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Information & advice
The thought of having to appeal against a decision made in your EHC Plan by your Local Authority can seem daunting. This guide will take you through the process to help you understand what to expect.
Navigating the world of EHC plans (Educational Health and Care Plan) can be challenging when your child has Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND).
So the thought of having to appeal against a decision made in your EHC plan by your Local Authority can seem daunting. This guide will support and advise you in your decision to appeal against any decision regarding your child’s SEN.
The SEND Tribunal is an independent national tribunal which hears appeals from parents and young people against a Local Authority’s decisions about the special educational needs of children and young people. Its formal name is The First-Tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) but it is often informally called the SEND Tribunal.
You can appeal to the SEND Tribunal if you’re unhappy with a decision made in relation to an EHC needs assessment or an EHC plan. The SEND Tribunal has the power to order Local Authorities to carry out EHC needs assessments, issue EHC plans, and amend existing EHC plans. Local Authorities must comply with orders made by the SEND Tribunal.
The steps below out line the process you go through when making an appeal to the Tribunal. Our in-depth guide, which you can download below, has more information on each step.
Appealing to the Tribunal itself is free. There are no fees for parents or young people to pay. But you may have some costs for things like photocopying documents or travel expenses if you decide to attend the Tribunal in person.
We have a range of further resources for you to download that may be useful.