Resources of relevance to the A Place at the Table project can be found here.



Autonomy, Rights and Children with Special Needs: A New Paradigm?

This project, based at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Manchester, investigates the way in which the children’s rights agenda is being implemented in practice in the field of SEN/ASN, taking into account the wider policy context of declining budgets, reduced local authority power, increasingly complex governance arrangements and policy divergence across England and Scotland.

Review of Arrangements for Disagreement Resolution (SEND)

This research was commissioned by the Department for Education and carried out by CEDAR at the University of Warwick between April 2015 and March 2017. Among its aims were to support Ministerial commitments to conduct a review of the disagreement resolution arrangements and to conduct a pilot to test the expansion of the powers of the First-Tier Tribunal (SEND) to make non-binding recommendations on health and social care aspects of EHC plans. The project had three components: online surveys of all 152 local authorities in England; interviews with parents or young people, tribunal panel members, mediators, supporters and others involved in dispute/disagreement resolution; and assessment of cost savings arising from early disagreement resolution and of cost implications of the extended Tribunal powers in the pilot areas.

Two blog posts on summarise the findings from this research:

Review of arrangements for disagreement resolution (SEND) – Part 1: Understanding the effect of the ‘Recommendations pilot’, by Mairi Ann Cullen

Review of arrangements for disagreement resolution (SEND) – Part 2: Impact of compulsory mediation information on appeals to the First-tier Tribunal SEND, by Mairi Ann Cullen

Participation in mediation to resolve SEND disputes

How do children and young people participate in mediation to resolve disputes about their special educational needs provision? In this blog post on, Ben Walsh reports on his recent study (featured in UKAJI’s Current Research Register profiles, May 2016 update) and forthcoming article [available here] and identifies the need for further research on the views of children and young people.

The participation of children and young people in special educational needs mediation, by Ben Walsh



Douglas Silas Solicitors

Valuable resources, FAQs and information on SEND from a leading specialist solicitor, including termly updates, the free app, and a free Guide to the SEND Code of Practice.

Independent Parental Special Education Advice (IPSEA)

Website offering advice and support on local authorities’ legal duties to assess and provide for children with special educational needs; exclusions of children with special needs/disabilities; and action/inaction by local authorities and/or schools which discriminate against children and young people with disabilities.


Free telephone helpline for parents and others looking for information and advice on Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).

Special Needs Jungle

Parent-led information, news, and opinion on SEND issues.



IAS Services – what they are/how they can help? (short films)

A couple of videos looking at what IAS services are, what they can do, and how they can help, including one specifically for young people. The aim of the videos is to help people who are looking at the IAS services for the first time and who may not know what they do, by clarifying what the IAS services are, what they do/how they can help by sharing this information alongside some service user stories.


Young Ambassadors for Inclusion

Scotland’s Young Ambassadors for Inclusion are a group of pupils on a mission to help schools think about how they can become more inclusive. The Young Ambassadors share their views about what schools and local authorities can do to make sure every pupil feels included and supported in school in a new film – Ask us, Hear Us, Include Us.


Shared decision making on mental health

A video on research carried out by young people with the National Children’s Bureau on decision-making for better mental health.

Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman Focus Reports

Education, Health and Care Plans: Our first 100 investigations (Oct 2017)

Are we getting the best from children’s social care complaints? (March 2015)

Special Educational Needs: Preparing for the future (March 2014)

Out of school…out of mind? How councils can do more to give children out of school a good education (Sept 2011, amended Jan 2016)

Children’s Commissioner for England Reports

Falling through the Gaps in Education (Nov 2017)

Children’s Voices: the well-being of children excluded from schools and in alternative provision (Nov 2017)

Speaking up: When children and young people want to complain about school (Dec 2015)