Coronavirus / Covid-19 

We hope you are keeping safe and well during in this difficult and confusing time. Please see the below information and advice for children, young people and parents/carers with SEND:

 

Westminster Local Offer

Westminster LA have created this page on the SEND Local Offer to share resources and information that may be useful to families and those working with children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities.

https://fisd.westminster.gov.uk/kb5/westminster/fis/advice.page?id=9KscUP0P6q8

 

Updates from UK Government regarding SEN provision and Tribunal during Covid-19 outbreak 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-courts-and-tribunals-planning-and-preparation

 

Guidance from UK Government on mental health and wellbeing during Covid-19 outbreak

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-public-on-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-the-public-on-the-mental-health-and-wellbeing-aspects-of-coronavirus-covid-19

 

Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing during the Covid-19 outbreak

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

 

Guidance on the current situation for SEND parents from IPSEA 

https://www.ipsea.org.uk/news/ipsea-update-on-covid-19-school-closures-and-sen-provision

https://www.ipsea.org.uk/news/send-tribunal-update-for-volunteers-parents-and-carers

 

UK Gov coronavirus guidance in 35 languages

https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information/

 

Easy Read Covid-19 Guide

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/874281/COVID-19_easy_read.pdf

 

Children's guide to Coronavirus

https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/publication/childrens-guide-to-coronavirus/

Updates from the Council For Disabled Children

https://councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/news-opinion
 

Covid-19 Social Story   

https://carolgraysocialstories.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Pandemics-and-the-Coronavirus.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1-iJyvc5HS2rajWX8Aqsf3xWT6yN8tF8xi6A127T8LNlSSWSukiHbS_wY
 

Autism and the Corona Virus - 20 tips  

https://petervermeulenblog.wordpress.com/2020/03/16/autism-and-the-corona-virus-20-tips/
 

British Psychological Society  

https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/bps-highlights-importance-talking-children-about-coronavirus

 

Live Physio Sessions from Bumble Bee Physio  f

https://www.facebook.com/bumblebeephysio/?__tn__=%2CdkCH-R-R&eid=ARBSkHZ1gULRp4ThG7ry90_4QSZlQrUY6Ac-zfcbg3yEuPSTDkxNmMBqvdwi9AREkT-Sg31k1MM_BbDH&hc_ref=ARRpaHiugz-nLStMuvJo87D3u9uVnE7OjLszMBYbsxB2rBuTDlhn1J01p33VbOmdie4&fref=nf&hc_location=group

 

Organisations that can offer advice and support

Please refer to the websites for latest information on services available from the following organisations during the Covid-19 outbreak.
 

Westminster IASS - 

iass@westminster.gov.uk

Advice line 020 7641 5355

 

Make it Happen - 

Parent participation forum for parents and carers in Westminster of children and young people with learning disabilities

https://www.wppg.org.uk

 

Contact - 

Contact runs a national SEND helpline - their helpline number is 0808 808 3555

https://contact.org.uk

 

SOS SEN! - 

https://www.sossen.org.uk/

Independent Parent Special Education Advice (IPSEA)

IPSEA offers free and independent  information, advice and support to parents of children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities. 

www.ipsea.org.uk/

 

Family Fund - 

Family Fund is the UK's largest charity providing grants for disabled children and their families.

www.familyfund.org.uk/

 

Facebook group - 

For parents and carers of children and young people in residential special schools. 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/residentialspecialschoolparents/

 

Visual stories about Covid-19 and school closures