Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Parents / Carers

Special Educational Needs (SEN) is a legal term. It describes the needs of a child or young person who has a difficulty or disability which makes learning harder for them than for other children their age.

Children and young people with SEND may need extra help or support, or special provision made for them to have the same opportunities of other children of their age.


0-5 years 

You know your child better than anyone else, therefore if you have concerns about  your child, don't wait for their next routine health check - visit your GP or call your local Children’s Centre and ask to speak with a health visitor.

You can telephone the Duty Desk at: 

  • Stanlaw Abbey (Ellesmere Port) - 0151 488 8036
  • Victoria Road (Northwich) - 01606 555286


5-19 years

If your child is already in school or college talk to their teacher. Ask to speak to the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator(SENCO), who organises extra help for children with SEN.

  • Talk to the teacher or SENCO about:
  • why you think your child may have special educational needs.
  • whether your child learns at the same rate as other children their age.
  • what the school can do to help.
  • what you can do to help



Children and Young Peoples Questionnaire

The North West children and young people with SEND coproduction steering group would like to know your views as a young person about what is and isn't going well, plus what you think can be improved in your area.

Questionnaire - (Google Forms)


Useful resources:

Improving the well-being of young children with learning disabilities - Warwick University (pdf)

Emotional wellbeing for parents and carers of children with a learning disability - Cerebra

Sleep: A guide for parents - Cerebra

Top Tips for Pupils Moving on to Secondary School - Mental Health Foundation (pdf)

COVID-19 Grab and Go Guide Form - NHS (pdf)
COVID-19 Grab and Go Guide Guidance Notes - NHS (pdf)


Useful links:

LiveWell Cheshire West

CWP Adult Services and Easy Read Leaflets