Minister Ford publishes open letter to all children and young people with SEND and their families

Vicky Ford, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, has published an open letter to all children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), their parents/carers and families, and others who support them

Following the introduction of the new national restrictions on 5th November, the letter provides advice and guidance on several issues, including school attendance, children who are clinically extremely vulnerable, remote education, face coverings in education settings, respite, health services for children and young people with SEND, and the new winter package to provide support for children and young people and their families.  

A key part of the letter to highlight is that in regards to respite and short breaks, parents and carers may:


continue to access respite care to support them in caring for their disabled children while the new national restrictions are in force, with specific provision in the new regulations allowing for both services which care for children away from home and care which is delivered in the family home.

You can read the letter and guidance for families, local authorities and short break providers on respite and short breaks under the new national restrictions, at our new family support hub: