The Special Educational Needs (SEN) Team, Specialist Community disability Service (SCDS) and Brighton and Hove Inclusion Support Service (BHISS) are aware how unsettling the current situation is with the Covid-19 virus. Whilst some changes have had to be made to the ways in which we work, these teams are committed to continuing together to continue to offer high quality service to help children and young people with SEND together with their families.
The Government advice about Coronavirus (Covid 19) is that council staff must work from home if possible, to help reduce the spread of the virus. We will continue to work with schools and others to support vulnerable children and young people and children of key workers.
Read the recent government updates including:
- a letter from the Secretary of State - Gavin Williamson
- a letter from the Minister of SEND - Vicky Ford
- information about the Covid-19 recovery package for children's and young people's education
For information about the way in which our teams are currently working, you can see updates by clicking on the service's name in the menu on the left hand side of this page.
Helpful information for families
Amaze has resources for families including:
- FAQs for all parents (UK)
- FAQs parents in Brighton and Hove
- Community Help Postcard to help vulnerable SEND families during Covid-19
Public Health England have produced guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing. This includes key actions they can take to support their child or young person’s mental health and wellbeing during the pandemic such as supporting safe ways to connect with friends. It also emphasises the importance of children continuing to remain fit and active and, wherever possible, having the 60 minutes of daily physical activity recommended by the Chief Medical Officers
Reaching Families, a West Sussex charity supporting families of children with SEND, has produced a lovely 6 minute animation called Coronavirus and the new normal for children and young people. The film is designed as a tool to help parents and teachers explain the lockdown and our current circumstances – including returning to school/work, stresses at home and expressing feelings.
Hackney’s Local Offer has resources such as:
- social stories for children and young people with Autism about coronavirus
- calendar of support structure at home
- daily planner of support structure at home
The information on these pages explains how each of these teams are working during this time.