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:
- the inclusion statement details how schools should provide inclusive education
- the mainstream core standards explains what schools must do to support children and young adults with SEND, so that they are included in all aspects of school life
If you’re worried about your child’s progress you can speak with your child's:
- key person if they are in early years
- teacher or school’s special educational needs coordinator (SENCO) if they are in school
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.
What support is available
Our video explains the support available and who you can speak to if you think your child has SEND.
Support from the education setting
Find out more about the support you can expect for children:
- aged under 5 and attending an early years setting (nursery, preschool and childminder)
- aged 5 to 16 in school
- aged 16+.
Support from the local community
- community support
- Information Advice and Support Service Kent (IASK)
- Kent Parents and Carers Together (Kent PACT)
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.