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On this page you can find information about service changes due to the Corona virus and changed ways of working in response to government and public health instructions.
Council buildings are still closed to the public
For general queries for those self-isolating and in need of support including signposting and referring on where required contact Hackney Corona virus Helpline
Find the latest NHS health advice on Corona Virus here
Local pandemic related news and updates and Hackney Council e-newsletter sign up here.
Find Children and young people’s news and activities from Young Hackney here
Changes to the way the public accesses services for those with SEND
Ways to make contact for advice or support from SEND services and partners during the pandemic are listed below.
Partnerships contact details
HIP Parent-carer forum (forum contact details, news updates and event information)
SEND Education and training support...
SEND Health support...
SEND Social Care Support...
Work and benefits advice...
Hackney Supported Working - SEND Employment Champion (advice offer)
SEND Education and training support...
The Inclusion and Specialist Support Team have suspended visits to families, settings and schools during the current phase of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The teams include Portage, Early Support, autism support workers and Specialist Teachers for autism, SEMH (Social Emotional and Mental Health) needs, Specific Learning Difficulties such as dyslexia, Medical Needs, Complex Needs, Visual Impairment and those who are Deaf or Partially Hearing. Team members continue to offer advice, support and learning resources remotely and will do their best to answer individual queries. For further information please contact:
To direct your call to the right team member if direct contact cannot be made or to arrange a call back.
Quita - Team Lead Inclusion and Specialist Support
020 8820 7233 (work)
Early Year queries for those not in nursery with SEND
Fiona - Portage Team
020 8820 7588 (work)
07798882624 (work mobile)
Early Years – Early Support queries for those aged up to 5 years of age
Dianne - Early Support Team
020 8820 7291 (work)
07900836505 (work mobile)
Queries relating to learners with the following related needs; autism / SEMH Social Emotional and Mental Health / Specific Learning Difficulties / Medical Needs / Complex Needs
Suki - Specialist Teacher
020 8820 7144 (Work)
07825230622 (work mobile)
Chris - Specialist Teacher
020 8820 7705 (work)
07766922944 (work mobile)
Robert- Autism Spectrum Condition - Family Support worker
020 8820 7449 (work)
Queries relating to those with sensory impairment
Melanie - Visual Impairment Team
020 8820 7620 (work)
07799656556 (work mobile)
Tom - Deaf and Partially Hearing Team
020 8820 7202 (work)
07392 120212 (work mobile)
Educational Psychology Service - Telephone Parent Advice Line
If you would like support and advice, we are offering an opportunity for you to talk about your child/children with an educational psychologist for up to 30 minutes on our phone line.
We can help by talking through your concerns, making suggestions for practical activities, sending resources, signposting to other services, answering questions and generally helping you to think about ways to support your child/children across a wide range of areas. This service is open to all families living in Hackney.
We can give you advice about:
- behaviour at home
- learning at home
- meeting your child’s special educational needs
- anxiety, well-being and mental health
- putting routines in place while your child is learning at home
- explaining the Corona virus and how to keep safe
Parents can call the Educational Psychology Service for advice on the following times:
- Wednesday mornings 10am - 12:30pm
- Wednesday afternoons 2pm – 4.30pm
Phone: 020 8820 7519
Schools and other services can make contact to discuss how we can support them during the crisis.
SENDIAGS have cancelled all drop-in sessions and cannot attend school meetings. Information, advice and guidance will be provided by phone and e-mail. If you need to talk to a member of the team please do contact us.
Phone: 07500 066 513
Web: www.hackneylocaloffer.co.uk/sendiags (advice, videos and factsheets)
Prospects careers service have suspended their drop-in services and will continue to work with young people and their parents-carers using the following contact details.
Phone: 020 8356 2664 (Prospects office)
Phone: 07769 648 664 ( SEND advisor Bryan Taylor)
Check full service entry for drop in dates, upcoming events and recorded recent webinar - Help my GCSEs have been cancelled here.
Homerton NHS teams will not be working with children/young people face to face unless the need is clinically urgent.
Specialist community services have collected examples of the support being provided to families during the pandemic. These help illustrate the ways key services are continuing to support families at this time.
The current unprecedented situation means that service provision maybe subject to change and be updated regularly to reflect this. Information on community service provision is correct on 3rd April 2020.
