A Guide To The SEND Code of Practice [Updated for 2016/17]

Douglas Silas

"The guide that the Government should have written, but didn’t!"

Now updated for 2017/18, this is the comprehensive guide to the Special Educational Needs & Disability Code of Practice 2014 and new SEN  framework, which came into force in September 2014. 

From award-winning Douglas Silas, a solicitor specialising exclusively in special educational needs, it includes and links to all relevant legislation, regulations and guidance needed. 

As an eBook only, this guide is easily carried around on a mobile device and can be used to make searchable highlights/notes/bookmarks.

This guide is for many people, amongst others: 

- Parents/carers, young people and their advocates;

- Teachers/SENCOs/lecturers (both in mainstream/special schools or colleges);

- Local Authority officers (dealing with ‘education’ or ‘care’);

- Healthcare professionals (e.g. therapists, psychologists, doctors);

- Anyone involved in Complaints/Appeals/Dispute Resolution.

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Douglas specialises exclusively in SEN and has done so successfully for nearly two decades. He is widely respected and internationally recognised as a leading expert in his field. 

Douglas has successfully advised & represented thousands of parents of children and young people with SEN/Disability and has also trained a wide variety of people in this field over the years. He has been consistently named as an expert in Education Law by the leading UK legal directories for well over a decade. 

During his career, Douglas has helped many parents get the right educational provision or placement for their child, even where they thought that there was no hope left.  He specialises in handling the more difficult or complicated cases, sometimes succeeding where parents have already been unsuccessful previously.  

Douglas’ website www.SpecialEducationalNeeds.co.uk provides a lot of free information about SEN and is nationally recognised, getting many thousands of visitors (both personal and professional) every month. 

In 2011, Douglas was shortlisted by the Law Society for its prestigious 'Solicitor of the Year (Private Practice)' award in its annual Excellence Awards. In 2013, Douglas received the first ‘Outstanding Achievement’ award at the Modern Law Awards. 

At the time of publication, in Summer 2014, Douglas has already been named ‘Education Lawyer of the Year in England’ in the Corporate International Global Awards 2014 and also ‘UK - Education Lawyer of the Year’ in the ACQ Global Awards 2014. Douglas was shortlisted by the Law Society, for 'Solicitor of the Year (Private Practice)' for the second time in their Excellence Awards, in Autumn 2014.

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