What kind of support is available for SEND

Every education provider has an obligation to support children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), as outlined in the best practice guidance (for early years, including nurseries and childminders) and mainstream core standards (for schools).

Most children with SEND can have their needs met in mainstream education settings. In partnership with schools, we want to make sure that your child can be supported, therefore schools should follow the standards below to support your child:

If you’re worried about your child’s progress you can speak with your child's:

If your child does not have a place at an education setting (early years provider, school or college), start by speaking to your health visitor.

Support from the education setting

Find out more about the support you can expect for children:

Support from the local community

Support from the Early Help service

We provide a range of services to meet the educational, social and emotional needs of children, young people and families in Kent. For example, we can offer support if:

  • you are worried about your child’s behaviour
  • you are struggling to cope
  • you are worried about your family finances
  • your child is struggling to cope with bereavement
  • your child is being bullied
  • your child refuses to go to school or college
  • you or your child want to develop new friends and have new experiences
  • you are having difficulties with family relationships.

Find out more about the early help support we can offer to families.