Exciting news today - the relaunch of our ASK IPSEA feature!
We had to take a break last year in our link-up with the SEND legal charity, IPSEA, after its former head, Jane McConnell, became a Judge at the First Tier Tribunal for Special Educational Needs and Disability - the same place you will go in any appeal against an Education, Health and Care Plan or a Disability Discrimination case.
But now, IPSEA has a new chief executive in highly-experienced solicitor, Julie Moktadir. Julie joined IPSEA in February 2016 and has been settling in to her new role as head of an extremely busy organisation - never more so than since the introduction of the SEND reforms.
Julie is a practicing solicitor and mum of three children. She previously volunteered for IPSEA and has worked at various legal firms and organisations throughout the South and South East of England. Julie has practised in civil litigation and started her career as a legal aid lawyer, always working with the more vulnerable members of society. She has specialised in family, criminal, immigration and education law and is particularly interested in challenging unlawful and unfair decisions made by local authorities.
And so.. ASK IPSEA is back! But how does it work?
As with any new - or even not so new - system, there are many questions into interpreting the law and what this means for you. SNJ has teamed up once again with IPSEA so that you can ask your question via the SNJ site. We then collate them and pass them to Julie and her team at IPSEA once a month. Julie will quickly research answers and the replies will be published on the Special Needs Jungle site. All replies posted are anonymised to protect your privacy.
- To ask a question, you need to sign up to SNJ and be logged in. While you're there, you can sign up to new post alerts so you don't miss when new answers to legal questions have been published.
- Then you simply fill in the form on the page, submit, and wait for the answer to appear. You don't need to be logged in to read answers, only to ask, to help us avoid spam.
Two words of caution: If your question is URGENT and relates to an appeal that is soon approaching, please do not use this system for your question. Likewise, do not use this system if your question is so highly personal that it cannot be easily anonymised in the answers. In these two cases, please contact IPSEA directly.
Ready to get started? Visit the Ask IPSEA page and sign in!.