At St Dominic School we aim to support parents and carers who may find that their child may have additional needs. We aim to help with navigating the jargon, such as SEND ~ Special Educational Needs & Disability, to what Hertfordshire can offer you - they call this their Local Offer.
Please see below to useful links in Hertfordshire and support groups via the Local Offer.
If you're new to SEND then knowing where to start finding the right support for your child can be overwhelming. Your child may have just been diagnosed with SEND, or may be in the process of being assessed. Or perhaps you've just started to notice that your child or young person is developing, behaving, or learning differently to their peers. It can be a confusing time. The Local Offer website gives you the right information at the right time to support you and your family.
From this page you can find all the different types of support that parents and carers of children and young people with SEND might be able to access, including information on support groups, mental health, parenting courses and how to access services such as SENDIASS
This page explains what the role of a SENCO is, and how parents and SENCOs can work together to achieve the best results for a pupil. It may help you to work with a parent and set out for them what to expect and how to ensure things run smoothly.
If your child is too anxious to go to school (hertfordshire.gov.uk) https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/microsites/local-offer/education-support/get-help-to-access-learning/if-your-child-is-too-anxious-to-go-to-school.aspxThis page is designed to help parents whose children’s attendance is low due to anxiety, and has advice on how to support them and where to go for help
https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/microsites/local-offer/contact-a-send-service.aspxThis page has contact details of the different SEND services, including details of Advice Line for EPs, the SLCA team, the SpLD team and others
https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/microsites/local-offer/new-to-send.aspx This page has information and advice for those whose children have just been diagnosed with SEND, or have suspected SEND.