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.
Click the link below to visit our dedicated coronavirus page providing information, advice and support including:
The Bexley Local Offer service continues to offer information by telephone and email to parents and young people who need information regarding education, health and social care issues for children and young people aged 0-25.
Telephone: 0203 045 5677
The Bexley IASS service continues to offer advice to parents regarding Health, Social Care, SEN Support and EHC Plan issues.
Telephone: 0203 045 5976
Learning at home during the Coronavirus Pandemic:
Support for parents and carers of children with SEN
Is your SEN child struggling academically or emotionally during the COVID-19 restrictions?
If you have a child with additional needs who is struggling emotionally or academically during this pandemic we may be able to help. We are Bexley Council’s Early Intervention and Specialist Advice Service who normally provide advice and support to schools about children with additional needs.
We can now provide advice, guidance and signposting for you as parents and carers, via phone or email, on how to support your children whilst learning at home and throughout this period where schools have partial closures.
Telephone : 0203 045 3692
Email : email@example.com
9am —5pm Monday—Friday
For the full details, download the flier:
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:
Contact have a parent summery on the changes to EHC Plans and EHC Needs Assessments. For more information visit: https://contact.org.uk/news-and-blogs/temporary-change-in-the-law-for-education-health-and-care-plans/