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Support for children with special educational needs and disabilities

What are special educational needs and disabilities?

Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) refer to a large range of different conditions which may impact how easily children and young people perform at school, work or throughout society if they don't have the right support. This can include physical disabilities such as Down's Syndrome, conditions associated with neurodiversity like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism spectrum disorders. 

For more information about SEND conditions you can explore the Mencap website.

To explore the legal rights of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities view the government website.

How does Barnardo's help SEND children?

Barnardo's offers a range of services to support SEND children and their families. You can find more information about types of services we offer below, or use the search function to find services in your local area.

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We provide Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Services (SENDIASS) for children, young people aged 0-25 and their parents or carers in a range of areas across the UK. Find out if we offer support near you.