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.
- UK Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance on vulnerable children and young people
- Public Health England Advice on coronavirus for places of education: easy-read version (downloadable PDF)
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
- Mencap: Easy Read guide to coronavirus (downloadable PDF)
- Coronavirus explained using images and Makaton
- National Autistic Society: guidance and helpline for parents, young people and staff
- Podcast for parents of children with Autism, from The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) on anxiety related to Covid-19
- Down’s Syndrome Association: coronavirus. What is it? How to stay safe? Easy read guide.
- Together for short lives: coronavirus questions and answers for families with children with complex needs
- Well child – keeping children with complex needs safe
- Local support and availability of mental wellbeing services for young people during the coronavirus outbreak
- BBC News - Your Mental Health during the coronavirus: advice to support you and your family’s mental health and wellbeing
- Young Minds: Talking to your child about coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing
- Childmind – coping during Covid-19 Resources for parents.
- 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
- Merton Information for Families Facebook page: daily posts giving you low cost / no cost ideas to keep you and your children occupied when at home.
- The Council for Disabled Children Coronavirus question mailboxes: The Council for Disabled Children (CDC), at the Minister’s request, has launched two new email inboxes aimed to answer questions, collate resources and share information on Coronavirus and the impact on children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
University College London's managing the transition to home schooling: Practical guidance and suggestions designed to make the transition to school learning as smooth as possible for everyone.
Covibook: A short book to support and reassure children, under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
- What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term’. This document gives practical advice for parents around topics such as:
- Arriving and leaving school
- Mental Health
- Education Health and Care Plans
- And more