Support send kids charity
Founded by lawyers, entrepreneurs and activists
We bring together SEND families with questions and lawyers with answers.
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.
WHY IS THIS NEEDED?
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.
HOW DO WE DO IT?
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.
access Child Trust Funds
A topic weighing down many SEND families at the moment is the difficulty in accessing a child's 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.
*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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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HOW and who WILL WE HELP?
HOW DOES IT WORK?
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.
“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.
KEEP IN TOUCH
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meet the Support send kids team
watch the founders explain their motivation Founder video
watch Denise explain our mission onstage at Legal Geek 2021
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 charity pro-bono lawyers: Morgan Lewis
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: email@example.com
In the press
Education Business, issue 28.2, 15/03/23
Learning Disability Today, 16/11/22
Education Business, 14/11/22
The Legal Diary, 21/10/22
SEND network, 21/10/22
Charities Management, 22/08/22
The Legal Diary, 19/08/22
Early Years Educator, 12/07/22
Further Education magazine, 18/03/22
Totum Partners newsletter, 27/01/22
Legal Geek, 24/01/2022
The Law Gazette, 02/12/21
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