Good practice in supporting disabled learners

Disability Rights UK is developing a toolkit of resources for education providers to showcase good practice in supporting disabled learners to make the transition to internships and paid employment. Two sets of materials are now available, made in partnership with National Star College and Seevic College in 2016. View the toolkit


Employment Event For Carers in South Glos & Bristol- 13th October

Do you want to find out about support for people with a learning disability to get a job and be supported in work? The Carer's Support Centre have joined with BOSS Employment Support to run an event on Thursday 13th October for carers in South Gloucestershire and Bristol. Click here to find out more.



Clarity from the UT on appeals involving young people and EHC Plans

The Upper Tribunal has issued its decision in the case of Buckinghamshire County Council v SJ [2016] UKUT 254 (AAC), which deals with important issues for young people with SEN and their families. IPSEA supported the parents both in the First Tier Tribunal and in the Upper Tribunal, after the Local Authority appealed against the First Tier Tribunal’s decision ordering an EHC plan to be issued for the young person. The decision is a very positive one for young people as it confirms the wide category of those who might need an EHC plan, and firmly rejects the suggestion (being made increasingly frequently by Local Authorities) that it is only those who are seeking to study and gain further qualifications who would qualify for such a plan.

The full decision can be found here.

The case was also linked with another case Hillingdon LBC v WW [2016] UKUT 253 (AAC) and we have written an article with the Solicitors who were involved in that case, which can be found here.


Catch up with Lauren Smith at Weston Bay

BBC news clip of Lauren Smith at Weston Bay


The UK’s largest support service for under 25s launches as 'The Mix'

YouthNet and Get Connected have merged to become The Mix. The new youth organisation will offer a range of support services with a focus on mental wellbeing and creating opportunities through volunteering. Click on the link below to find out more.