From time to time, disagreements may arise about your child’s Additional Learning Needs (ALN) or Additional Learning Provision (ALP). As far as possible these disagreements should be avoided or resolved at the earliest opportunity.
The aims of disagreement resolution are to:
Firstly, discuss your concerns with your child’s school or educational setting. The Parent Partnership Service can support you to do this and offer mediation and impartial advice and support (see below).
Steps for parents to consider:
Impartial Disagreement Resolution
The Parent Partnership Service can offer impartial advice and support to children or young people, and/or their parents where there is a disagreement about the support the pupil gets at school or college, a decision about Additional Learning Needs, or about an IDP. Being impartial means we don’t take sides and we support families to have their voice heard, offering mediation when required.
This could include:
Independent Disagreement Resolution
This service provides a formal way of resolving disagreements about support for learners with ALN. This could be a disagreement between a child, their parents or a young person and Pembrokeshire County Council; or between a child, their parents or a young person and the school. The service is independent and is provided by SNAP Cymru for Pembrokeshire local authority.
* permission required from child, their parent or young person
You can get details about accessing this service by contacting the Parent Partnership Service on 01437 776354
Advocacy for Children and Young People with ALN
Advocacy is about…
How can I get an Advocate or find out more information?
Pembrokeshire’s Parent Partnership Service can offer formal Advocacy to children, young people and their case friends, aged up to 25 years. The Parent Partnership Service have staff trained in Advocacy from Independent Advocacy providers TGP Cymru and the National Youth Advocacy Service. The team can offer impartial, confidential and skilled advocacy to children, young people with ALN, or (when appropriate) their case friends.
The Parent Partnership Service will also make a referral to an Independent Advocacy Service in circumstances when this service is required.
The Education Tribunal is independent of government, local authorities, schools and Further Education Institutes (FEI) or settings.
The Tribunal hears and decides appeals and applications in relation to children and young people who have or may have Additional Learning Needs (ALN). Specifically, it hears and decides appeals about the decisions of an FEI or a local authority in Wales. The decisions made by the tribunal are legally binding.
A child, child’s parent or young person may appeal to the Tribunal about:
A child or child’s parent seeking a declaration from the Tribunal must submit an application in writing to the Tribunal. The Education Tribunal will provide the relevant application forms upon request.