4. Very good advice about process from parents. (see below extract) Please read this excellent blog!
§Keep a record of interactions and write notes on conversations. §Keep a diary of events. §Email your notes of the conversations with professionals so there is a written record. §Bring someone to support you to appointments or at meetings e.g. so you are not on your own and they can also take notes for you. It is helpful to have someone to debrief with who is not as emotionally involved as you are. §However you feel, don’t get angry at professionals or the social worker. The social worker may not understand the special educational needs system. You being critical of other professionals, angry at the social worker or refusing to talk to them, supports the picture they have been given. Give the social worker information and evidence to support what you say. e.g. copies of medical letters, diagnosis letters.…etc. etc
5 The Law Society and others have prepared guidelines to assist lawyers when dealing with litigants in person. Many litigants in person feel the system is stacked against them. This document is an effort to ensure the process works for all. If you are a litigant in person they encourage you to read these guidelines and try and follow the process laid out in your case