Council for Disabled Children have launched 2 new mailboxes on the impact of COVID19 on children with SEND.
You can send any questions you have about the current situation here: CDCquestions@ncb.org.uk.
Resources are available here: CDCresources@ncb.org.uk.
IPSEA Update on COVID-19, school closures and SEN provision: https://www.ipsea.org.uk/news/ipsea-update-on-covid-19-school-closures-and-sen-provision
Department for Education (DfE) Coronavirus Helpline.
The DfE have set up a helpline offering guidance for anyone with education related questions. The number is 0800 046 8687, and lines are open 8am-6pm (Monday – Friday), and 10am – 4pm (Saturday and Sunday).
Frequently Asked Questions – Issue 1 SEND support during the Coronavirus pandemic (Council for Disabled Children)
Coronavirus (COVID-19): List of online education resources for home education:
These websites have been identified by some of the country’s leading educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils of all ages. They are currently being offered for free.
The list includes subject-specific resources for:
CONTACT - Important information about Covid-19 coronavirus for families with disabled children
The Department for Education and the Secretary of State have invoked the easements to the provisions of the Children and Families Act 2014 contained in the Coronavirus Act 2020.
NNPCF Statement: http://www.nnpcf.org.uk/coronavirus-act-send-easements/
EHCP Guidance on temporary legislative changes.
(Taken from a presentation given by DfE)
Data on education, health and social care in one handy tool! Explore the SEND Data Dashboard here:
Have a look at
Department for Education Information on
Guidance :Supporting children and young people with SEND as school and collages prepare for wider opening
A list of organisations providing free information for families
For a list of organisations providing free information, advice and support to children and young people with SEND and their families check out the SEND Information Organisations Group here: https://bit.ly/2TMTzDo
Exciting New Support Service for Autistic young people called Spectrum Gaming, a new and free online community for autistic young people.
Spectrum Gaming is a friendly and accepting community for autistic young people (aged 13-17) who have a shared passion for gaming. Their main focus is for autistic gamers to make some friends, play games together and have fun! The platform they use is Discord, but they also have a Roblox community and a Minecraft Server.
The group was set up by some autistic advocates who oversee the community, but all decisions are made by the young people. They run daily events and competitions on different games and have a variety of safe ways for the young people to chat with each other and develop positive relationships. In addition to having a focus on gaming, they have a YouTube channel for the young people who are interested in YouTube and offer advice to young people who would like to grow their own YouTube channels.
Here is a video which explains how they Discord server works (with added humour): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1qd5Eb_A4w&t=4s
You can find more information about Spectrum Gaming via the website http://spectrumgaming.net or just get in touch!