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Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

1. Overview

Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can affect a child or young person’s ability to learn. They can affect their:

  • behaviour or ability to socialise, for example they struggle to make friends
  • reading and writing, for example because they have dyslexia
  • ability to understand things
  • concentration levels, for example because they have ADHD
  • physical ability

Who to talk to

If you think your child may have special educational needs, contact the SEN co-ordinator, or ‘SENCO’ in your child’s school or nursery.

Contact your local council if your child isn’t in a school or nursery.

Your local Information, Advice and Support (IAS) Service can give you advice about SEND.

Support your child can receive

Your child may be eligible for:

If you or your child got support before September 2014 this will continue until your local council changes it to an EHC plan.