Coronavirus COVID-19

There are plenty of resources available for families about the coronavirus pandemic. This page provides an overview of some of those resources and will be updated regularly.

Updated: 5/7/21

Practical resources

Government

England

The latest government guidance and news is available here. Rules and restrictions guidance is available here. Government guidance on critical workers and vulnerable children who can access schools and educational settings in the case of future restrictions is available here. Government guidance on what all special schools and other specialist settings have to do during the coronavirus outbreak is available here (March 2021).

Wales

The latest government guidance and news is available here. Guidance for schools an settings supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged learners can be found here.

Charities

The Council for Disabled Children has a page of resources that includes an easy read guide on staying safe (based on rules as of May 11, 2020), and links that include general information on coronavirus, information for families and disabled children and young people, learning resources to support home schooling, information for health practitioners, information for social care practitioners and information for educators.

The Council for Disabled Children also publishes a resource page on how family support (social care) is affected by coronavirus, including links to guidance for the full opening of special schools and how that impacts on local authorities and short break (respite) providers, and guidance on social care services for disabled children and young people.

Contact has a page which includes links to the latest government guidance in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The National Autistic Society has a page with information, guidance and tips about coronavirus here.

Bild is offering a positive behaviour support (PBS) helpline to support families and carers of people with learning disabilities, mental health issues or autistic people with the challenges of living with coronavirus restrictions here.

A page of resources from The Challenging Behaviour Foundation, which includes advice on supporting a loved one at home, health and hygiene, going out/visiting relatives, FAQ’s about the law and other information can be accessed here.

A page of resources is available at Mencap, including an easy read guide for people going in to hospital with coronavirus, and patient’s rights when accessing healthcare.

Disability Rights UK have an extensive list of resources here.

Learning Disability England has some resources available in its news section.

The charity Working Families has published advice on financial support for families in the context of coronavirus here.

Media

Special Needs Jungle has a list of news articles on coronavirus here.

Advice and Support

Disability Law Service provides free legal advice and representation for disabled people in the areas of employment and community (social) care law. It produces online resources and factsheets, and its coronavirus page is here.

IPSEA has an update on COVID-19 and SEN provision here.

Court of Protection barristers from 39 Essex Chambers have written guidance on vaccination and adults who lack mental capacity here and on testing and mental capacity here. They have summarised the latest (updated for 17 May) lockdown regulations here.

Cerebra can provide help for families having difficulties in accessing health, social care and other services for disabled children through the LEaP Project.

Our Coronavirus Related Articles

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England: Updated Guidance for Opening of Special Schools

By Sarah Jones | 1 December 2020

The guidance for the full opening of special schools and other specialist settings was updated on 20 November. The update reflects that the temporary changes introduced by legislation earlier in the year have now ceased and covers the system of controls, residential settings, attendance, workforce, safeguarding, wraparound provision and extra-curricular […]

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Useful Resources from the Council for Disabled Children

By Sarah Jones | 1 December 2020

Amongst the many useful resources parents of disabled children can find on the Council for Disabled Children’s (CDC) website we would like to highlight three that you may find particularly useful at the moment. Firstly, they have developed a Coronavirus Support and Guidance webpage consisting of a list of helpful […]

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England: New and Updated Government Covid-19 Guidance

By Sarah Jones | 28 September 2020

Since the start of the epidemic the Government has produced a significant amount of guidance for schools, social services and the NHS. This is sometimes updated and we know that it has been difficult for many parents to keep up with all the changes and know what the government expects […]

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England: New and Updated Government Covid-19 Guidance

By Sarah Jones | 22 September 2020

Since the start of the epidemic the Government has produced a significant amount of guidance for schools, social services and the NHS. This is sometimes updated and we know that it has been difficult for many parents to keep up with all the changes and know what the government expects […]

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England: New and Updated Government Covid-19 Guidance

By Sarah Jones | 14 September 2020

Since the start of the epidemic the Government has produced a significant amount of guidance for schools, social services and the NHS. This is sometimes updated and we know that it has been difficult for many parents to keep up with all the changes and know what the government expects […]

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Letter writing

England: New and Updated Government Covid-19 Guidance

By Sarah Jones | 2 September 2020

Since the start of the epidemic the Government has produced a significant amount of guidance for schools, social services and the NHS. This is sometimes updated and we know that it has been difficult for many parents to keep up with all the changes and know what the government expects […]

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