I will place information here as and when it is released/sent to me. The newest information will be at the top. For general information see https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
As you may know, The Council for Disabled Children (CDC), following the Minister’s request, has launched two new email inboxes aimed to answer questions, collate resources and share information on Coronavirus and the impact on children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). They are designed to be used by professionals, practitioners, parent carers and families of children and young people with SEND.
The new ‘CDC questions’ inbox, CDCquestions@ncb.org.uk, provides the opportunity to ask questions about how Coronavirus will impact on children and young people with SEND as well as other questions relating to the impact on families; the education, health, social care sectors; and the voluntary and community sector. We will collate Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and share them with the Department for Education (DfE) and Ministers as appropriate, in order to publish an FAQs newsflash each Friday.
Since we launched the CDC Questions inbox on Monday we have received several questions and are in the process of engaging with the DfE and other sector experts to raise issues and develop responses. These will be shared in our FAQ next week along with any further questions that we receive. In the meantime please find below information from a range of sources that can support you in the meantime:
If you are a parent carer with a question about your individual circumstances you may be able to find an answer here:
Stay safe and well,
The CDC Team
Hull City Psychological service - Maintaining wellbeing of school staff The current situation is unprecedented and will be destabilising for staff, pupils and parents/carers due to disrupted routines, changes in workload and concerns around health and safety. This is likely to create heightened anxiety and stress which can impact negatively upon emotional, mental and physical health.
Why am I at home - 1 April 2020
Why am I at home? - a resource to support children in their understanding of COVID-19, including the need to stay at home -
Following the Government’s announcement yesterday the KIDS Yorkshire offices are now closed.
Our services to continue to operate with the KIDS Yorkshire team working from home.
KIDS are still here to listen and offer emotional, practical support along with information and advice.
Our calls are in the process of being redirected at this time, so we apologise if there are any problems connecting whilst this is transferred.
We hope this will be fully in place ready for your calls tomorrow.
You can continue to contact us by calling the main number on 01482 467540
or for SENDIASS please contact our advice line on 07711 765903 whilst we are away from the office. Please also follow our KIDS Hull SENDIASS Facebook page for updates.
you can also email our general enquiries mailbox at Enquiries.email@example.com.
We will respond to you as soon as we can.
Please continue to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates and check out our web page https://www.kids.org.uk/news/coronavirus-useful-information-for-parents-and-carers.
Local Authority SEND Assessment and Review Team
Management of the Statutory Education Health and Care Plan Process
Hull City Council is working with primary and secondary schools via the Learning Partnership to develop a city-wide approach to keeping children safe, supporting learning and providing access to school for children of key workers and those who are considered to be vulnerable.
While all schools in Hull will be open to children of key workers, if at all possible the advice is for children to stay at home to fight against COVID-19 at this critical point in time.
Only one parent within the family needs to be on the key worker list to access a school, which will be staffed by teachers and support staff working on a rota basis.
If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has an Educational Health and Care Plan, they can also access educational provision.
Free school meals provision for those that are eligible will also continue. For the next two weeks initially, primary school children will continue to receive meals through pick up packs at school or delivery for isolated children. This will be done by school staff and volunteers. A national voucher scheme may be introduced soon. Special schools, pupil referral units and secondary schools will be issuing vouchers for children that are eligible for free school meals, but many will cater on site for those attending school. Full details will be on each schools’ website.
Councillor Peter Clark, Hull City Council’s portfolio holder for learning, skills and safeguarding children said:
“We are working in close partnership with our schools to achieve a city wide approach to keeping children safe, supporting their learning and providing nutrition and essential supplies. Those entitled to pupil premium and therefore free school meals will be catered for even if they are not attending school as part of the priority groups.
“We absolutely value the commitment and dedication of all our school staff, and will keep working to uphold our shared values in these uncertain times.”
Parents and children not attending school can access information and learning resources via the school websites, and parents are encouraged to log in regularly.
Hull City Psychological Service
Transforming lives with Psychology “Making positive change possible”
Coronavirus and supporting wellbeing - a guidance for schools
COVID-19 guidance on vulnerable children and young people
Hull Speech and Language Team.
BrowseAloud makes this website accessible to those who require online reading support. This includes those with learning difficulties such as dyslexia, mild visual impairments and those with English as a second language.
It works by reading web pages aloud in a human-sounding voice. The user simply hovers their mouse pointer over the text to hear it read aloud.
Choosing the BrowseAloud button brings up a toolbar with a variety of options including â€“
Please take some time to familiarise yourself with this function. If you need any help please contact us at LocalOffer@hullcc.gov.uk