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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.

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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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Patricia & Catriona stride out to help SENAC

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.


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Vacancy – Children’s Advocate

Children’s Advocate – CLOSED

The Special Educational Needs Advice Centre (SENAC) wishes to appoint a Children’s Advocate to provide an independent advice and advocacy service for families of children with special educational needs and disability on the special educational needs system in Northern Ireland.

SENAC is a charity supporting over 800 children and young people and their families each year. SENAC provides independent advice, information and advocacy relating to the special educational needs system in Northern Ireland. SENAC is committed to promoting and safeguarding the rights of all children to equality of opportunity in their education.

Children’s Advocate:

2 year fixed term post                         32 hours per week

Salary: £24943 per annum in year 1.


The Children’s Advocate will:

  • Provide an advice and advocacy service for families of children with special educational needs and disability on the special educational needs system in Northern Ireland
  • Advocate for children and young people with special educational needs and disability in relation to special educational needs provision

This post will be subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure check from Access NI

Applicants will be required to demonstrate how they will effectively meet the travel requirements of the post.


Closing date for return of completed application forms is Friday 27th Jan 2017 @2.00pm

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VACANCY – Tribunal Representative – Closed

SENAC wish to appoint a Tribunal Representative to provide independent advice, support and representation on SEN Appeals for families appealing to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SENDIST).

Closing Date: Monday 7th November 2016, no later than 2.00pm.



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Noel Johnston has taken on the challenge of cycling from Belfast to Poland, he will travel 2000 km in 30 days. Noel is hoping to raise money for two charities – Hope 4 Jordan campaign and for SENAC

If you feel you would like to support either of these charities you can donate through Noelie’s GoFundMe page we would be very grateful for your support.

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Interested in joining our Management Committee?

SENAC has grown and developed since it was first set up in 2003. In the last year over 800 children and their parents received advice and advocacy from SENAC. Central to the Charity’s success and sustainability is a governance team with the necessary balance of skills and knowledge required to ensure the Charity meets its requirements as a charity, a company and an employer.

SENAC is seeking a Chair and Board members to join our current Board to continue to provide a high standard of governance to support the work of the Charity. If you feel you would have the relevant experience and skills that would be of value to the management committee we would be very pleased to hear from you.

Please click on Roles and Responsibilities for further details Roles & Responsibilities


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Golf Flyer

Are you a golfer? Come and join us at Clandeboye Golf Course on Friday 29th April 2016. For only £40 per player spend the afternoon on a champion golf course followed by a 2 course meal. Join as an individual or sign up as a team. To register go to our Donate page Golf @ Clandeboye

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Thank you to K&M Technical Ltd

We had a lovely surprise last week when K&M Technical contacted us to say they wanted to support us. We are very grateful to Lee, Stephen and the staff from K&M Technical Ltd for their very generous and unexpected donation. It keeps the whole team going when we know that the work we carry out here is appreciated and supported by caring people.

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Connect supporting SENAC

The Connect Support Group from the Dromore area are very generously raising money for SENAC in recognition of the support we have given to their parents.

“Special Educational Needs Advice Centre have been a fantastic support to many of ‘Connects’ parents in securing the right support in school for our children. We have decided this year to fundraise for SENAC – to give something back.”

A massive thank you has to go to Judith who is running in the Runher Titanic 10k on Sunday 5th October 2014

Connect are also planning to run a Quiz on the 7th November 2014, contact us if you would be interested in getting a table together or coming along on the night

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