I think my child has special educational needs

Information about special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and where to start if you think your child has SEND.

Further SEND support for parents and carers

If you're a parent or carer, there are lots of external resources, information and support around special educational needs and disabilities, which you can access.

Groups and organisations

  • Hillingdon SENDIASS - a free, confidential and impartial support service for parents and carers, children and young people up to 25 years old, where the child or young person may have special educational needs.
  • Contact (previously known as Contact a Family) - a national charity that supports families of disabled children.
  • Hillingdon Parents Carers' Forum - a group of parents and carers of children and young people with learning difficulties, disabilities or additional needs, who aim to represent the views of parents and carers to help influence the way local services are delivered.

Programmes and workshops

  • Expert Parent Programme - maps out the current health system specifically to the needs of children and young people with special needs or disabilities (diagnosed or un-diagnosed) and enables parent/carers to better understand and navigate it.
  • Care and Support Directory (opens new window) - find parent workshops and training (both online and face-to-face), support groups, plus activities and groups for you and your child.


Page last updated: 20 Dec 2023