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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Information and support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and their families/carers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) advice and updates Due to the current situation and the changes that are happening daily, we cannot be held responsible for information that changes without our notice. This page is being updated on a daily basis so please check back regularly. For information and updates on keeping safe, and current Council and Central Government advice and resources, visit the Bexley Council Coronavirus information page. https://www.bexley.gov.uk/services/public-health/coronavirus-information-and-support Bexley Coronavirus helpline - 020 3045 5398 - open from 8am to 8pmLondon Borough of Bexley is here to support you during the Coronavirus pandemic.Many of you will have friends, family, neighbours and other support networks to help you, but we are here if you need our help. Whether you need someone to get shopping, pick up other essentials, or to give you information, guidance and advice, please call us. We will work closely with Bexley’s brilliant voluntary sector and local volunteers to ensure you get the help you need. The Bexley Local Offer service continues to offer information by telephone and email.Email: localoffer@bexley.gov.ukTelephone: 0203 045 5677 The Bexley IASS service continues to offer information to parents and young people who need information regarding education, health and social care issues. Email: bexleyiass@bexley.gov.ukTelephone: 0203 045 5976 Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on vulnerable children and young people including those with education health and care (EHC) plans - visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people If your child is registered with the Bexley Children with Disabilities Service and you are self-isolating or diagnosed with Coronavirus, and you have concerns about caring for your child or young person with SEND while you're unwell, firstly contact your social worker or you can contact the duty teams: Telephone: 020 3045 3600 during working hours (Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm) Email: childrenwithdisabilitiesservice@bexley.gov.uk Bexley are working closely with our partners in local schools, residential schools and other education providers to understand their current situations and to plan for school and residential unit partial closures/closures as they arise. This includes planning for the needs of individual children who will not be in school and/or able to stay in their residential placement. Please contact the school directly to inquire about their offer of support if you have a vulnerable child or you are a key worker.Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those children and young people up to the age of 25 with education, health and care (EHC) plans. Frequently asked questions regarding education for parent/carers in Bexley: https://sep-bexley.org.uk/covid-19-faqs-for-parents-of-pupils-in-bexley-schools/ For Bexley school admissions information:https://sep-bexley.org.uk/covid-19-school-admissions-update/ The Department of Education - Guidance on the closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers The Department of Education have set up a dedicated helpline to answer questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19) related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:Phone: 0800 046 8687Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday) Get Coronavirus support as an extremely vulnerable personRegister if you or your child has a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to Coronavirus. For example, you’ll be able to ask for help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food. To register on-line with the government support scheme visit: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable
National Mental Health Support
The crisis in children and young people’s mental health is real and it is urgent. More children and young people than ever before are reaching out for help with their mental health.There is now more organisations available nationally for children, young people and adults offering support, advice, information and guidance.We all need a bit of help sometimes. But it can be difficult to know how, or who, to ask. We look at some ways you can ask for the help you need.
Bexley LA - SEND Newsletter
Sign up for the Bexley LA Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Newsletter! This newsletter has been relaunched and aims to provide you and your child/young person with information and updates to ensure you are aware and informed of latest news, developments and services for children & young people with SEND aged 0-25 in Bexley. We are aiming to provide you with a termly newsletter, but are of course happy to be guided by you if you feel you the frequency should be more or less often.We are keen to hear from you so please contact us about what you would like to see in this newsletter and if you know of ‘anything’ locally that is relevant to special needs and disabilities for children and young people, that other parents/carers and young people would like to hear about.Please use the email address below to provide us with feedback: localoffer@bexley.gov.ukSign up today!(Click the link, add your email, scroll down to the bottom of the long list to click the Special needs and disabilities newsletter). https://www.bexley.gov.uk/stay-informed-about-subjects-you-choose
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Information and support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and their families/carers during the coronavirus pandemic.
