If the local authority refuses to give your child a statement, but you feel this is the wrong decision, you can appeal to the Special Educational Needs Tribunal (SEN).
You must do this within two months of being told your child will not receive a statement. You should also write to your named officer at the local authority, telling them that you do not agree with their decision and that you wish to go to the SEN tribunal. You may also want to request a meeting to discuss your concerns about their decision.
At the same time, you can also contact the Disagreement Resolution Service, which is sometimes known as a mediation service – your local authority should give you their details. Using the mediation service does not affect your right to appeal to the tribunal. However, if meeting with your local authority and using the mediation service is enough to resolve the disagreement you can withdraw from the tribunal process.