Special Educational Needs
The term ‘Special Educational Needs’ (SEN) has a legal definition, referring to children who have learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn or access education than other children of the same age.
If your child has a special educational need, they may require extra help in a range of areas, such as reading and writing, comprehension of information, building relationships and behavioural issues. They may also have a physical or sensory need which must be addressed.
Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS)
The Children’s Education Advisory Service (CEAS) has been established specifically for Service families. It is aware of the unique circumstances of Service families and can offer information, advice and support on all aspects of a child/young person’s education within the UK and overseas. You can contact CEAS on: 01980 618244 or e-mail them at: firstname.lastname@example.org. CEAS is part of the Directorate Children and Young People; the MOD’s tri-Service lead for the delivery of statutory services for children and young people within the Armed Forces community worldwide.
Registering a Special Educational Need
A special educational need should be registered with the Service. Although it is not compulsory, it would also be beneficial to register with CEAS, so that they can liaise with your employer to ensure that your child’s needs can be met on future postings.
If your child has an additional need or disability, SSAFA (the Armed Forces charity) can help. It provides trained volunteers to help your family access practical and financial support. It also hosts a Forces Additional Needs & Disability Forum which is a support group for Armed Forces families with a family member with an additional need or disability.
Family Fund is the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people.
GOV.UK – the official government website for citizens with a comprehensive section on Money, Tax and Benefits. Visit the website to find out if you are entitled to any disability benefits.
Citizens Advice Bureau – Offer advice on many subjects, including welfare and disability benefits.
Those residing in Scotland should contact Citizens Advice Scotland.
Welfare Information Office
Your local Welfare Information Office is another excellent source of information regarding educational support agencies in your community.