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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. The London Borough of Bexley is here to support you during the Coronavirus pandemic.For information and updates on keeping safe, and current Council and Central Government advice and resources, visit the Bexley Council Coronavirus information page or call the Bexley Coronavirus helpline - 020 3045 5398 - open from 8am to 8pmhttps://www.bexley.gov.uk/services/public-health/coronavirus-information-and-support Bexley Local Offer - dedicated Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page The local offer continues to provide information and support for parents and carers of children and young people aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) during the coronavirus pandemic. Parents, carers and young people who have questions about special educational needs, health and social care, can contact the service by telephone and email. The service is also receiving enquiries including the extension to the EHC Plan Appeals National Trial and support for young siblings of disabled children. For more information, visit the following direct links:Young Sibs – National Charity and support for carers - http://www.bexleylocaloffer.uk/Services/2435SEND National EHCP Appeals Trial Extension - http://www.bexleylocaloffer.uk/Services/2320 If you have any questions, please contact the Bexley local offer service by: Email: localoffer@bexley.gov.ukTelephone: 0203 045 5677 Bexley Information, Advice and Support Service – impartial and confidential service for parents and carers of children and young people aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The Bexley IASS service continues to offer advice to parent/carers and young people who need information regarding education, health and social care issues. Although the face to face appointments offer is temporarily suspended, you can contact the service for advice by email: bexleyiass@bexley.gov.uk or telephone: 0203 045 5976. The service is recieving enquiries including supporting parents to understand mediation, appeals and social care support during the coronavirus situation.Visit the IASS dedicated Coronavirus information page for more details including updates from the Council for Disabled Children, IPSEA and Contact.: https://www.bexleyiass.co.uk/get-informed/coronavirus-covid-19/ Education Bexley are working closely with our partners in local schools, residential schools and other education providers to understand their current situations. Supporting children and young people with SEND as schools and colleges prepare for wider opening - Updated 18 June 2020 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-send-risk-assessment-guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-send-risk-assessment-guidanceDfE Updates regarding the planned gradual re-opening of nurseries, schools and colleges: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/details-on-phased-wider-opening-of-schools-colleges-and-nurseriesFrequently asked questions regarding education for parent/carers in Bexley: https://sep-bexley.org.uk/covid-19-faqs-for-parents-of-pupils-in-bexley-schools/Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on vulnerable children and young people: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 Oxleas children and young people - Health Services update 15th April - including CAMHS, Children's Community Nursing, OT, Speech & Language, School Nursing and KOOTH.Please download the letter from the 'Useful Download' panel for more details. If your child is registered with the Bexley Children with Disabilities Service and you recieve short breaks, please refer to the useful download section for full details of the short breaks offer available during the coronavirus pandemic. If 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 Family Fund - Grant support for children with special needs and disabilitiesThe multi-million-pound settlement for Family Fund, detailed by Children and Families Minister Vicky Ford, will help low-income families with seriously ill or disabled children with the cost of equipment, goods or services - from washing machines and refrigerators to sensory and educational equipment that they might not otherwise be able to afford. The grants are typically worth £400 to £500 per family, but vary depending on need.Children and Families Minister Vicky Ford said:“Our first priority remains the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children, including those with special educational needs and disabilities. I know that these unprecedented times may put additional pressure on families, particularly those whose children have the most complex needs, and these parents deserve some extra help to look after and educate them at home.”“From computers and tablets to household items that many of us take for granted, this new funding will directly benefit tens of thousands of families, making sure parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities get the support they need at this difficult time and beyond.”The full government press release click here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/37-million-to-support-children-with-complex-needs?utm_source=cd2ccf5f-e4da-48c3-9c73-a37a60f53cd8&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=dailyFamilies can apply direct by following the link below:https://www.familyfund.org.uk/
Bexley LA - SEND Newsletter
Sign up for the Bexley LA Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Newsletter! This newsletter aims to provide parents, carers and young people with information and updates and to inform you of the latest news, developments and services for children & young people with SEND aged 0-25 in Bexley. We will be providing a termly newsletter and occasional ‘ad-hoc’ updates as and when appropriate.We are keen to hear from parents, carers and young people so please contact us about what you would like to see in this newsletter. 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 including local events, please let us know.Please use the email address 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
Disagreement Resolution, Mediation and SEND Tribunals Appeals
This page explains the routes and options available if you are unhappy with a decision made by Bexley council about your child’s special educational needs and/or disability. If you disagree with a decision about SEN Support, an assessment for an EHC Plan or the contents of the EHC Plan itself, there are a number of ways in which these could be resolved. Bexley Council is committed to involving you closely in the process of assessing your child or young person’s needs and, if appropriate, through the development and agreement of an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan. Wherever possible, the Council - and its health partners - will try and resolve issues or areas of disagreement. This will be done by meeting and talking with those involved in supporting children and young people with special education needs and disabilities.Parents, carers, children and young people are able to ask questions and raise any concerns that they may have at any point in the process. For more information, please refer to the documents and links below including videos from the court service about tribunal appeals.