As lock down eases and services adapt to their new ways of working we ask that if you do come to the centre for face to face contact appointments you help us to prepare you child or young person for the new arrangements. Please read our leaflet on what will happen when you arrive and discuss this with you child.
Hackney Ark- Paediatric Community Health Services.
Reception is open to PHONE CALLS only 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday.
Please DO NOT attend Hackney Ark unless you have an appointment or other clear instruction to do so.
Contact Number: 0207 014 7004/7000/7180
Individual services details.
Health Visiting Service
Postponement of Home Visits.Routine contacts conducted by phone including; New Birth visits, 6-8 week and developmental reviews, transfer in visits. Safeguarding contacts will continue via phone.
Health visiting support for our children with additional needs during restrictions of Covid 19
Our service is continuing to provide telephone support and face to face contacts as required, this can be on the day of request (following a telephone assessment) and we can be accessed via our central hub.
Phone: 0207 683 4151/4219
Our weekly referral meetings at Hackney Ark continue with access to our key working colleagues, therapists and paediatricians, with our service linked to this.
Please contact us if we can provide advice or support at this time and we hope to resume our usual child health clinics and home visits as soon as possible.
New CAMHS Alliance website for City & Hackney is now up and running. Parents-carers and young people can view this here: https://cityandhackneycamhs.org.uk/
The website contains information about services for parents, young people, children and professionals. It has a new "Resources" tab and "Events" section.
Also newly set up is the CAMHS Alliance YouTube channel where we will be able to share videos and webinars produced by our colleagues will be shared making them accessible to all our service users and others who would find the information useful.
CAMHS Disability - Current Service
Postponement of neurodevelopmental assessments, early intervention and group work (rag rating green). Not accepting new referrals for green.
Neurodevelopmental assessments are continuing from waiting lists. Face to face components will be completed when service returns to normal.
NEW urgent (amber / red) referrals currently being accepted for children with:
- moderate to profound disabilities presenting with risk behaviours and emerging mental health presentation
- self-harm and severe self-injurious behaviour
- challenging behaviour and mental health
ASD, LD and ADHD assessments in this context are continuing.
No routine face to face consultations. All appointments conducted over the phone.
For crisis support families can call: 0208432 8020
Duty system running daily from Hackney Ark.
Contact Number: 02070147071
CAMHS have put together the following doucuments to update and help families and young people know how to manage their well-being and mental health, with support if needed, during the current government enforced lockdown.
COVID-19 resources for parents-carers CAMHS (information, resources and links)
Short leaflet that helpfully identifies sources of support for a those experiencing different levels of difficulty and includes current contact numbers for a range of eventualities.
Continuing to take referrals
All appointments phone only.
No routine face to face consultations.
For crisis families can call: 0208432 8020
Duty system running daily from Hackney Ark.
Contact number: 02070147135
Duty lines during office hours
- Specialist CAMHS: 020 3222 5600
- First Steps: 020 7014 7071
- CAMHS Disability: 020 7014 7135
- Children and Family Services – contact the named social worker/youth worker
- 24 hour all-age crisis line 020 8432 8020
Postponement of routine face to face contacts unless urgent.
If you have concerns about a child’s speech and language development then you can complete a referral form and a therapist will make contact with you over the phone.
Phone/video appointments offered where appropriate.
Website for family resources: www.gethackneytalking.co.uk
Contact number: 020 7683 4262
Hackney SaLT and Oak National Academy
The Oak National Academy is a Department for Education sponsored online portal of lessons for students, families and schools to access during Covid 19.
Over the last few weeks they have started a specialist SEND offer through a national team of teachers, Occupational Therapists and Speech and Language Therapists.
Hackney’s Speech and Language Therapy Service is part of this national team and are supporting Oak National Academy to create online sessions for parents and students with additional needs. Read more.
CCNT (Children’s Community Nursing Team)
Will see essential/urgent cases at home.
Postponement of routine home visiting.
Phone service available.
Call the office number for supply requests
Contact Number: 0207 014 7096
Children’s Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Teams at Hackney Ark
Teams continue to follow government guidance and are working remotely.
Early Years Tummy Time online session and resources made for parents during lockdown to help support early development view here.
Hackney Ark is only to be accessed when there is a specific clinical need.
