COVID-19 Support and Guidance

The situation with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is rapidly changing. We are following government advice on how to stay healthy and safe during this time. We have gathered a list of resources and guidance about coronavirus to share with parent carers, children & young people and educationhealth and social care practitioners.  This page will be kept under review and new resources added to the categories as they become available. We hope that you find this information useful.






Government Guidance

  • Government guidance: an up-to-date list of advice and guidance on coronavirus. Read here


  • Easy Read: staying alert & safe and social distancing. Here is an easy read version of the Government’s latest rules on staying alert and safe and social distancing. It is based on the Government's information from 11 May 2020. Read here.


  • Department for Education (DfE) Coronavirus Helpline. The DfE have set up a helpline offering guidance for anyone with education related questions. The number is 0800 046 8687, and lines are open 8am-6pm (Monday – Friday), and 10am – 4pm (Saturday and Sunday).









General Information


  • Council for Disabled Children - Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ - SEND support during the Coronavirus pandemic. Download our series of weekly CDC FAQs, Read here.


  • Starline - New national helpline for parents: 0330 313 9162

A free telephone helpline offering home learning advice directly from qualified teachers and parenting and education experts. Read here.


  • Keepsafe - Face covering exemption cards. 

Keepsafe have created exemption cards for children and young people who cannot wear a face mask because of special educational needs or autism. Read here.


  • Coronavirus Spotlight: What does the Coronavirus Act 2020 mean for children and young people with SEND. Read here.


  • Coronavirus Spotlight: Vulnerable Children. Read here.


  • Coronavirus Spotlight: SEND Local Support. Read here.








Families and Disabled Children & Young People

  • Royal College of Occupational Therapists - Top tips for preparing your child to return to school

The Royal College of Occupational Therapists have produced this top tips guide to help parent carers prepare their children for returning to school. Read here.


  • WellChild - WellChild are offering a Direct Response Service to try and help families get the things they need including access to food delivery service and prescription collections. Read here.


  • Contact - Coronavirus: Information for families with disabled children.

A list of information for families with disabled children. Information includes: children with health needs; coping at home; coronavirus, welfare benefits and money. Read here.


  • Disabled Children's Partnership (DCP) - A wealth of resources for families, covering a range of information, activities and condition specific advice. Read here.


  • Family Fund - A collection of links from organisations that provide services, advice and other help to families raising disabled or seriously ill children. Read here.


  • Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF) - Specific resources for the families of children, young people and adults with severe learning disabilities who display behaviours that challenge. Read here.

CBF have produced a schools re-opening resource with information relevant to children and young people with severe learning disabilities. This resource is based on government guidance for England but includes links to guidance for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Read here.


  • Council for Disabled Children - Guidance and Advice on Coronavirus: Learning Disability and Autism Focus.

This document brings together different advice from GOV.UK and the NHS. This document focuses on supporting children and young people with autism and a learning disability. Read here.


  • Bringing Us Together - Child and Adolescent Mental Health services (CAMHS) Tier 4: Family Survival Guide.

The Guide is about CAMHS Tier 4 assessment and treatment which is a range of specialist day and inpatient services for those with the highest level of need. It has been written specifically for families with children and young people under 18, who have learning disabilities, autism or both, and behaviour that challenges others who may come into contact with these services. The aim of the guide, therefore, is to try and make these services and the legislation on which they are based easier to understand and as a result help families advocate for their loved one more effectively. Read here.

Blog on CAMHS Tier 4: Family Survival Guide. Read here.


  • Limb Power - Limb Power have created online adaptive fitness sessions for children and young people with limb difference. You can watch the home workouts on Tuesday and Thursday mornings on Limb Power's Youtube channel. Watch here.


  • Internet Matters - Internet Matters have launched a new website to help to support parents, carers, and young people with additional learning needs to stay safe online. They have created this hub to offer tailored advice on how to connect safely online across a range of social platforms. Read here.


Learning Resources to Support Home Schooling


  • Department for Education: home learning resources for children and young people with SEND. Read here.


  • BBC - Parents Toolkit: SEND. SEND resources, activities and support to help you and your family during lockdown. Read here.


  • My Tutor - Homeschooling during COVID-19: How One Family is Doing It. Read here.

This guide contains plenty of helpful information such as:

- Useful tips and ideas for parents homeschooling their children during the COVID-19 lockdown.

- Written by Emma Bradley, a qualified teacher and mum of three, the blog is full of details from her personal experience – a great source of inspiration for other parents.

- Advice on a range of topics; including how to structure the day, how to give children a choice in what they do, how to give teens a sense of purpose, and how to make learning fun.


  • Point - a list of useful educational, creative and activity resources that will be helpful for families to access from home. Read here.


