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How are children’s rights considered at the SENDIST?

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A child has a legal right to be heard and to have their views taken into account when decisions are being made which affect them. All reasonable efforts should be made to ascertain the views of the child about their special educational needs and the help which is needed.

The views of the child should not only be listened to, but should be properly taken into account in light of the child’s age, maturity and understanding. Children with a disability have the right to have assistance to enable them to give views throughout all stages of the processes of identification, assessment and review.

Children have a specific legal right to attend the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal and to present their own views about the impact on them of decisions which have been made in relation to their education.

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