Individual therapists already involved in support for individuals are contactable directly via email or work mobiles found in their e-mail signatures.
Both the Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy teams are still accepting new referrals which are being screened as usual. Referral forms (available in the download section of this page) should be forwarded directly to the relevant team on one of these e-mails:
- Children’s Occupational Therapy: huh-tr.childrensOTreferrals@nhs.net
- Children’s Physiotherapy: huh-tr.childrensPTreferrals@nhs.net
Both teams continue to complete screening phone or video calls for all patients who would normally be accepted for new referrals, including EHCP assessments with a timely turnaround.
Teams have been supporting existing our caseloads on a priority basis according to risk, completing screening calls to identify need and agree appropriate action. Recent contact updates for partners in health services are available as usual via RIO. Interventions are being offered via video call where possible and appropriate.
The teams are also exploring providing intervention to wider groups of children and families electronically and have recorded our Sensory Workshop for families and can offer this to as an ‘Electronic Version’.
The Children’s Occupational Therapy Service continue to offer home safety assessments for children who meet this criteria. These are via video or phone calls. Please detail specific risks reported by parents when making the referral.
The Occupational Therapy team's - Equipment information sheet includes details of providers who sell equipment for use at home.
Physiotherapy drop-in consultation slots will replace the drop in session for the time being. These begin again on 11th May via phone or video. Physiotherapy information flyer - consultation slots, dates and times information for parents-carers.
8:30am - 5pm - Monday to Friday
Sharon the service administrator can be contacted Monday – Friday: 02070147025
Current case load support via phone including onward referrals
Targeted Health Outreach
Current case load support via phone including onward referrals
Closed but coordinator responding to queries.
Postponement of face to face contacts at present.
There may be a small delay due to staff redeployment to support the NHS but messages and e-mails are checked throughout the day.
Contact Number for all 3 services above currently: 0207 014 7088
Open to referrals from GPs and Health Visitors.
Virtual appointments offered.
Current Service- Outpatients
All Community Paediatric clinic appointments have been cancelled until the end of May. We are re-booking appropriate new referrals/urgent follow ups as phone/video consultations.
Autism diagnosis, developmental assessments, new continence referrals and audiology will be put on hold till after the current Covid Crisis.
We will prioritise appointments for urgent referrals where discussion with a paediatrician will be able to progress the case.
Parents will be sent a letter to explain the plan for their child’s appointment.
Contact Number: 0207 014 7004
Current Service- Child Protection
The pathway for referrals remains unchanged.
We will continue to liaise with Children’s Social care about cases of concern.
Face to face medicals will be offered where there is a mark or injury that needs to be recorded,
where prosecution is expected or where the outcome of the Child Protection medical
will change the management plan from CSC
i.e. the plan for family support or CIN (Child In Need) or CP (Child Protection) plan has not already been made.
Current Service - Looked After Children
Initial and review health assessments will be offered by telephone interview.
Face to face medical only arranged if a physical exam is required to detect possible underlying problems.
Liaison will continue with Children’s Social Care and Looked After Children’s Team.
Access to Homerton Sexual Health is via telephone assessment only. People should not come to the sexual health clinics before they have been assessed over the telephone and should ring first to schedule a telephone consultation, and a member of staff will return their call.
Phone: 020 7683 4103 (single point of access)
People are encouraged to use the online testing service – SHL – by visiting www.shl.uk
Up-to-date information: www.homerton.nhs.uk/sexual-health
If you are worried that your mental health is getting worse or you are in distress, you can call the Hackney Mental Health Crisis Team.
Phone: 020 8432 8020 (24 hours a day, all year round)
Register if you have 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.
If you’re not sure whether your medical condition makes you extremely vulnerable, register anyway.
You can register yourself, or on behalf of someone else.
SEND relevant Social Care support...
The Short Breaks team are still available for queries Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm.
Phone 020 8356 6796
Short Breaks offer - COVID 19 temporary changes and increased flexibility extended
Due to the impact of COVID 19, a number of children and young people are not able to access their usual Short Breaks, either because the carer is unavailable, the Short Breaks provider has had to close/cancel their activities or because you are unable to spend your Individual Budget on your prepaid card.
We recognise that some families are now faced with the challenge of keeping their child or young person entertained and occupied during the current period of lockdown.
Due to these current exceptional circumstances we would like to offer families some alternative support to the standard Short Break offer and will be allowing families the opportunity to purchase equipment and toys such as outdoor play equipment, books, arts and craft materials, etc. We hope this measure supports families to sustain supporting the development and stimulation of their children and young people through play and creativity.
Read the full statment on this update: Short Breaks Offer - Covid 19 temporary change and update (April 20)
Please contact the team if you have any questions
Phone: 020 8356 6796
Single point of contact or ‘front door’ for children and families services.
Professionals from; Children and Families service, Police, Health and Probation work together, share information and make decisions about services for children/ young people and their families.
Phone: 020 8356 5500
Phone: 0208 356 2710 (after 5pm and at weekends and bank holidays)
We are very conscious that the outbreak of the Coronavirus may affect the ability of carers to support the borough’s disabled children in the coming weeks, which may place a strain on family resources. We are working closely with our care providers to confirm the contingency plans they have in place.
Similarly, we recognise that families using Direct Payments might not be able to pay their regular worker right now due to isolation or illness. We aim to offer flexibility around this and will work with families on a case by case basis to meet your child's individual needs.
Disabled Children's Service social workers are carrying out welfare checks with families and liaising with other services such as schools who may be offering you support.
Should you require support around the use of Direct Payments or in relation to queries or concerns about the support being provided by care agencies, please contact your social worker by phone or email.
If this is not possible contact the team so we can help think with you about the best way forward. Phone: 020 8356 6789
If you need urgent specific support or advice for you or the person that you care for, contact the Adult Social Care Information & Assessment Team by calling
Phone: 020 8356 6262
Carers First have suspended face to face sessions but will continue to provide a service via phone and email. so please do get in touch if you Get in contact via their Carers’ Hub.
Phone:0300 303 1555
If you have a Learning Disability or care for an adult with a Learning Disability and you need to talk to someone about the care and support they need call the Hackney Integrated Learning Disability Service - Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.
Helpful contact information sheet - Who can help?
Phone: 0208 356 7444
If you need to talk to outside of those times, you can call the
Out of Hours social care team - After 5pm and at weekends and bank holidays
Phone: 020 8356 2300 (after 5pm and at weekends and bank holidays)
During the Coronavirus/Covid19 crisis the role of the Hackney’s Supported Working Service - SEND Employment Champion includes providing advice on the range of Supported Internship programmes available for 16-25 year olds in Hackney with SEND who also have an Education, Health and Care Plan.
Online interactive video advice session will be offered so your questions can be answered. Further signposting will be made to providers and relevant teams where appropriate.
For more details about times and dates for these sessions please contact:
Dalal Al-jalaby - Hackney’s Supported Working Service - SEND Employment Champion: Dalal.firstname.lastname@example.org
DWP summary on current Universal Credit process.
As of Thursday 19th March 2020, and until further notice, people receiving benefits will not have to attend their Jobcentre appointments.
• All appointments for new claimants will be done by telephone. That means Initial Evidence Interviews, Claimant Commitments, Verifying Evidence Interview and Habitual Residence Tests will all by telephone intervention.
• All face-to-face conditionality meetings for Universal Credit customers will be replaced by telephone interviews. This will maintain regular contact between customers and their work coach so that momentum is not lost for those needing support. Changes to claimant commitments can be agreed over the phone and accepted by the customer on their on-line account.
• If work coaches need to contact customers, they should do so via the online journal or by phone.
• If customers need to contact us, they should do so by telephone or online
• Jobcentre is closed to all but the vulnerable cases and other related transactions, which can’t be completed through any other channel in order to receive timely payment.
For customers making a new claim, not having a Fit Note should not stop them from applying, completing the process and getting benefit paid during the outbreak of Covid-19.
Helpline for those who are socially isolating and potentially cut off from help.
The helpline number is 020 8356 3111 (8am-5pm Monday-Friday).
In the future, this will also link in to the wider offer of support the Government, NHS and local authorities will be putting in place for those being shielded.
Staff operating the helpline will take details of residents’ needs and will feed these back into statutory services and the volunteering hub to enable the Council and partners, including volunteers, to respond.
Residents who have immediate medical needs or concerns should continue to call 111 - or in an emergency 999.
Record Last Updated on: 01/07/2020