A new tribunal system for Scotland that can help children secure extra education and support services is launched this week.
Additional Support Needs Tribunals can order agencies to provide a broader range of services for parents who feel their children’s education needs are not being adequately catered for. Over-16s can apply on their own behalf.
In England and Wales, tribunals focus on children with special educational needs, but the Scottish system will cover any child who faces a barrier to learning. This could include children with behavioural problems, those who have been bullied, regular truants or even high achievers.
People can apply to have their case heard by the tribunal if they are unhappy with their support plan and feel mediation services cannot resolve the issue.
Tribunals will comprise a convener with a legal background and two people with experience of children with additional support needs.