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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.

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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 8pm
https://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 and carers who have questions about special educational needs, health and social care, can contact the service by telephone and email.
The service is receiving many enquiries including the how recent DfE updates to the Children and Families Act 2014 will affect EHC Plans, EHC Needs Assessments and whether these still take place, easy read guides and posters and getting SEN Support and advice from the Early Intervention Team. If you have any questions, please contact the Bexley local offer service by:
Email: localoffer@bexley.gov.uk
Telephone:  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 many enquiries including supporting parents to understand mediation, appeals, school admissions 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.

DfE Updates published 11th May 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-nurseries

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/

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 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/

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External links for further information

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The emergency Coronavirus Act 2020 and disabled children

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HM Court Service Tribunals and Appeals

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Secretary of State for Education's notice to modify the duty relating to education, health and care (EHC) plans including EHCP needs assessments during the coronavirus outbreak.
The notice applies from 1 May 2020 to 31 May 2020.
For the full report, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/changes-to-the-law-on-education-health-and-care-needs-assessments-and-plans-due-to-coronavirus/education-health-and-care-needs-assessments-and-plans-guidance-on-temporary-legislative-changes-relating-to-coronavirus-covid-19

Contact are providing summery updates for parents and carers:
https://www.contact.org.uk/advice-and-support/covid-19/

https://contact.org.uk/news-and-blogs/temporary-change-in-the-law-for-education-health-and-care-plans/
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Please click the links below to download the different information guides including easy read guides and posters about coronavirus
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Easy listening video using photosymbols
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This flier can be downloaded from the 'Useful Downloads' panel
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