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 education, health 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

  • 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).


  • An open letter from the children and families minister. Read here.


  • A Joint Ministerial letter to the Disability Charities Commission. Read here.


  • A Thank You Letter from the Secretary of State for Education. Read here.


  • A Thank You Letter from the Secretary of State for Health & Social Care. Read here.


  • A joint statement from the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, the Minister for Care, and the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families

Supporting disabled people through the coronavirus outbreak. Read here.


  • Full guidance on staying at home and away from others

The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives. Read here.


  • Coronavirus: guidance on vulnerable children and young people. 

Questions and answers about the provisions being made for vulnerable children and young people. Read here.


  • Coronavirus: safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers. 

Advice for education settings focused on how they can prioritise the safety of vulnerable children and watch for signs that a child might be at risk. Read here.


  • Coronavirus: travel guidance for educational settings.

This guidance is for students, staff and children in the education sector planning to travel in the UK or overseas, and for those who are already overseas. Read here.


  • Coronavirus: free school meals guidance for schools.

This guidance explains what schools should do to make sure eligible pupils have continued access to free school meals. Read here.


  • Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers

Information for parents and carers about the closure of schools and other educational settings following the outbreak of coronavirus. Read here.


  • Coronavirus: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection. Read here.


  • Coronavirus: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable. Read here.

Shielding from coronavirus GP letter easy read. Read here.

Shielding from coronavirus Trusts easy read. Read here.


  • Coronavirus: school closures

What schools will need to do during the coronavirus outbreak. Read here.


  • Coronavirus: early years and childcare closures

Guidance for local authorities, early years settings and childminders about childcare provision following the outbreak of coronavirus. Read here.


  • Coronavirus: maintaining educational provision

Guidance about maintaining educational provision for schools, childcare providers, colleges and local authorities in England. Read here.


  • Coronavirus: cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020. Read here.


  • Coronavirus: guidance for residential care, supported living and home care

Residential care, supported living and home care in the event of a coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Read here.


  • NHS guidance for people working in healthcare. Read here.


  • Coronavirus: implementing social distancing in education and childcare settings

Guidance for education and childcare settings on how to implement social distancing. Read here.


  • Coronavirus: guidance on isolation for residential educational settings

Guidance to support management of children and young people in residential educational settings, including boarding schools, residential special schools and specialist colleges and children’s homes. Read here.


  • Coronavirus: guidance for health professionals

Information on coronavirus, including guidance on the assessment and management of suspected UK cases. Read here.


  • Coronavirus: infection prevention and control

Guidance on infection prevention and control in healthcare settings. Read here.


  • Coronavirus: action plan

What the health and social care system across the UK has done to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, and what it plans to do next. Read here.








General Information

  • Dame Christine Lenehan, Director of the Council for Disabled Children shares a message to the disabled children's sector. Read here.


  • What does the Coronavirus Act 2020 mean for children and young people with SEND? A blog from a CDC SEND practitioner. Read here.


  • The Children’s Commissioner for England has written to the Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Local Government and Communities, the Secretary of State for Education and the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions regarding the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on children and families. Read here.


  • Doctors of the World- Latest NHS guidelines translated into 34 languages. Read here.


  • Family Court Guidance- Guidance on Compliance with Family Court Child Arrangement Orders. Read here.


  • NHS England, Public Health England and Easy Read Online have produced easy read guides about how to stay safe during the coronavirus outbreak:

Advice about the coronavirus. Read here.

Self-isolation. Read here.

New rules on staying at home and away from others. Read here.

Protecting people most likely to get very poorly from the virus. Read here.


  • Photosymbols- easy read posters relating to coronavirus. Read here.


  • Learning Disability England- information and resources about the virus, what you can do to stay safe and well and how people are staying connected. Read here.


  • The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy - an informative guest blog on wellbeing whilst working from home. Read here.


  • The Centre for Mental Health- A list of information and resources relating to coronavirus. Read here.


  • National Youth Agency & UK Youth- a website which compiles and hosts as much guidance for Youth Workers and Young People during the Coronavirus pandemic. Visit here.


  • North West Training Development Team & Pathways- Easily accessible videos to explain Coronavirus

Stay at Home -

If you are ill or hurt -

People at more risk -

Using your Support -

Answering your  questions – New Words -

Your GP or Doctor - 










Families and Disabled Children & Young People

  • MIND – Coronavirus and your wellbeing. A webpage created to support your wellbeing during the outbreak. Read here.


  • Place2Be – Guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing. 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.


  • National Autistic Society- resources for autistic people and families . Read here.​


  • Children's Commissioner

A guide to help explain to children, in language they can understand, some of the issues surrounding coronavirus. Read here.

Advice, information, suggestions and resources for parents, educators and other professionals who work with children, to help during the pandemic. Read here.