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Family Fund - Grant support for children with special needs and disabilities
09 Jun
Family Fund - Grant support for children with special needs and disabilities The multi-million-pound settlement for Family Fund, detailed by Children and Families Minister Vicky Ford, will help low-income families with seriously ill or disabled children with the cost of equipment, goods or services - from washing machines and refrigerators to sensory and educational equipment that they might not otherwise be able to afford. The grants are typically worth £400 to £500 per family, but vary depending on need. Children and Families Minister Vicky Ford said: “Our first priority remains the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children, including those with special educational needs and disabilities. I know that these unprecedented times may put additional pressure on families, particularly those whose children have the most complex needs, and these parents deserve some extra help to look after and educate them at home.” “From computers and tablets to household items that many of us take for granted, this new funding will directly benefit tens of thousands of families, making sure parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities get the support they need at this difficult time and beyond.” The full government press release click here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/37-million-to-support-children-with-complex-needs?utm_source=cd2ccf5f-e4da-48c3-9c73-a37a60f53cd8&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=daily Families can apply direct by following the link below: https://www.familyfund.org.uk/
National Carers Week 8th - 14th June 2020
09 Jun
National Carers Week Carers Week takes place from 8-14 June 2020 across the UK. The theme is Making Caring Visible. Carers Week, established by Carers UK 26 years ago, is an annual awareness campaign which takes place recognise the vital contribution made by the UK’s 6.5 million carers. It is also a time of intensive local activity with hundreds of virtual events planned for carers across the UK. Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support. The campaign is brought to life by thousands of individuals and organisations who come together to provide support for carers, run activities and highlight the vital role carers play in our communities, drawing attention to just how important caring is. Carers Week 2020 This year, people across the country are continuing to face new challenges as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Many people are taking on more caring responsibilities for their relatives and friends who are disabled, ill or older and who need support. They need to be recognised for the difficulties they are experiencing, respected for all they are doing, and provided with information, support and understanding. So during Carers Week, we're coming together to help Make Caring Visible. There are 6.5 million people in the UK who are carers. They are looking after a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness or who needs extra help as they grow older. Caring's impact on all aspects of life from relationships and health to finances and work should not be underestimated, and carers are facing even more difficult circumstances this year. Whilst many feel that caring is one of the most important things they do, its challenges should not be underestimated. Caring without the right information and support can be tough. It is vitally important that we recognise the contribution carers make to their families and local communities, workplaces and society, and that they get the support they need. Twitter: @CarersWeek #carersweek Facebook: www.facebook.com/CarersWeek https://www.carersweek.org/ For more information about being a carer, carers assessments and local support, visit the Local Offer Support for Carers page: http://www.bexleylocaloffer.uk/Services/2435
Bexley Children's Specialist Services Speech and Language - Supporting parents and carers of children via Twitter
01 Jun
Bexley Children's Specialist Service - Speech and Language We assess and treat speech, language, and swallowing problems. We provide specialist advice so that children and teenagers develop communication skills, to the best of their ability. We help children and young people who have difficulties with understanding language, spoken language, speech sound, ssocial communication, a stammer, a voice problem and/or swallowing. Who do we see? Pre school children registered, or about to register with a Bexley GP School aged children attending a Bexley school Young people aged 16-19 years in full-time education in Bexley Referrals can be made by your Health Visitor, nursery staff, school teacher, a doctor or your GP. You can contact us to ask about a referral or for advice. Keep up to date with the Bexley Children's Speech & Language Service on Twitter. Twitter is a way to support young people and families through posting information and advice on a regular basis. Twitter handle: @BexleySLT Hashtag: #bexleybrightideas Contact us: Address: Acorns, Children and Young People’s Services Queen Mary’s Hospital, Frognal Place Sidcup, Kent DA14 6LT Telephone: 0203 004 0092 Email: oxl-tr.BexleySCS-SPA@nhs.net Website:http://oxleas.nhs.uk/services/service/childrens-speech-and-langua-1/