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Coronavirus - SEND information and resources...

We know that during this time when we have to stay home much more it's important to keep informed, stay active and keep learning.

Hackney Council and Public Health Corona virus free, factual, frequent updates National and local arrangements are changing often during the crisis. Make sure any information comes from a reliable source. Sign up for Hackney Council's and Public Health's updates.

Special Educational Needs and Disability updates

We aim to share relevant information and resources here for you when needed. 

Services ARE still running and advice and support is available if needed. Updated information on SEND services who work with families including current contact details and ammended ways of working can be found here: June 2020 - contacting SEND specialist teams...

Explaining things are different and re-enforcing new or changing messages can be difficult. 

This short animation from Reaching Families may help explain Coronavirus and the New Normal to some children and young people. 

Hackney's Specialist SEND teams and Special Schools want families to have helpful resources. National (and international) organisations are also providing helpful resources some of which can be found below...

If you have a good source of information relevant to families with children and young people with SEND during the current crisis please let us know so we can see if it is suitable for sharing:

Page last modified: 04/06/20

NHS - Advice for parents during corona virus

Although corona virus is infectious, for children it is rarely serious. If your child is unwell it is likely to be a non-corona virus illness, rather than corona virus itself. Government advice to stay at home where possible is important. But it can be confusing now to know what to do when a child is unwell or injured.

NHS 111, GPs and hospitals are still providing the same safe care that they have always done.

Advice for parents during corona virus from Royal College of Pediatricians and Child Health.

This guide has a traffic light system of what to do if you feel worried about your child's health. 

East London- Health Care Partners - Parent Guide - COVID-19 April 2020

Every Mind Matters - Looking after your mental health

Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. Expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing during Coronavirus (and beyond!).

NHS - Every Mind Matters website - Looking after your mental health 

Government guidance and advice Corona virus SEN and Disability...

Home learning resources...

Schools in Hackney are working with students to provide appropriate home learning activities. Schools are doing risk assessments for vulnerable children and making check in phone calls to families to see how things are going at home. 

Home learning and well-being resources are available on Hackney Learning Trust's website.

Oak National Academy are a DfE sponsored online lessons portal for schools and families. A national team of teachers, Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists have been supporting development of a specialist SEND offer for students. Hackney’s SaLT service supported the national team to develop free sessions and national resources .

Get Hackney Talking is the SaLT website with more ideas and resources for families.

BBC Bite Size - home schooling

These homeschooling lessons from BBC Bite Size have been created with teachers and other education experts. There are a mix of videos, animations, practice activities, quizzes and games. New lessons are added every weekday.

The Council for Disabled Children (CDC)

The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) – government and public health SEND guidance

The CDC work with young people, parent-carers, education, health and social care service providers and national partners.

Visit Council for Disabled Children's website for regular updates information, news and resources.

Hackney - FAQ's special educational needs - Covid-19 crisis period

Questions from parent-carers about SEN provision for children and young people. Updated when new questions are submitted and central Government departments issue new guidance.

Do you have a SEND - Covid Crisis related question?

Please e-mail SENDIAGS - service manager:

Contact - National Charity for parent-carers

Life with a disabled child brings unique challenges. Contact are a national charity working to help families feel valued, supported, confident and informed. Their website, FaceBook Groups and Helpline are all providing helpful information and advice during th pandemic

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