The National Autistic Society runs a Tribunal Support Line. This is a service which provides ongoing support and advice to parents who have lodged or are thinking of lodging a SEN tribunal.
We can provide support to parents of children with a diagnosis of autism (or who are in the process of getting a diagnosis). We have experienced volunteer caseworkers who can support parents via e-mail and telephone to lodge the appeal form and offer on-going advice in all aspects of tribunal preparation up to and including the hearing. In some instances we can also provide pro-bono representation at hearings.
We cannot provide face to face support but can work in conjunction with other sevices such as Parent Partnerships where a parent requires specialist tribunal advice alongside some face to face support.
Any parent accessing the service should phone the number shown, where they will be invited to leave their contact details. We aim to get back to parents within 6 days of receiving the message although if the query is urgent, we can usually respond sooner. Direct referrals from Parent Partnerships are accepted by leaving parental details and a contact number.