Christmas 2020 closing times

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Returning to School- Qs about provision for your child’s learning

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.

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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

Contact SENAC   

028 9079 5779

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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 like to support SENAC by sponsoring our Seasoned Strollers click here to donate securely

Thank you in advance

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Re-advertisement TRIBUNAL REPRESENTATIVE (Temporary Maternity Cover) 2019


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.

Click here- Tribunal Representative job details

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CONFERENCE – Impact of Trauma on Care Experienced Children

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.

Click here for booking details

Trauma poster

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Relay Team '18

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

 Donate to Relay Team


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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 

 Click here to support the Blister Sisters


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Quiz Night – we are looking for teams

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

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.


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Vacancies – Children’s Advocate & Tribunal Representative

SENAC are recruiting for the following posts:



Closing date for return of completed applications for both posts is Monday 3rd July 2017 no later than 2.00pm.

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