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Information about COVID-19

Covid-19 / Coronavirus - SEND resources and information

We have created this page on the Local Offer 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.

We will also add any relevant updates from specific services as they become available.

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Latest COVID-19 information

For the latest information and guidance form the government see below you can also sign up here to be alerted to the latest updates –

Government website for latest updates.

For general information from Wakfield Council regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) please follow this link:

Wakefield Council Coronavirus information.

NEW!

The Government have announced 3 Covid alert levels for England.

Every area of England will be labelled as medium, high or very high.
Wakefield are labelled as being on high alert. Click on the link to find out what this means.

Shielding 

We are gathering the feelings, experiences, thoughts and reflections of family members living with a relative who is shielding or following the same guidelines during Covid-19 lockdown and post lockdown. We want to make sure your views really do matter and your experiences are included in decision making and the mainstream. This work is supported by NHS England. Information below -

Zoom meeting for feedback on shielding

Wakefield Council have guidance on getting to and from school and how to stay safe. Read it here..

Government Announcement – Actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools

Parents & Carers
We realise after watching the Prime Minister’s recent announcements parents and carers will have lots of questions about the detail of what will happen next.

We know there will be questions about which children can now attend school if parents return to work, and what a wider return to school might school look like on 1 June. Details published below provide information to schools about how to prepare which should address a number of questions.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-educational-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020/actions-for-education-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020

We know that many parents have questions around attendance and fines once schools begin to enter the phased aspect of re-opening. The Government has confirmed that parents will not be fined for non-attendance at this time, and schools and colleges will not be held to account for attendance levels. Schools and colleges should continue to inform social workers where children with a social worker do not attend.

CoVid Booklet Transitions and Back to School

Letter from Vicky Ford MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families -

Vicky Ford letter to SEND sector 2nd September 2020.pdf

Minister Ford's Open Letter to SEND sector schools opening

Parent Carer Letter June 2020

A joint ministerial letter to children and young people with SEND regarding the full return to educational settings in September 2020

Returning back to school can be a worrying and stressful time for children, young people and their families, particularly after being at home during lockdown. In this section, you will find links to resources to support you and your child.

Also check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WakeLocalOffer/.

For parents / carers / professionals

A clinical psychologist presents a short video on dealing with back to school anxiety:

https://nipinthebud.org/information-films/tips-for-returning-to-school/

Preparation tips on going back to school:

https://www.traumainformedschools.co.uk/images/preparing_your_child_for_the_return_to_school.jpg

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/returning-school-after-lockdown/tips-parents-carers-return-to-school

Back to school guide for parents of children with ASD:

https://www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/coronavirus/updates/education-and-school/back-to-school-guide.aspx

For children / young people:

A free downloadable book on being in a 'bubble' (scroll down a bit to find it):

https://e-bug.eu/eng_home.aspx?cc=eng&ss=1&t=Information+about+the+Coronavirus

Downloadable prompts for discussing feelings:

https://www.partnershipforchildren.org.uk/uploads/Files/PDFs/Resilience%20Activities/Going%20back%20to%20school.pdf

Downloadable booklet on life after lockdown: 

Booklet to support transition from Y6 to Y7:

Barnardo's Y6 Transition Guide - Stepping into Secondary School

The Children's Commissioner has produced a back to school guide:

Back To School Guide

If you have any further questions or ideas use the contact button to get in touch with us.

0-19 Services

📌 Do you have a child between the ages of 0-19?

📣 If so there are a few changes that have been made to the 0-19 service which includes..

⭐Health visiting
⭐Schools nursing
⭐The family nurse partnership program
⭐School ages (5-19) immunisations
❗Does not include any contact provided by your midwife

These changes are due to the C-19 pandemic and are inline with government recommendations see below for details -

0-19 Update July 2020

Other useful updates 

Awarding qualifications in summer 2020.

SEND risk assessment guidance.

Keeping children safe online.

Temporary changes to the law on Education.

EHCP laws temporarily relaxed.

Families with disabled children.

Support and Guidance.

