If you're in Northern Ireland and you're looking for help with getting your child the special educational needs support they require, there is a service for you. The Special Educational Needs Advice Centre, or SENAC, is a regional charity set up in 2003.
They provide FREE independent advice on behalf of children and young people with disabilities and special educational needs (SEN) attending schools in Northern Ireland up to the age of 19 years. SENAC offers information to parents and carers on all aspects of the statutory framework of SEN provision in Northern Ireland.
SENAC also offers an individual advocacy service for children and young people and work with parents to facilitate positive communication with schools and assist them to make more meaningful representations of their child’s needs.
- An independent and confidential telephone advice-line service, providing advice and information to parents/carers at all stages of the process for the Assessment and Statementing of Special Educational Needs.
- Written information and guidelines on the Assessment and Statementing procedures both on this website and in print on request.
- Assistance to parents in understanding policies and procedures in relation to their child.
- Information on contacting other relevant organizations.
SENAC operates an Advice Line on 028 9079 5779. Further information can be obtained from their website www.senac.co.uk