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Find the details you need for things to do with SEND.

What is SEND

Special Educational Needs (SEN) can affect a child’s:

  • Ability to learn
  • Behaviour or ability to socialise and make friends
  • Reading and writing
  • Ability to understand things
  • Concentration levels
  • Physical ability

There's lot's of legal definitions of disability, so it can be a challenge to be clear on what we're talking about. 

Hertfordshire's definition is:

“A physical and/or mental impairment that has long term and adverse effects resulting in significant impact on daily living and the child's development. We are using the term ‘mental impairment’ to cover a range of conditions including: learning disability, autism and developmental delay.”

Family Centres can provide parents with advice and help children’s development through play and learning experiences.

Further information and support we can deliver can be accessed via Hertfordshire’s Local Offer website.

What centres should do

Hertfordshire's Local Offer

The Local Offer ( is the place for professionals and families to find information, support, services and activities available for children and young people with special educational needs.

SEND service providers are required to ensure that all SEND information, advice and guidance (IAG) is hosted on the Local Offer and should not maintain alternative sources.

People can email for more information, copies of leaflets, postcards or event materials.

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