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Special educational needs and disability

Advice and guidance to support children or young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Navigating the world of SEND can feel really overwhelming at times; you may have received a new diagnosis or maybe facing a new challenge in your lives.

The term special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) is used to describe learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for a child or young person to learn in comparison to those of a similar age.

Some children may have a disability which doesn’t affect their learning but could prevent them from being able to do some everyday tasks.

As such some children and young people may require additional support to help them achieve their outcomes or learning objectives depending on their individual needs.

Advice and support

This section provides a range of information, advice and guidance to support children or young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). 

Special educational needs and disability and your child

Have a look at Leicestershire County Council’s main SEND pages, which include: 

  • Education and childcare 
  • Transport 
  • Preparing for adulthood 
  • Health 
  • Information and support 
  • Money matters 
  • Sharing your views 

Visit: SEND | Leicestershire County Council

Visit: Where to start with SEND | Leicestershire County Council

Other SEND links
Leicestershire Local Offer

The Local Offer gives children and young people with special education needs or disabilities (SEND) and their families information about help and services in Leicestershire.   

It aims to bring together useful information across education, health and social care into one place.

 What is the Local Offer | Leicestershire County Council

Meet the Team

We have made a series of short videos to introduce you to some professionals that you may meet on your SEND journey.

 Our local offer team | Leicestershire County Council

SEND support in school settings

Specialist Teaching Service

As part of the Leicestershire Graduated Offer, this service offers free support and advice to schools and families about specific areas of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). 

A child or young person doesn’t need an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) to receive their support and advice. 

  • Hearing support Team 
  • Vision support Team 
  • Autism Outreach Team 
  • Assistive Technology for Education Support Team 
  • Learning Support Team

Visit: Specialist Teaching Service | Leicestershire County Council

Supporting children with SEND
SEND support in schools

Finding the right support in school for your child.

 SEND support in schools | Leicestershire County Council

Get help with your child’s progress

Speak to us if you’re worried about your child’s progress.

 How to get help | Leicestershire County Council

Appeals and mediation
SENDIASS

You can appeal against a decision about an Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment or plan (EHCP) to the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) tribunal. There are no fees for making an appeal.

 Appeals and mediation

Short breaks

Short breaks give children with disabilities experiences that help their personal and social development. They also give you, the parent or carer a break from caring.

Support and advice is available with short breaks
Short breaks for disabled children

Childcare

How to find childcare for your child with special educational needs or a disability, and what you should check. 

Support and advice is available for childcare
SEND and childcare

How to find childcare for your child with special educational needs or a disability, and what you should check.

 SEND and childcare | Leicestershire County Council

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