02 Apr
Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Information and support for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and their families/carers during the coronavirus pandemic. Please click the link below to visit our dedicated coronavirus page providing information, advice and support including easy read guides. http://www.bexleylocaloffer.uk/Services/5778 The Bexley Local Offer service continues to offer information by telephone and email. Email: localoffer@bexley.gov.uk Telephone: 0203 045 5677 The Bexley IASS service continues to offer information to parents and young people who need information regarding education, health and social care issues. Email: bexleyiass@bexley.gov.uk Telephone: 0203 045 5976 Bexley Coronavirus helpline - 020 3045 5398 The helpline will be open from 8am to 8pm. London Borough of Bexley is here to support you during the Coronavirus pandemic. Many of you will have friends, family, neighbours and other support networks to help you, but we are here if you need our help. Whether you need someone to get shopping, pick up other essentials, or to give you information, guidance and advice, please call us. We will work closely with Bexley’s brilliant voluntary sector and local volunteers to ensure you get the help you need. Bexley SEND Education/Schools Service update message- Dear parent/carer, As you will be fully aware, the government has issued guidance on what we all need to do and can do to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 Virus. The government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. It is important to underline that schools, all childcare settings (including early years settings, childminders and providers of childcare for school-age children), colleges and other educational establishments, remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society. Schools and all childcare providers are therefore being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable, and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home. Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans. Please do contact your child’s school in the first instance to enquire about the school’s offer and opening times. The Local Authority is working closely with all schools and partners to ensure children and young people with EHC Plans, children who are vulnerable and have a social worker, and of course children of key workers are receiving education and can access/attend their school. This applies if you as the parent/carer chose to send your child to school from next week onwards or require childcare in as your work is classed as critical to the Covid-19 response. You will appreciate that this is a testing and difficult time for each and everybody in the community. Schools are working very hard to ensure they can meet needs of the most vulnerable children and young people, whilst also dealing with and managing staff absences and keeping their staff (and their own families) as well and safe as possible. We appreciate that this is a time of uncertainty and worry for you and your family, but please be reassured that we will continue to support you the best we can. We are providing a range of advice and resources via the Local Offer website, so please do make use of this and feedback to us if there is anything missing. We would also welcome you sharing resources you will be using with your children, so that it can be shared for other parents in the community for ideas! We will keep you updated of any developments. Stay safe and well! Government education arrangments including EHC Plans, SEN Statutory Assessments and legal obligations during the coronavirus pandemic. 24th March - DfE letter from Vicky Ford MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families - please download a copy of the letter from the panel.
Travel Assistance Application Notice - March 2020
18 Mar
Travel Assistance Notice - March 2020 The travel assistance team have recently sent a letter to parents/carers for the need to re-apply for travel assistance for children falling into the criteria set out below: You are required to re-apply for travel assistance if your child/young person falls into any of the following categories: · Moving from Nursery to Reception class · Transferring from Primary to Secondary school (even if staying within the same school) · Transferring from Secondary to Sixth Form or College (even if staying within the same school) · Any young person over the age of 16 or will be 16 years old as of the 1st September 2020 · Change in circumstances/needs e.g. you have or are moving home; your child is changing School/College destination address, your child’s needs change. The travel assistance applications admissions window is open between the 2nd March and the 31st of May. Applications received before midnight on the 31st of May 2020 will be assessed and parents will be informed if travel assistance has been granted for the start of the 2020/21 academic year by the 30th of June 2020. If you have any urgent queries about the application process, please contact the Travel Assistance Commissioning Team by emailing: tact@bexley.gov.uk.
Report for parent/carer questions asked during the October 2019 SEN conference with answers from the Local Authority
16 Mar
Report for parent/carer questions asked during the October 2019 SEN conference with answers from the Local Authority Introduction In October 2019 Bexley Local Authority held its’ first Parent Conference on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The focus was on children at the SEN Support Stage of the Code of Practice. Parents and carers who attended rated the conference very highly, and the Local Authority agreed to provide written answers to parent/carer questions that were not answered due to time constraints. The questions and answers are detailed in the report available for download below: