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Special Needs and Legal Entitlement, Second Edition

Special Needs and Legal Entitlement, Second Edition

The Essential Guide to Getting out of the Maze

Melinda Nettleton and John Friel

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Fully updated, this essential, accessible guide to the legal entitlements of children and young people with special needs explains the new system of Education, Health and Care Plans which replaces the Statement of Special Educational Needs. It provides information for parents about how the system works, what they can expect and how they can appeal.
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Paperback / softback
2017, 9.02in x 6.14in / 229mm x 156mm, 464pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-706-6

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2017, ePUB, 464pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-230-0
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Fully updated to include the most recent developments in law and practice, the second edition of this comprehensive and straightforward guide to the legal rights of children and young people with special educational needs clearly explains the key issues in a complex system.

Helping parents to understand the legal entitlements of their child, Nettleton and Friel explain the new Education, Health and Care Plans which have replaced the Statements of Special Educational Needs. They explain what an Education, Health and Care Plan is, how assessments are carried out, and how annual reviews, amendments, rights of appeal and tribunals work in practice. They also include help with 42 of the most common problems encountered, a discussion of relevant cases, extracts from the official published guidance issued, and a draft Reasons for Appeal.

This essential handbook for parents of children with special educational needs will also be a key reference for teachers, charities, Local Authority officers, and lawyers in other fields.


'Perhaps the most frustrating aspect of having a child with a disability is trying to make sense of the provisions available from the state. John Friel and Melinda Nettleton's book is absolutely essential for any parent faced with this predicament - and I speak from personal experience.'
- Rosa Monckton, parent and disability rights campaigner

'A timely, important and accessible text designed to guide parents and others working on behalf of children and young people with significant and severe Special Educational Needs through revised legislation. This 'must-have' book offers direction, insight and understanding, delivered by authors with years of personal and legal experience working within the field.'
- Dr Lindsay Peer, CBE, educational psychologist

'This book takes a complex and confusing subject and 'unplaits the fog', giving clear explanations of the new legislation. It is an excellent read that I will want to return to time and time again. It will allow parents and professionals to negotiate the maze that is a child's entitlement.'
- Stephen Bradshaw, MD of Children’s Services, Cambian Group