The priority for KIDS is the safety of our children, young people and staff.

As lockdown measures are gradually eased, we are delighted that we are able to rebuild our services to ensure we can support more children and young people. However, we are committed to providing services only where we can do so safely.

During the period of lockdown KIDS has worked hard to ensure that all our services have the equipment, support and guidance to open and be COVID safe.  Each service will have a detailed risk assessment and this may mean that we have to adjust how we deliver or offer a reduced service over the next few months. We are planning our summer play provision across the country with reduced group sizes, our short break services are staffed and now able to spend more time out in the community and we would encourage families to talk to their KIDS short break coordinator to consider restarting their breaks with us. Our SENDIASS and Mediation and other family support  services  have been running via phone or video calls  and are now planning  limited social distanced meetings. Our nursery provision in Basingstoke and Wylde Green, our domiciliary care in Lincolnshire and our overnight respite service has been open throughout the lockdown and continue to support vulnerable children.

Behind the scenes our support service staff are all still working hard from home to ensure services can continue to provide the support we know families value.

Please contact your local service directly for more information or send us an email 

When visiting our services, we are asking families to follow advice from the Government and NHS and to inform KIDS immediately if a family member is in an at-risk group, has any symptoms or has been advised to self-isolate. Services will respond appropriately when they receive this information.

As the Government reviews the guidance we will also review the situation for our services and update you as soon as we can.

The Government’s measures:

www.gov.uk/coronavirus

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance from people not in your household (2 metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly
  • Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

 

What next?

We want to support children, young people and during this emergency which will see families at home for long periods. In partnership with families, providers and local authorities, we will seek to adapt and create services that recognize the diverse needs of disabled children and young people in these challenging times.

We understand that this is a very worrying time for everyone. We will be regularly updating social media so please follow us if you do not already:Facebook, Instagram and Twitter . You can also sign up for KIDS updates.

We will also continue to develop our resources on the website.

If you do need support please contact your normal service or your local adult or children’s services team at your local authority or NSPCC who have a 24 hour help and support line 0808 800 5000.

 

Katie Ghose, Chief Executive Officer

Katherine Shaw, National Operations Director