Parents’ SEND action group goes online in battle with Sutton

The parents’ action group in Sutton campaigning for fairer education and health care needs assessments for their children with special educational needs has now upgraded their online presence to provide a full-blown website.

Hundreds of Sutton families have been denied proper care assessments

Sutton EHCP Crisis was formed in March 2019 and has quickly attracted interest from hundreds of frustrated parents who have been denied the care plans that they believe – often with very strong evidence – their children are entitled to.

One of its founders, Hayley Harding, a trained solicitor, identified the large number of the council’s criteria that were in breach of the Children and Families Act 2014.

Members of the group have asked public questions at full council meetings, presented a petition containing more than 700 signatures, and featured widely on local media and BBC Radio London. An Ombudsman’s report into Sutton Council’s handling of SEND care and assessments described the system as “in crisis”.

The new online presence provides an immediate resource of case law and advice, including an article by another one of the group’s founders, Dr Alan Courtney, on ways to challenge the council’s decisions if they deny or delay providing a care plan.

As the group states on the website, “Despite numerous attempts to engage and resolve the issues, Sutton council has refused to meaningfully engage and Sutton SEND continues to be poorly run.

“It’s our children with special needs who are suffering.”

To find out more, visit the website here.

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