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Coronavirus (COVID-19) SEND guidance and support

We have created this page to share resources and information that may be useful to families and those working with children and young people who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

We are working with partners across Merton and London to ensure that children with SEND in Merton are supported during the coronavirus outbreak. We will add any relevant updates from specific services as they become available.

We have developed a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and answers  for parents about their child's education and support during the coronavirus outbreak 

For information for all Merton residents regarding the coronavirus outbreak, please visit Merton Council’s coronavirus page.

Government guidance


Minister’s letter to families of 24 March 2020

Download the Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families Vicky Ford open letter to the SEND sector - see downloads section on this page. This letter covers education arrangements including EHC Plans, SEN Statutory Assessments and legal obligations during the coronavirus pandemic.

Charities and other sources of information and support   

  • Carers UK: Guidance for carers around coronavirus
  • Podcast for parents of children with Autism, from The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) on anxiety related to Covid-19
  • Well child – keeping children with complex needs safe
  • Young Minds: Talking to your child about coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing
  • Mind:  Support around coronavirus for people with mental health difficulties
  • Covibook: an interactive resource to support and reassure children aged 7 and under, designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic
  • Place2Be: Guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing

Returning to school in September 2020

  • Back to school safely: The governments campaign to reassure parents and students that schools and colleges are ready for their return in September.
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