We know that COVID-19 has impacted on services and as a result many specialist services have adjusted their delivery models during their recovery.
The DfE, DHSC and NHS England have worked with education and health partners, including the Royal Colleges and the Association of Educational Psychologists, Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, Association of Colleges, the National Sensory Impairment Partnership, along with the National Network of Parent Carer Forums and us at the Council for Disabled Children, to develop this guidance which sets out the expectations for the delivery of specialist support for children and young people.
What does this mean for children, young people and their families?
The guidance is clear that education settings should welcome all specialist staff and facilitate their work with children and young people.
This guidance aims to address any misconceptions around what should be delivered and to provide clarity in three broad areas:
- Ensuring full access to provision
- What safety precautions should be considered
- The importance of working with families and carers.
Full guidance is available here and to download below.