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Free legal advice webinars to families during pandemic

One of the UK’s leading children’s charities has teamed up with an acclaimed firm of solicitors to produce a series of free, online, webinars offering the families of disabled children legal guidance on a range of topics that are relevant to them.

Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, has worked with its official legal services partner, Irwin Mitchell, to produce the webinars which will be broadcast live via the Zoom platform.

The first webinar, The Impact of COVID-19 on Education and Social Care, will take place at 7.00pm on Wednesday 10th June, 2020, and will be 45-60 minutes in duration.

The webinar, which will be hosted and delivered by Steven Baylis, and Emma Rush, from Irwin Mitchell, will cover the important topic of education, and will give an overview of the legal rights of families to access educational support and learning during the current coronavirus lockdown.

Mr Baylis, is a highly respected Associate Solicitor specialising in education and community care law, and cases in the Court of Protection that involve mental capacity, best interests, and deprivation of liberty.

He often represents families in Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunals, and challenges local authority decisions including the refusal to conduct educational, health and care needs assessments.

Ms Rush, is a partner within the Medical Negligence team at Irwin Mitchell’s Birmingham office and has represented many families where children have been left with significant disabilities due to injuries sustained at birth.

“We’re delighted to be able to offer this invaluable resource to the families that we support, along with the wider community,” said Trudi Beswick, CEO of Caudwell Children. “Parents and carers will be able to watch, in an accessible format, a series of talks on key legal topics affecting them, and they will be able to interact and ask direct questions themselves.”

The inaugural webinar, which looks at the impact that the coronavirus has had on education and social care, will look at: What has changed, what remains the same, and what this means Local Authorities can and cannot do during the current health crisis.

Legal advice can be costly so Mrs Beswick is hoping that parents will take advantage of the opportunity to access the free legal platform. As she explained: “Having a child with a disability, or a serious injury or illness, can have an emotional and physical impact that can be life changing. Legal advice can help parents to access the best medical care, rehabilitation and support that their child needs, so it’s important that parents take advantage of this unique service which will be delivered by experts in their field.”

The webinars illustrate how Caudwell Children has adapted its services during the global pandemic to enable it to continue supporting dabbled children and their families.

Following the first webinar the charity’s Family Services team will seek feedback from participants about what topics they want to cover in future.

To register for The Impact of COVID-19 on Education and Social Care, visit the Irwin Mitchell registration page here.