Online education resources for home learning 
Wakefield Families newsletter 

In order to reduce the spread of Coronavirus/Covid-19 many SEND support services are suspending face-to-face meetings and are instead asking people to phone or e-mail instead. We are doing this in Wakefield so going forward please use the email or phone line for WESAIL – WESAIL@barnardos.org.uk or 07961 897036 – if no one answer your call we suggest sending an email rather than leaving a voice message. You can also find lots of useful information, ideas and resources on our facebook page WESAIL Facebook

You can also find information and support on facebook at Wakefield Parent Carer Forum

Local Support

 CAMHs 

Wakefield CAMHS has recently increased and expanded the offer of crisis support to children, young people and families.

The team now operate seven days a week delivering services between 9 am -8.00 p.m. every day. The REACH team will continue to operate between the hours of 9 am and 8.00 pm, seven days a week.

The team can be contacted through Single Point of Access (SPA) Wakefield on 01977 735865.

Community Hubs

Community Hubs have been established to provide residents of Wakefield with the help they may need during COVID 19 and social isolation guidance.

The Community Hub offers guidance in relation to how to access help at this time, including help to access food parcels, and signposting to other relevant services

They have volunteers, a range of support to help vulnerable people and are working with the Council to support communities during this crisis.

Hubs can be contacted directly or support can be coordinated through the Council’s contact center on 0345 8 506 506 and selecting option 3.

List of community hubs and contact details

Support for children and young people

The below site provides children and young people with information and places of support during and after the lockdown eases. Moving forward there will be a one to one chat option for children and young people to access which will assist them to access activities in the Wakefield District

www.wf-i-can.co.uk

Mental Health Support Line
This free 24/7 helpline provides mental health support for anyone registered with a GP in Kirklees, Calderdale, Wakefield and Barnsley.
FREEPHONE 0800 183 0558

Wakefield’s Check in and Chat Service
This is a newly formed support resource and a safety net to help with heightened anxiety where you can share your feelings if needed during Covid-19. You can directly refer yourself for a chat by completing a referral form here.

Children and young people with SEND

 Below are some resources that have been collated from various sources and that you may find useful for discussing coronavirus with children and young people with SEND.

National Autistic Society have guidance and a helpline for parents and young people.

Mencap have an easy read guide to explain the Coronavirus.

Place2Be have a guide to help parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing.

Young Minds have a blog post about talking to your child about Coronavirus and tips to support family wellbeing.

Carers UK have guidance for carers.

Covibook is an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under.  It encourages children to explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic.

Amaze have an information pack for parents.

Minister Ford's open letter to the SEND sector PDF.

Supporting Children and Families through unexpected times - COVID-19

Booklet from Education Psychology Advice for parents booklet.docx

Complex Needs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 Below are various sources of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Parents FAQs - Issue 1.docx

Parents FAQs - Issue 2.PDF

Watch this video from Inclusion North about changes to our lives during the pandemic:


Video playlists

Here are two video playlists about the COVID-19 (or coronavirus) pandemic.

Watch the playlist for carers (family, professionals, services, advocates and friends) of people with disabilities here.

Watch the playlist for people with disabilities here.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can be found at this link here.

Also take a look at this FAQ for Disabled Children: FAQs - Covid-19 - Disabled Children Issue PDF.

NHS England have information and advice for parents and young people where is it all feeling overwhelming right now -

https://www.england.nhs.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-youre-a-young-person-and-its-all-getting-too-much/

CoVid Guidance for parents supporting children with loss and bereavement

Mental Health Support Line
This free 24/7 helpline provides mental health support for anyone registered with a GP in Kirklees, Calderdale, Wakefield and Barnsley.
FREEPHONE 0800 183 0558

Structure and Routines

Learning

Children and Young People with Autism

Sensory and Physical

Below are some resources that have been collated from various sources that you may find useful for sensory and phyiscal needs.

tool-41-Strategies-to-address-need File 3.PDF

tool-42-Sensory-profile File 4.PDF

tool-44-Environment-checklist File 5.PDF

Homemade Rubbery Goop Recipe File 6.docx

Keep Calm File 7.pub



Anxiety

Coping with the loss of someone

Wakefield and Distrcit Bereavement Support Service.

This is a new service being delivered by The Prince Of Wales Hospice. It is for any adult in the Wakefield District. Call 01977 781452 or visit their website here for more information. 

West Yorkshire and Humberside HCP

This service provides practical and emotional support 7 days a week between 8am and 8pm. call 0800 1963833 or visit their website here.



Last reviewed: 02/07/2020