Victoria Butler-Cole KC on this subject and she references our work.

how to help

DONATE: Please support us on PayPal for individual or monthly donations or write to us and we will give you our bank details!

FUNDRAISE: Sponsor us. Donate. Invite us to speak at your diversity events. 

CONTRIBUTE: Your knowledge to this platform: search and Answer questions. Share your skills, money, time

WATCH: Our video calling for pro bono support from lawyers, tech teams, marketing depts and other professionals.

VOLUNTEER: If you have time to give please do drop us an email at

NEWSLETTER: Sign up to our newsletter pop up to keep informed.

OUR BACKERS: WCIT charity (Worshipful Company of Information Technologists), the Philip King Trust and the many many people who donate to us personally  to support our work.


HOW and who WILL WE HELP? 


Search, ask and answer on this platform. 
Collating and curating free, dynamic, accessible, searchable data that can be contributed to by families and professionals. Providing a webinar and video content space to hold informative events and other easily accessible video content.

Noddy No-nonsense Guide to SEN Law / Disability Law in Education No-nonsense Guide

No-nonsense Guides: search here on the platform, or download as pdfs. 
Press coverage for No-nonsense Guides: Learning Disability Today, Education Business 

“Sharing the ‘Noddy No-nonsense Guide to SEN law’ on the Support SEND kids platform, in its new Q&A format, has been very positive. Thanks, comments and requests have come in from the Dept of Education, Judges, LAs, SENCOs and parents. I am proud of the extended reach SEND kids has given to the Noddy Guide.” 

David Wolfe, KC, Noddy Guide author.

Use the free roadmap of the EHCP process (beta)
Designing and digitalizing an improved EHCP process.


Volunteer with us


Get involved in socials

LinkedIn / Twitter / Instagram / Faceboook / YouTube  @supportsendkids #I_supportSENDkids


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Contact Us

meet the Support send kids team


Janvi Patel (Co-founder / CEO)

Rachel Amos (Co-founder / COO)

Denise Nurse (Co-founder)

watch the founders explain their motivation Founder video 

watch Denise explain our mission onstage at Legal Geek  2021



Janvi Patel (Co-founder / CEO)

Rachel Amos (Co-founder / COO)

Emily Foges (Trustee)

Caroline Withers (Trustee)



Lorna Clayton (HR and Talent)

Catie Sheret (Content and Community Manager)

Tamsin Ogilvie (UX strategy & design)

Melanie Sheen (Admin support)

Robert Russell (Infrastructure support)


With huge thanks to all the people who, very generously, volunteer their time to help SEND families navigate the law. 


Our financial funding currently comes from individuals supporting us through Go Fund Me, Crowd Justice and Just Giving and from grant making trusts.

Our legal community backing comes from a number of large law firms providing skills and expertise to us "pro-bono": Reed Smith, Sherman & Sterling.

Our charity pro-bono lawyers: Morgan Lewis

Our SEND lawyer support: David Wolfe QC, Leon Glenister, Talem Law, Shoosmiths, Boyes Turner

Our tech support is from our partners at SenateSense, Bryter Open and Kira Systems

Our PR support is pro-bono from Farrer Kane.

Our HR support is pro-bono from Shearman & Sterling

Our Accountants: All Square


If you want to support us pro-bono please email:

In the press 

Caroline Withers, Support SEND Kids trustee, writes about tackling disability discrimination in education p,59

Education Business, issue 28.2, 15/03/23

New digital guide for SEND families on disability discrimination in education 

Learning Disability Today, 16/11/22

New guide for families dealing with disability discrimination 

Education Business, 14/11/22

SEND is an access to justice issue and the legal community is helping through pro bono support 

The Legal Diary, 21/10/22

Welcoming SEND families to early years education

SEND network, 21/10/22

Empowering families to get the right educational support for children 

Charities Management, 22/08/22

SEND for Foges 

The Legal Diary, 19/08/22

Welcoming SEND families to early years settings 

Early Years Educator, 12/07/22

Parents of older learners will be sceptical about the SEND review 

Further Education magazine, 18/03/22

Support SEND Kids: Helping the next generation thrive 

Totum Partners newsletter,  27/01/22

Finding a better way to Support SEND Kids

Legal Geek, 24/01/2022

Support SEND Kids Teams Up with BRYTER and Reed Smith to Create Digital Tools for Families with Special Educational Needs

Bryter,  17/12/21

A broken system: education, health, and care plans

The Law Gazette, 02/12/21

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