SEND schools provide education for students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). SEND often affects a child or young person’s ability to learn. Students with SEND can be more vulnerable to exploitation and bullying due to the nature of their SEND. For example, they might not understand what is happening to them is abuse, or they might be less able to speak out or access support. Like all young people, students with SEND have diverse identities and needs.
All children are entitled to Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and content must be accessible to students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Delivering RSE to students with SEND is an integral part of the toolkit. You can find out more here.
- The NSPCC have created relationship lesson plans for children who have additional and special educational needs and disabilities. The lessons are designed for use with young people aged 11-16 with moderate learning disabilities, additional learning needs and may benefit young people on the autistic spectrum.
- The NSPCC have produced produced a range of leaflets and resources to help those with additional needs have simple conversations to help keep children safe from sexual abuse.
- The Sex Education Forum has produced the following guide in partnership with Mencap and Image in Action, ‘RSE for disabled pupils and pupils with special educational needs.’