Volunteer for IPSEA

Will you be there when a family or young person needs you most?

IPSEA offers free, independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). One in five school pupils has SEND and thousands of these pupils are struggling to fulfil their educational potential.  We are the only charity providing this service across all SEND issues in England, working to empower parents to challenge their local authorities. 

Becoming an IPSEA volunteer means being there when a family or young person needs you most.  Just four hours each week can help hundreds of families and young people.

Ways you can help IPSEA

Can you help us to help more families?

Advice line volunteer

You’ll be trained and develop the skills needed to provide legally based information, advice and support to parents with children with special educational needs and disabilities.   

Think this may be the role for you?  Learn more about our advice line volunteer role.

Tribunal support service volunteer

You’ll be trained and develop the skills needed to provide individual casework support for tribunal appeals on behalf of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Think this may be the role for you?  Learn more about our tribunal support service volunteer role.

Admin volunteer

Give us a few hours each week to help behind the scenes in our Saffron Walden office.  This could involve anything from answering phones to updating our database. 

Think this may be the role for you?  Learn more about our admin volunteer role.

In 2016 our volunteers have helped more than 4,600 families on the Advice Line and Tribunal Helpline and offered case work support to more than 350 families

“IPSEA volunteer advisors have been tremendous. I don't know where I'd have been without them. I can't thank you all enough” Parent 

IPSEA mailing list

Click here to join our mailing list so that we can send you relevant updates and information.

Advice Line

This provides next step advice on: problems with schools, requesting statutory assessment, statements and Education, Health and Care Plans, annual reviews, disability discrimination and exclusion. Please click here to book an appointment to get one of our advisers to call you back.

Tribunal Helpline

Our Tribunal Helpline Gives next step advice on SEN appeals and disability discrimination claims to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal. When you call we will also assess whether you need casework support. Please click here to book an appointment to get one of our advisers to call you back.

IPSEA training

IPSEA provides a wide range of SEN training for Parents, School Staff, Parent Forums, Support Groups, Local Authority SEN teams, Parent Partnership Schemes, School Governors and other groups / organisations. Click here for details.

Information Service

The Information Services is for general legal enquiries and will signpost you to factsheets and resources on our website. Click here for more details about our Information Service