It’s a good idea to continue talking to the local authority when you are in disagreement, as it may be possible to resolve without having to lodge an appeal.
Let them know what it is you disagree with and what you would like changed.
These discussions will help you decide whether to appeal and if you do, it could be useful when building your case. Continue talking with them even after lodging an appeal.
Appealing to the SEND Tribunal is a formal legal process and can feel quite daunting. Information and preparation are key, take a look at our information, and if you are undecided or have any questions about appealing, please get in touch.
You can lodge an appeal , either within two months of the original decision being sent by the local authority, or within one month of the date of the mediation certificate whichever is the later.
If you are thinking about appealing these local authority decisions, you must firstly consider mediation:
- refusal to carry out an EHC needs assessment
- refusal to issue an EHC plan
- the contents of a final EHC plan or amended plan
- decision not to amend an EHC plan
- decision to cease to maintain an EHC plan
The national trail on health and social care matters referred to in this leaflet has ended. You may now ask the tribunal to consider the sections relating to health and social care needs and provision. Read more about the extended powers.
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Building your case
Click the tiles below for advice around the evidence needed for these various types of appeal.