NEWS: Appealing EA SEN decisions

Information for Parents on appealingEA SEN decisions to SENDIST  Seminar explaining how to appeal SEN decisions and explore what we can learn from parents’ experiences of using the appeal process  Tuesday 23rd November 2021  from 11am to 12.15   Speakers:  Appealing to SENDIST, key information for parents – Jennifer McNally, Tribunal representative SENAC Attending a Tribunal Hearing, what to expect … Read more…

NEWS: Invitation to TENDER-Project evaluation

The Special Educational Needs Advice Centre (SENAC) is inviting tenders for an independent evaluation of the Charity’s SEN Community Support and Information Service. For further information and Terms of Reference see attached document. Proposals should be submitted by Friday 17th of September 2021 via email to Terms of Reference CSI Project Evaluation TOR Aug … Read more…

NEWS: Have you appealed a decision of the EA?

SENAC are carrying out research into how the appeals aspect of the Special Educational Needs (SEN) legislative framework works, in practice, for parents and children We are keen to learn about parents experiences of appealing a decision of the Education Authority (EA) and how the system worked / did not work for you and your … Read more…

NEWS: Parent giving back

Stephen is a member of our Board of Directors and is also a parent that has used SENAC’s services to help him get support in school for his child. In appreciation for the support he received from SENAC Stephen has very generously set up a fundraising page in lieu of presents for his birthday To … Read more…

NEWS: Could you be SENAC’s new Chair?

CLOSING DATE: Friday 31st May 2021 @ 6pm POSITION CLOSED SENAC are seeking an exceptional candidate to be our next Chair. The Board of Directors wish to appoint someone who empathises and understands the nature and aims of the work of the Charity but crucially has the skills to effectively manage a charitable organisation and … Read more…

NEWS: ‘Walkie Talkies” support SENAC

Support the Walkie Talkies If you feel you could give even a small amount the team would be extremely grateful. By sponsoring our small team of walkers you will help change the lives of children and young people with learning difficulties and disabilities in Northern Ireland. Click here to donate securely

SEN provision in Northern Ireland – your chance to influence future provision

The Dept of Education NI are consulting on the new SEN Regulations and the SEN Code of Practice.  The SEN Regulations and The SEN Code of Practice are key to the effective delivery of the SEN system.

This is your opportunity to voice your opinion and influence the future of SEN provision

Closing date:  5pm on Tuesday 5th March 2021

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Patricia, Rosie and Eamonn are walking 9 miles in the 2019 Belfast City to raise vital funds for SENAC. Please sponsor us on our walk – you will be making a BIG difference to the lives of children with special needs, disabilities and learning difficulties and to the lives of their families. If you would … Read more…

Re-advertisement TRIBUNAL REPRESENTATIVE (Temporary Maternity Cover) 2019

CLOSED. SENAC  wish to appoint a Temporary Tribunal Representative to cover Maternity Leave for our independent SEN Tribunal Support and Representation Service. The Tribunal Representative will deliver an independent advice and representation service on SEN appeals for families appealing to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SENDIST) Temporary Post, Maternity Cover 30 hours per week. … Read more…

Advice Line 028 9079 5779

For advice about your child’s education please contact our Advice Line to speak to one of our advisers.

During the Covid-19 pandemic the Advice Line will continue to operate its usual hours from 10am to 1pm Monday Tuesday and Wednesday.

For the foreseeable future, all calls to SENAC will go through this number so for all other enquiries please also ring us on 028 9079 5779 Monday to Friday from 10am -1pm

Contact us

Graham House,
Knockbracken Healthcare Park,
Saintfield Road, Belfast BT8 8BH.

Office Enquiries: 028 9070 5654
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Office email cannot be used for advice queries, for education advice please contact our Advice Line

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Charity No. NIC101355

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