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

Following the Government’s introduction of major new restrictions on daily life to tackle spread of Coronavirus, we have decided to pause or adjust services that we can no longer run in a safe or appropriate way. While playgrounds remain closed and the ban on  gatherings of more than two people remains in place, you will understand it is not possible to run our usual range of services for children and young people. However, we are committed to providing services where we can do so safely.

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

The current restrictions require everyone to:

Work from home if you can

Limit contact with other people

Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)

Wash your hands regularly  

www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Where we are running our services we are adapting these to ensure that we can follow these measures: for example in our playgrounds and afterschool settings we are offering  one  to one support in small groups as well as virtual groups, our SENDIASS and Mediation services are running all support via phone or video calls and our short breaks and domiciliary care services are continuing with additional measures to protect children, young people and  staff. Our nursery provision in Basingstoke and Wylde Green and our overnight respite service has been open throughout the lockdown and continues to support vulnerable children.

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

Where services are still running, 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.

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 are currently looking at how to adapt current services in light of the planned return to school for some children from 1st June.

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. Sign up for our updates here:

We will also be developing 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