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: 6/4/21

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 due 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 (March 2021) 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

Children's art

Let’s get Artistic Together!

By Sarah Jones | 16 April 2020

It’s a very difficult and uncertain time at the moment. The Coronavirus pandemic has effected all of us in some way and the impact it has on the children and families we support has be immense. Even though things have been difficult, it’s been amazing to see how everyone has […]

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Trainers

Change in Lock Down Exercise Guidance for People With Health Conditions

By Sarah Jones | 9 April 2020

On 23 March 2020 the Prime Minister announced that all citizens were only allowed to leave where they were living for exercise once a day, which was repeated in guidance that the government published on 29 March 2020. This raised immediate concerns for supporters of people with medical conditions, mental […]

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Coronavirus protection

CIC Helps Create Protective Equipment for NHS Staff

By Sarah Jones | 8 April 2020

Hi Cerebra family! I do hope you have all been coping well during lock down. I can tell you, in my household, boundaries have been pushed and tempers frayed, but on the whole we have managed well- plenty of creative activity, laps of the garden and cuddles going on…not so […]

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Legal

We Back Campaign for Coronavirus Act Review

By Sarah Jones | 8 April 2020

The Coronavirus Act 2020 worryingly relieves local authorities in England and Wales of their duties to provide crucial care and support to disabled adults and their carers. In England the Act could mean that care and support need only be provided to prevent a violation of an individual’s basic human […]

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Legal

Coronavirus Act: an Overview for England and Wales

By Sarah Jones | 3 April 2020

By now you will probably be aware of the Coronavirus Act 2020 (The Act) and its potential impact on social care and educational services in England and Wales. The purpose of this article is to highlight some key points and to provide sources of information to keep you up to […]

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Child reading an ebook.

Changes to our Library Service

By Leigh Mulvihill | 27 March 2020

Sadly, due to the current situation we have had to suspend the book and toy library for the time-being. We will not be able to send out books or toys.  We are expecting this to be the case as long as the lockdown continues. If you currently have toys on […]

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