  • University College London- Homeschooling children with SEND: a series of information resources to help parents, carers and families support pupils with SEND at home during the period of school closures. Read here.


  • Topmarks-  educational activities and resources for all school subjects and key stages. Read here.  


  • Save the Children: webpage includes family learning activities and guidance on how to talk to children about coronavirus. Read here.







Health practitioners


  • Royal College of Nursing (RCN) clinical guidance for managing coronavirus for those across the health and social care workforce. Read here.


  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child’s Health (RCPCH)

- Guidance for clinicians about the shielding of clinically vulnerable children and young people. Read here.

- Guidance for health professionals working in paediatrics and child health. Read here.

- PIMS: the COVID-19 linked syndrome affecting children - information for families. Read here.


  • NHS England and NHS Improvement- Coronavirus FAQs document for the Learning Disability and Autism Programme. Read here.




  • NHS England update in regards to Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Autism: responding to COVID-19, 15th March 2020: first of a series of updates to share information with chief executives of mental health trusts and other mental health service providers, including the independent and third sectors, as well as regional teams and local colleagues. Read here.


  • NHS England update in regards to Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Autism: responding to COVID-19, 25th March 2020: second update. Read here.


  • NHS England- Managing capacity and demand within inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities and autism services for all ages. Published 25th March 2020. Read here.


  • NHS England guidance for providers of community services and how they can release capacity to support COVID-19 preparedness and response, inc. prioritization of services for SEND inc. therapies, community paediatrics and special school nursing- Published 20th March 2020. Read here.


  • Health Education England information for Allied Health Professionals during the coronavirus outbreak. Read here.


  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) COVID-19 advice hub. Read here.


  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence rapid guidelines and evidence reviews during COVID-19. Read here.




  • NHS England letter: supporting allied health professionals and allied health professional support workers during the COVID-19 epidemic in the UK, 19th March. Read here.


  • NHS Clinical guide for the management of remote consultations and remote working in secondary care during the coronavirus pandemic, 27th March. Read here.


  • Royal College of Psychiatrists, guidance for psychiatrists and other healthcare professionals working in mental health settings. Read here.


  • Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT): information, resources and FAQs from the RCOT to support occupational therapists throughout the evolving COVID-19 emergency. Read here.


  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapists- advice for physiotherapists on taking care of mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak. Read here.


  • Learning Disability England- Information and resources including a Coronavirus hospital passport for people to fill out which gives the information that doctors will need if admitted to hospital and struggling to breathe. Read here.










Social Care practitioners

  • Social Work England & the Principal Social Worker Network

​- Best practice guide for risk assessment and prioritising children and families’ needs (PDF)

Best practice guide for video/virtual calls/conferencing and virtual home visits (PDF)

Best practice guide for ethical response to the COVID-19 pandemic (PDF)


  • Care Act easements: guidance for local authorities.

This guidance sets out how Local Authorities can use the new Care Act easements, created under the Coronavirus Act 2020, to ensure the best possible care for people in our society during this exceptional period. Read here.


  • 39 Essex Chambers - Coronavirus Act 2020: Social care and SEND guidance note. Read here.


  • Carers UK - Coronavirus guidance for carers. Read here.


  • Social Work England- Information and advice for social workers, students, employers and course providers. Read here.


  • Local Government Association, ADASS and CPA. Social care provider resilience during covid-19: guidance for commissioners. Read here.


  • Mental Capacity Law and Policy- resources relating to coronavirus and the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Read here.


  • Community Care- Deprivation of liberty: emergency guidance due to help social workers deal with coronavirus impact. Read here.


  • Community Care- an article which highlights that: increased isolation ‘risks worsening level and severity of domestic abuse’. Read here.








Education practitioners

  • E-bug - e-Bug is a free educational resource for classroom and home use and makes learning about micro-organisms, the spread, prevention and treatment of infection fun and accessible for all teachers and students. They have produced an e-book about classroom bubbles, series of lesson plans, posters and more. Read here.


  • Be Ready- will be providing a free, online, interactive platform for secondary school teachers and pupils that will now feature curriculum content. To request a free platform sign up here. School leaders can have a look at the platform here.


  • Mentally Healthy Schools- A variety of resources that can be used to ensure pupil mental health and wellbeing is being maintained. Read here.


  • National Association of Headteachers- Coronavirus guidance for school leaders. Read here.


  • National Education Union, Association of College and School Leaders and National Association of Headteachers joint union advice on Coronavirus. Read here.


  • National Education Union- Coronavirus: what you need to know: special schools. Read here.


  • National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers- Information and advice for members. Read here.


  • Sex Education Forum- Blog on Relationships & Sex Education (RSE) and social distancing. Read here.