We received some really good news today from the SEN education department at the council. An e-mail confirming that Charlie will be getting a statement of special education needs, and that for now they will be naming his current school in the statement.
For anyone who is not in the UK, a statement of special educational needs is the legal document which sets out the help a child with additional needs must get in school and without which it is impossible to access special education.
We are so pleased to have gotten this far so quickly. I know lots of parents are being told that its impossible or unnecessary to get SEN statements or that their children’s needs are not severe enough, so I just want to write this to encourage you to keep fighting and keep trying because its not impossible.
I want to say a huge thank you to our advocate Stuart from S&A Education support who has been supporting us through this whole process, and without whom I don’t think we would have made so much progress.
I’m so happy that Charlie can stay in his current school, until a place becomes available in the specialist ASD school, he is so happy and settled in there and is really doing very well. The staff and the management are amazing and we are slowly getting to know some of the other parents which is great.
I was surprised how relieved I felt to get the news, I don’t think I realise how much the stress of not knowing what would happen next was affecting me.
I think I will sleep well tonight –