  • Special Needs Jungle:

All Coronavirus articles here

Coronavirus: School, attendance and exclusions,your legal questions answered .Read here.

Coronavirus: SEND law and timescales, your questions answered. Read here.

Coronavirus: SEND law and tribunals, your questions answered. Read here.

Coronavirus and SEND law: what does my child's EHCP still provide. Read here.

Calming Coronavirus anxiety in children. Read here.

Why learning in isolation doesn’t have to be an isolating learning experience. Read here.


  • Young Minds:

Talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing. Read here.

Looking after your mental health while self-isolating. Read here.


  • Nasen- Information and FAQs about Coronavirus. Read here.


  • NSPCC- Talking to a child worried about coronavirus

The NSPCC has created a new webpage with information and advice for parents or carers who are worried a child or young person may be struggling with their mental health or has anxiety about coronavirus. The webpage includes information on: talking about feelings and worries; keeping in touch and balancing screen time; ways to create structure and routine; and helping to give children a sense of control. Read here.


  • Childline- information for children and young people worried about coronavirus. Read here.


  • Down Syndrome Association- A range of infornation and resources including: learning at home, keeping fit and healthy and fun and relaxing things to do at home. Read here.


  • National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS)- information for parents, carers and families and information for professionals to support d/Deaf children and young people during the Coronavirus outbreak. Read here.


  • Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH)- a podcast for parents and carers about supporting children and young people with autism during the Coranavirus outbreak. Listen here.


  • World Health Organisation (WHO)- the WHO has launched a messaging service with partners WhatsApp and Facebook to keep people safe from coronavirus. Read here.


  • Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families – This video provides guidance to parents and carers about how they can help children and young people manage their mental health and wellbeing during any disruption caused by the Coronavirus. Watch here.


  • UNESCO- How to talk to your children about coronavirus: Eight tips to help comfort and protect children. Read here.


  • Thinkuknow- guidance for parents and carers to support children who may be spending more time online at home while they do their school work and socialise with friends. Read here.


  • Together for Short Lives- Frequently asked questions about Coronavirus for parent carers of children and young people with complex health needs. Read here.


  • Cardiff & Vale University Health Board- Supporting Children with Learning disability/ ASD: coping with COVID-19 isolation. Read here.


  • NHS East London Foundation Trust: Supporting Neurodiverse Children In Challenging Times Such As During Self-Isolation. Watch here


  • Mencap- Information about Coronavirus including easy read resources and a makaton hand washing video. Read here.


    • Sensory Integration Education- handwashing tips for people with sensory difficulties. Read here


    • Books Beyond Words- a free wordless book about beating the virus. Read here.


    • Covibook – an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under, designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic. Read here.


    • Amaze - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the coronavirus for parent carers of children with SEND in BRIGHTON & HOVE. Read here.



    • National Autistic Society – guidance and helpline for parents, young people and staff. Read here.


    • My Own Front Door- sharing information, signposting and documenting the perspectives of disabled people, families, carers, commissioners and researchers during coronavirus. Read here.


    • Autistica- guide to coping with the anxiety and uncertainty of coronavirus. Read here.


    • HospiChill- an app developed by psychologists with relaxation games and activities for childen and young people who are in hospital. Download here.


    • CoughDrop- Cough Drop are an open-source and free AAC communication resource. They have recently published new Covid-19 vocabulary to help people who are non-verbal and those with complex communication needs talk about Coronavirus and communicate with health and care professionals. These tools can be used with a range of communication software and are designed for people with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and other complex communication needs. Read here.


    • Liverpool CAMHS- Supporting children during social distancing, a collection of resources. Read here.


    • Purple All Stars- A rap video about handwashing. Watch here.


    • BBC newsround- information about Coronavirus itself, and a range of stories connected to its impact for children and young people. Read here.


    • Electric Umbrella- 4 daily sessions to engage with including music and storytime. You can watch these sessions via Zoom or Facebook. Watch here.


    • Childhood Bereavement Network- advice on supporting grieving children during the coronavirus outbreak. Read here.


    • Emerging Minds- Supporting children and young people with worries about coronavirus. Read here.


    • Rethink Mental Illness- A variety of resources around the impact of coronavirus on mental health and wellbeing and on mental health support. Aimed at young people and adults. Read here.


    • NHS 111 – video to help people with a learning disability, autism or both to use the NHS 111 service. Watch here.


    • Student Minds- Advice on mental health and wellbeing and coronavirus, and signposting to further support. Aimed at university students and other young people. Read here.


    • Sibs- a blog for young siblings on having to stay at home during Coronavirus. Read here.


    • Ambitious About Autism- resources to help autistic persons and their families. Read here.


    Learning Resources to Support Home Schooling


    • 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 health professionals working in paediatrics and child health. 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.


    • 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


    • 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.


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


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


    • 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.