Anne Longfield OBE is the Children’s Commissioner for England.
Her role is to research and advocate for the rights of children especially those in the SEND community.
Her team look into the rights, views and interests of children then that information is used to help create positive outcomes when it comes to to making decisions about their futures.
SENAC is a charity in Northern Ireland providing an independent advice, information and advocacy service for parents of children and young people with special educational needs up to the age of 19 across a wide range of learning difficulties. Advice Line: 028 9079 5779
IPSEA is a national charity providing free legally based advice to families who have children with special educational needs. All their advice is given by trained volunteers. Tel: 0800 0184016 (Freephone)
Sensory Linq are specialists in the field of sensory impairment. They offer support, guidance and training to local authorities, social and health care agencies in order to help them meet statutory requirements. They can even give you advice on meeting the needs of children who are deafblind (have multisensory impairment) on request.
The Special Educational Consortium (SEC) is a group of organisations who protect and promote the right of disabled children and children with special educational needs to a high – quality education which meets their needs. SEC also has a Parliamentary Group that is particularly active during the passage of legislation. The role of the Parliamentary Group is to represent the views of SEC to members of parliament. What do they do? •They provide the SEN and disability sector with a strong and unified voice with which to talk to Government, Parliament and officials. •They provide a forum for the its members to develop their thinking on education policy and set political strategy across the sector. For more information visit the website or ring the number.