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Legal information resources

Pinpoint has run legal seminars on children's rights as well as sessions on young people's rights, with Cambridge solicitors Irwin Mitchell, looking at education, health and care issues.

 Here is a copy of the 2015 legal seminar presentation.

You can also access a series of factsheets and template letters on various topics, prepared by Irwin Mitchell and partners especially for parents and young people who need more information about key aspects of the Children and Families Act 2014.   All these resources can be found on the Irwin Mitchell website. 

Factsheets include:

  • Duties on Schools
  • EHC needs assessments
  • The EHC plan
  • Health duties
  • Social care assessments and duties for children
  • Social care assessments and duties over 18 
  • Duties to carers and carers assessments
  • The Local Offer
  • Advocacy
  • Consultation
  • Information, advice and support
  • Support for pupils with medical conditions
  • SEN support – early years
  • SEN support – schools
  • SEN support – further education
  • Personal Budgets
  • Direct Payments
  • Annual Reviews and Re-assessments
  • Preparing for adulthood
  • Mediation
  • Tribunal appeals
  • Complaints
  • Judicial Review
  • Legal Aid


Template letters - if you are writing to local authorities - include:

  • Requesting an EHC needs assessment
  • Chasing up on the outcome of an assessment request
  • Requesting amendments to a draft plan (including requesting a school or placement)
  • Chasing up on the outcome of a final plan 
  • Requesting a personal budget
  • Requesting a direct payment 
  • Appealing a decision to refuse direct payments 
  • Requesting a social care assessment for a child or young person under 18
  • Requesting a social care assessment for a young person over 18
  • Requesting a carers assessment
  • Requesting information regarding the Local Offer


Note: There are no template letters for circumstances where parents or young people wish to challenge a decision or exercise their rights of appeal. If this is the case for your family, please seek specialist advice.

Disabled Children's Legal Handbook

Get free download adaptations of the handbook via the Council for Disabled Children's website 


Free App from Douglas Silas Solicitors

Douglas Silas Solicitors have a free App for Smartphone or Tablet for anyone (whether personally or professionally) involved with a child or young person with Special Educational Needs (SEN). The App sections include: News, FAQs, Law, Videos. The app also includes a copy 'A Guide To The SEND Code of Practice (updated for 2016/17)' which contains the Code itself with internal and external links to relevant parts of it and other guidance and legislation.