If you are a disabled child, young person, parent, carer or sibling or a professional we know you will have many worries and questions about how to manage home and working life to cope with spread of coronavirus.

We will be updating this information over the next few weeks and months. We know you might struggle to find the information you need (because there is just too much out there) so we will share helpful information and advice from other charities and organisations.

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How do I keep my family safe?

The government has released guidance on the importance of social distancing, handwashing , guidance on vulnerable children and young people and guidance on households with possible coronavirus infection

Also available to read is the latest NHS guidance, which is  available in 32 languages.

Contact have also put together a comprehensive list of information and resources including advice on welfare benefits and money during this time

I am confused about my child’s education – what will happen now?

The government has said:

“We recognise that children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND) and their parents and carers are facing numerous challenges as a result of coronavirus. We are encouraging local authorities to keep open both residential special schools and residential specialist colleges wherever possible. In addition, we want to keep the majority of day special schools and colleges open, including moving staff into these settings to avoid closure. 

Special schools, colleges and local authorities are advised to make case by case basis assessments of the health and safeguarding considerations of pupils and students on an education, health and care (EHC) plan. For some, they will be safer in an education provision. For others, they will be safer at home. We trust leaders and parents to make these decisions and will support them as required.” 

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How do I talk to my children about coronavirus?

We love this very informative but easy to follow easy read guide by Mencap.

An amazing interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under. It's designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic in various languages.

Public Health have put together this easy to follow guide on their advice on the coronavirus in places of education.

If you or your child have any concerns about the virus, Place 2 be have a great guide with helpful resources.

If your child is worried or anxious about coronavirus, Young Minds’ Parents Helpline experts have some advice on what you can do and top ten tips.

 

What about carers who support my child?

Carers UK have a very informative guide for anyone who is a carer and give some advice on infection control and working carers.

FAQ’s

Amaze have a great list of FAQ’s (specific to SEND)

Educational apps

With most children out of school, there are lots of apps and websites to help to still support their learning and development. This list has 15 suggestions for various age groups and this list is of apps that help and support children and young people with autism.

Useful videos

 

Thank you to all the charities and organisations that have put together these important resources.