Responding to Covid 19 - Innovation and best practice in the education, health and care sector during the pandemic

The Council for Disabled Children is pleased to publish a series of resources with learning and good practice on how children’s health, care and education services have adapted and innovated in response to Covid-19 whilst continuing to provide high levels of care for children with SEND. 

From the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, children’s health, care and education services across the country had to adapt quickly to new circumstances and ways of working. These resources capture some of that innovation and key learning, including around practical, workforce, technological and operational changes; risks and challenges of virtual working and the steps taken to mitigate these; the impact on workforce, children and families; and examples of how and where this innovation can be extended beyond the pandemic. 

During the summer, CDC delivered two virtual events on how the sector was responding to Covid-19. These webinars included updates from NHS England and Improvement, the Department for Education, and Ofsted and CQC and supported practitioners from across the country to share challenges, innovation and good practice. The first of these was an event for Designated Medical Officers and Designated Clinical Officers, and this was followed by a second event for SEND Leads and Children’s Health Commissioners in June. 

Each resource in this Responding to Covid-19 series is based on a workshop delivered at one of these events, with examples shared by practitioners who attended the sessions.

If you would like to watch any of the webinars, you can do so on Youtube here.