Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
Children and young people with SEN all have learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn than most children and young people of the same age. These children and young people may need extra or different help from that given to others. Many children and young people who have SEN may also have a disability.
All children with special educational needs (SEN) or disabilities should have their needs met, whether they are in early years settings (like a nursery or a childminder), in school or in college.
When making decisions about SEN or disabilities, your local authority must:
• have regard to the views, wishes and feelings of children, their parents and young people.
• make sure that children, their parents and young people participate as fully as possible in decisions that affect them.
• provide support to children, their parents and young people so that children and young people do well educationally and can prepare properly for adulthood.
Local authorities must also involve children, their parents and young people in developing local provision and services for children with special educational needs and disabilities. This includes developing their Local Offer.