Essex County Council: Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

I think my child needs help

A guide about the first steps to take, who you can speak to and planning for the future

Help with learning

Find out about help available at nursery, school, or college

Health and wellbeing

Find out how to access the right health support for your needs

Child playing outdoors

Search for support, groups and activities

Find help in your local area including support for extra needs, as well as things to do

Young people speaking sign language

Advice for young people

Help for when you feel ready to make decisions about your support, think about jobs, where to live and plan for the future

Appeals, advice and mediation

How to give feedback, find an advocate, and disagree with SEND decisions

Financial support

Help with finances for children and young people with special educational needs

Crisis support

If you are in crisis and need help, there are teams who can help you

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