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Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

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.

The SEND Information, Advice and Support (SENDIAS) Service is a confidential arms length service that offers up to date, impartial advice and can support you in understanding your rights, choices and opportunities. You can contact them by phone on 01296 383754 or email

Support your child can receive

Your child may be eligible for:

  • SEN support - support given in school, like speech therapy
  • an education, health and care (EHC) plan - a plan of care for children and young people aged up to 25 who have more complex needs

If you or your child got support (a Statement of Special Educational Needs) before September 2014 this will continue until your local council converts it to an EHC plan.

Local Offer

You can find out more about the support available on our Local Offer. The Local Offer brings together a wealth of information from social care, health, education and other services about the support they offer to children and young people aged 0-25 years with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), including those who do not have an Education, Health and Care Plan, and how to access those services.

Our team

Buckinghamshire County Council Special Educational Needs (SEN) team is responsible for carrying out an Education, Health and Care Needs (EHC) assessments and issuing EHC plans where it is needed. You can contact us using our contact form

Information about the services and support available in Buckinghamshire is published on our Local Offer

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Last updated: 18 December 2018

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