Having listened to those who have contacted our advice services over the last few weeks SENAC have put together this information as a guide to help you think about what questions/points you can consider when engaging with your school or the Education Authority about support for your child(ren) when they return to school.
News & events
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During the Covid-19 pandemic the Advice line will continue to operate its usual hours
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
028 9079 5779
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 like to support SENAC by sponsoring our Seasoned Strollers click here to donate securely
Thank you in advance
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.
The successful applicant must be available to take up post in March 2019
To apply for the above post please follow the link below and download the Application Pack and return completed, signed applications to SENAC.
Closing date for return of completed applications
Monday 25th March 2019, no later than 2.00pm.
The Special Educational Needs Advice Centre (SENAC) are hosting a conference to raise awareness and understanding of the impact of trauma on care experienced children and young people.
Key note presentation by Louise Bombèr, Strategic Attachment Lead Teacher & Therapist and Eminent Author on Attachment will deliver a 90 min keynote speech: ‘The Human Bridge Towards Recovery-Settling to Learn’
EJ Havlin, Northern Ireland Director of Adoption UK: ‘Bridging the Gap: Giving Adopted Children an Equal Chance to Learn’ Adoption UK Campaign
Sheila Lavery, Author of Let’s Learn Together and Co-ordinator of TESSA Therapeutic Education and Support Services in Adoption
Tracy Adams, Education Advocate for SENAC’s ‘Every Chance to Learn’ project which advocates for educational support specifically for children and young people within the care system.
Tracy, Gavin, Claire, Big Niall and Wee Niall will be joining around 2,000 other teams in following the same route as the main Marathon Race, split into five legs. Tracy who brought the team together commented ” many of us do not run regularly so this has been a bit of a shock to the system! But we are all very motivated to help such a worthy cause. SENAC has supported so many children achieve their educational potential since 2003 and we want to help them continue their good work.”
If you would like to support the team they would really appreciate your support
Four of us have decided to do the 13k walk in the 2018 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon to raise money for this fantastic regional charity.
In the last year alone SENAC have helped over 900 families get the right support and resources in school for children with a range of special educational needs, disabilities and learning difficulties. They work tirelessly, on a limited budget, to improve the educational experience for children with Autism, dyslexia, physical and sensory difficulties, brain injury, epilepsy and rare diseases.
They receive no statutory funding and therefore rely heavily on fundraising and on the generosity of all of us. SENAC have helped so many children achieve their potential who would otherwise be on waiting lists without support.
Help them to continue their important work by donating to our team.
Please give what you can. Thank you
Would you and your friends fancy putting together a team (max 5 persons) for our quiz night? Or maybe just a few of you would like to come and join a table.
Let us know through Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us on Friday 29th September @ 7.30pm at our Annual Quiz. Raise money for a good cause whilst enjoying a night of brainteasers, facts and fun. SENAC is holding a fundraising quiz in the Ivanhoe Hotel. Prizes for the best teams, raffle and Tombola. £5 per person – bring a team or join a table .Enjoy a great night while helping us continue to support children with special educational needs so they can reach their full potential.
Bar till 11pm. Tickets on the door.
SENAC are recruiting for the following posts:
POST 1: CHILDREN’S ADVOCATE – CLOSED
POST 2: TRIBUNAL REPRESENTATIVE – CLOSED
Closing date for return of completed applications for both posts is Monday 3rd July 2017 no later than 2.00pm.
Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon 13K walk 1 May 2017
Once again Patricia and her daughter Catriona are walking 13k to help raise money for SENAC.
Every year more and more children with learning disabilities are in need of SENAC’s support and we want to continue to meet their need for additional support in school.
We are indebted to Patricia and Catriona for their incredible fundraising and energy year on year. If you would also like to support SENAC and help them reach or indeed exceed their target, please have a look at their fundraising page Patricia & Catriona where you can donate securely.