Parents who believe their child may have special educational needs should seek advice and guidance from their child's teacher, headteacher or school's special educational needs co-ordinator.
It may be necessary to assess a child's needs to determine whether additional special help should be made available.
Parents are involved at all stages of this process. The majority of children with special educational needs will have their needs met by their school. The local authority and schools are guided by the government's Code of Practice on the identification and assessment of special educational needs.
The Code and an accompanying guide for parents may be obtained free of charge from the Department for Education's publications centre.
For a small number of children, specialist provision is required to meet the child's needs. Ealing has a range of schools and units which cater for children with severe and moderate learning difficulties, severe speech and language difficulties, complex social communication difficulties including autistic spectrum disorder, hearing difficulties and physical difficulties.
Ealing's special educational needs policy has adopted the principle of high quality local provision with the intention that more distant provision will only be used in exceptional circumstances.