The Council for Disabled Children is the umbrella body for the disabled children's sector in England

CDC's Network 81:

  • give practical advice and advocacy via their helpline on any education/school issue
  • provide training courses for parents, which cover SEN and Disability laws and guidelines.
  • campaign through meeting with many groups for properly resourced education

Practical advice and advocacy

Unbiased - Independent

They tell you what the law states but it is up to you what you do with it.

Meetings with School & /or LA and mediation

They support you to speak for the child at meetings in school such as IEP meetings or Annual Reviews. They also support you at meetings with LA SEN officers.


They offer full support when registering an Appeal to the Special Educational Needs Tribunal Service (SEND) including preparing paperwork and representation at hearings.


Please Note: There is a charge for their advocacy service. 

This is to recover costs, as at present, no other funding is available. For further information about their charges please contact them. 

Helpline: 0845 077 4055
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Training courses

Courses can covers a range of individual modules which include:

  • Education Law including the SEN and Disability Act 2001
  • The SEN Code of Practice 2001
  • School procedures and governors responsibilities
  • Statutory Assessment and Statementing process
  • Annual Reviews
  • Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and 2005
  • SEN and Disability Tribunal (SENDIST)
  • Practical Case Studies

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Contact the Network 81 office on: 0845 077 4055 or e-mail: [email protected]