The Special Educational Needs Advice Centre (SENAC) SENAC

Contact Information

Graham House, Knockbracken Healthcare Park, Saintfield Road, Belfast , Co Down, BT8 8BH
Contact Person
Fiona O'Donnell
Telephone Number
028 9079 5779
Email Address
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Additional Information

The Special Educational Needs Advice Centre (SENAC) is a regional charity which provides confidential, independent advice and advocacy on behalf of children and young people with disabilities and special educational needs (SEN) attending schools in Northern Ireland up to the age of 19 years


ADVICE. An independent and confidential telephone Advice Line service, providing advice and information to parents, carers and professionals on getting the right support in school for children with learning difficulties and special educational needs. Advice Line 028 9079 5779 Monday - Thursday, 10am - 1pm

ADVOCACY. A children’s advocacy service providing educational advocacy for individual children and young people. SENAC can help with completing Parental Advice forms, understanding the Assessment and Statementing process, advise on the content of Individual Education Plans and Statements and when appropriate accompany parents to meetings

TRIBUNAL REPRESENTATION. Appeals advice and Tribunal Support and Representation Service. This service offers independent advice, support and representation on SEN Appeals for families and those with parental responsibility appealing to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SENDIST). If you are considering contacting us about an appeal please read the Terms of Engagement on our website

INFORMATION. We offer workshops which will be of interest to those who wish to learn how the Special Educational Needs System works and how to get support for children in school. We work with parent support groups, community organisations, schools and professionals who work with families. Workshops can be offered virtually or in person depending on circumstances and available resources. To book a workshop for your group email During the period of the Covid-19 pandemic all office enquiries will be taken through the Advice Line number :- 028 9079 5779

Available to Age Groups
0-19 yrs
Category of Services
  • Disability - Learning Disability, Autism, ADHD
  • Disability - Physical & Sensory
Areas covered
  • All of N Ireland
Method of Access (Referral)
  • Self
  • Social Worker

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