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

Survey

Two Covid-19 Research Projects Looking For Families To Take Part

By Sarah Jones | 25 August 2020

Two organisations are looking for your opinions about support during lockdown. The National Children’s Bureau are looking for families, including those with a disabled child, to give their opinion about the government’s support for children and families during the pandemic in order to influence future policy making. It involves monthly […]

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Welsh Government Seeks Your Views On How Wales Should Develop Post-Covid

By Sarah Jones | 22 July 2020

The Welsh Government has launched a national conversation with the people of Wales on how it “should support future post-Covid recovery and reconstruction in Wales”. Although there is no restriction on the issues that can be tackled, parents of disabled children and young people may well have views on subjects […]

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‘Vulnerable’ Does Not Mean ‘at Risk of Harm’

By Sarah Jones | 13 May 2020

Since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, we have heard people who are more likely to be ‘at risk’ by the pandemic being described by the Government as ‘vulnerable’. However, as the word has been applied to many different groups of people there is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding […]

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Guidance for Councils and Care Providers During the Coronavirus Crisis

By Sarah Jones | 7 May 2020

Back in March, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) suspended all casework activity that demands information from, or action by, local authorities and care providers. The LGSCO has now issued guidance for councils and care providers regarding good administrative practice and handling complaints during the Coronavirus crisis. Michael […]

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Face Mask Update From CIC

By Sarah Jones | 1 May 2020

“Hi Everyone, I hope you are all well and still coping with the lockdown! I will freely admit, it has been pretty tough at times, but we keep catching ourselves, and remind ourselves, that although this has been difficult at times, it is an amazing chance to spend time with […]

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Welsh Government Issues New Guidance

By Sarah Jones | 23 April 2020

On 21 April the Welsh Government issued new guidance on how children’s services should operate during the Covid-19 outbreak. The Welsh Government says that the guidance is intended for all those: promoting the well-being of vulnerable children, including those who already have a care and support plan safeguarding children at […]

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