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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Information and support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and their families/carers

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General coronavirus advice and updates

Due to the current situation and the changes that are happening daily, we cannot be held responsible for the external information on this page that changes without our notice.

A Community Hub has been set up to co-ordinate the support that the Council and voluntary organisations in Wandsworth are offering.

There is a helpline for residents, especially elderly and/or vulnerable people, who need support to access medical and care services, as well as food supplies, as they may not have support networks. This is to help those most in need keep safe and healthy whilst they are self-isolating at home.

For current Council and Central Government advice and resources, visit Wandsworth Council’s coronavirus information page.

Letter from Vicky Ford MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families, 24 March 2020.

This letter includes details of the DfE Coronavirus helpline for local authorities, providers and parents to get information on the latest Government advice. The number is 0800 046 8687, and lines are open 8am-6pm (Monday –  Friday), and 10am – 4pm (Saturday and Sunday).

The Department for Education -

External links for further information

Keeping children busy at home, some ideas of where to find online activities.

GOV.UK link: Get coronavirus support as an extremely vulnerable person (23 March).

Public Health England - advice on coronavirus easy read guide

IPSEA update on COVID-19, school closures and SEN provision ( 19 March 2020)

Help for people with a learning disability, autism or both, to use NHS 111

BBC News - Your Mental Health during the Coronavirus

Advice to support you and your family's mental health and well-being

Carers UK - information for carers about Covid-19

Information for carers with advice on creating a contingency plan

Citizens Advice has produced a useful guide to dealing with the outbreak, including information about paying bills and going to work.

Young Minds - Coronavirus - Mental Health Support information

Talking to children about coronavirus, tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing

Young Minds - Advice for young people on the Coronavirus

Stressed, anxious?

Covibook -  an interactive resource to support and reassure during the coronavirus, available in different languages for children aged 7 and under

National Autistic Society - guidance for parents and young people and a social story for talking to an autistic relative about the coronavirus.

Downs Syndrome Association - stay safe easy read guide

Teen Calm's 9 Ways To Ease Lockdown For Your Autistic Child

Useful video with tips on planning and structuring your day for neuro-diverse children and young people in social isolation from East London Foundation Trust

Government advice to educational establishments during coronavirus as of 19/03/20

Guidance for schools, colleges and local authorities on maintaining educational provision Published 19 March 2020


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