Somerset County Council

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)


We oversee a range of support to meet the needs of children and young people in education aged 0 to 25. Educational support is co-ordinated with other services and there are policies and ways of working that shape the services we are providing.

The provision for supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disability is based on the SEND Code of Practice 0 to 25

In Somerset this has been interpreted alongside the school funding reforms of 2013, and is described in the SEND policy for Somerset which contains local authority expectations relating to supporting children and young people with special educational needs. 

This provides information about how we use the ‘graduated approach’ to meet the special educational needs of children and young people in schools and how one level of support is built on by the next, as it becomes necessary.

Somerset Local Offer
The Local Offer website has information about services and support available locally for any children and young people with SEND aged 0 to 25.

Find out more about the Somerset Local Offer 

Education Health and Care Plan - Does my child need an EHC Plan?
There isn't an easy 'yes' or 'no' answer to this question for parents and carers. This is because this is something usually decided through the graduated approach and EHC needs assessment.

Find out more about Education Health and Care Needs Assessments and Plans on The Somerset Local Offer.

Somerset SENDIAS (Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support)
Somerset SENDIAS provides information, advice and support about Special Educational Needs and Disability for parent carers, children and young people (up to the age of 25), including Independent Support to help through the Education, Health and Care (EHC) Assessment and Plan process.

The service is free, confidential and impartial.

To find out more
Phone 01823 355578
Visit our website

Support Services for Education (SSE)
A number of SEN Advisory Support Services are provided by Support Services for Education (SSE) that are funded by either the local authority, Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) or from individual schools’ delegated funding.

For more information, please visit our website or contact us. 
Phone: 01823 348266


Contact: Children and Young People's Team
Address: Customer Contact, PO Box 618, Taunton, TA1 3WF
Phone: 0300 123 2224 (please select option 1)
Fax: 01823 321187

Opening Hours: Monday 8am to 6pm, Tuesday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm, Saturday and Sunday closed. 

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