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Parental confidence in the special educational needs assessment, statementing and tribunal system : qualitative study (Research report DCSF-RR117)

Report presenting the findings of a study of parental experiences of the special educational needs (SEN) assessment, statementing and Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SENDIST) system. The goal was to gain a greater insight into perceived problems with SEN provision and to identify those factors which make the system work well for some parents and not others.

The study focused particularly on the experiences of parents from lower socio-economic neighbourhoods and the relationship of foster carers and social care professionals with responsibility for looked after children to the SEN process.

Clarissa Penfold
Nicky Cleghorn
Rosalind Tennant
Ian Palmer
Janet Read
Department for Children, Schools and Families