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: email@example.comTelephone: 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: firstname.lastname@example.orgTelephone: 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: email@example.com 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.firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.comSign 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
EHC Plans - What is an Education, Health and Care Plan?
The EHC plan (Education, Health and Social Care) came into force in September 2014 as part of the Children and Families Act. They have replaced 'Statements of Education'. It has joined education, health and social care services to plan services together by law - so when their children are assessed, parents will be assured they will get full provision to address their children’s needs. Not all children and young people will require and EHC Plan. There is now SEN Support in place in all schools to ensure that children who do not meet the criteria for an EHC plan, will still have the right to have their individual needs met.
School SEN Information Reports, Policies and Admissions
Every educational setting (school, college etc.) is required, by the Children and Families Act 2014, to have its own individual special educational needs (SEN) offer. There are 2 main sources of information: (2 separate documents).They are referred to as a:SEN Information Report (also called a school local offer)SEN Policy Sometimes schools use a different name for their SEN information report.School SEN OfferLocal OfferSEN information Although this can be confusing it is highly likely that an official document with SEN in the title and without policy next to it is the schools version of their SEN information report. Where can I find them?Both these documents should be available on each schools website. You can also ask the schools office to give you a printed copy of their SEN information report. What if I can’t find it?We cannot tell you exactly where to find each report because each schools website is slightly different. If you have any difficulty finding a settings 'Local Offer' or 'SEN information report' please contact the educational setting directly.