The current national situation is changing frequently and this is impacting on local situations and services.
All children are expected to stay at home if possible (with the exception of keyworkers’ children and some vulnerable children – please check with your school if you are not sure).
Many organisations have been advised to follow public health and government advice on social distancing.
On this page we have collated information related to this situation with a focus on those with SEND and hope it will be helpful for these families, children, young people and those working with them.
Please be reassured that all teams are looking at how best to help support families.
Someone will contact you from one of the usual services you use (eg. School, social care, health, CAMHS) to check how you are doing and if you need any specific help.
For information and updates on keeping safe, and current Council and Central Government advice and resources, visit Camden Council Coronavirus webpage.
The following are links/ resources to external organisations who have prepared information and advice about coronavirus for people with SEND and their parents and carers.
- Carers UK: Guidance for carers
- Mencap - Easy Read guide to coronavirus (downloadable PDF - Adobe Reader required. You can download it here)
- National Autistic Society: guidance and helpline for parents, young people and staff
- Place2Be: Guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing
- Public Health England Advice on the coronavirus for places of education: easy-read version (downloadable PDF - Adobe Reader required. You can download it here)
- Young Minds: Talking to your child about coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing
Independent Provider of Special Education Advice (IPSEA) update on COVID-19, school closures and SEN provision can be found here.
Please find an open letter to children and young people with SEND, their families and others who support them from Vicky Ford, MP for Children and Families here.
Useful downloads available on the right side of the page under Downloads.
Note: Some of these resources require Adobe Reader to open PDF files. You can download it here for free.
Please note on external links: The Council assumes no responsibility for the content of websites linked through our site. Such links should not be interpreted as endorsement by us of those linked websites.
Activities for children and families here.
Public Health England guidance for professionals