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
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
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.
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.
2 year fixed term post 32 hours per week
Salary: £24943 per annum in year 1.
THIS POST IS FUNDED BY BBC CHILDREN IN NEED
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
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.
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.