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.
One of our amazing partners Totum Foundation are raising money for us by walking a very very very long way!
Read all about it and donate if you can:
Just giving: TOTUM walks to support send kids #london2brighton
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 email@example.com
NEWSLETTER: Sign up to our newsletter 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?
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.
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.
KEEP IN TOUCH
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meet the SSK team
Janvi Patel (Co-founder / CEO)
Rachel Amos (Co-founder / COO)
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)
Catie Sheret (Content and Community Manager)
Tamsin Ogilvie (UX strategy & design)
Robert Russell (Infrastructure support)
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, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
A broken system: education, health, and care plans
The Law Gazette, 02/12/21
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