Coronavirus: Information and advice for parents/ carers of children with SEND
This page is being regularly updated with the latest information and advice for parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs or a disability (SEND) during this challenging time.
We understand you will be feeling worried about the current situation and the impact this will have on your children, family and friends. We want to reassure you that the Birmingham Inclusion team are working hard to continue our services in different ways to provide support for you and your child/ren.
Children with an Education Health and Care (EHC) Plan attending school
The advice from the government at this time is that the safest place for children, including those with an Education Health and Care (EHC) Plan, is at home. Where necessary, carers, therapists or clinicians can visit children at home to provide any essential services.
For a small number of children, headteachers have undertaken a risk assessment and, following discussion with their families, they have decided that school is the best place for them to meet their needs. We will continue to provide home to school transport for these children and will, of course, provide vehicles that allow for social distancing.
Residential special schools and other special settings are being supported to remain open, wherever possible. Visit the Government’s website for the latest information on the closure of educational settings
Education Health and Care Plans
We're working hard to keep the Education Health Care process moving and we’ll continue to review this. Assessments for an EHC plan may look different as it becomes more difficult to do our work face-to-face. We may need to do more by telephone or video calls, where possible and our decision-making panels are moving to online meetings.
We’re here to help
We are reviewing the situation daily and want to resume all services as soon as we can. In the meantime, our team are working closely with schools and families to give you our full support throughout this difficult time.
You can find details of how you can get in touch with our support services on our Contact Us page. Whether you need some advice or support for your child, tips on managing educational activities or routines or just a friendly chat, our teams are here to help.
We will be updating these pages regularly so please keep checking for the latest advice and information.
Read our Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve also put together some top tips for you and your family.
You can find more useful websites and links.
Visit our Birmingham Children’s Partnership resources web pages for information on local support, including COVID-19 early help, resilience funding and community grants.
Share your experiences
Please could you spare a few minutes to take part in a short survey by the University of Sussex. Your feedback will help researchers and Birmingham City Council to understand the experiences of families with young children across the UK during the COVID-19 restrictions, and what effect this is having on family life, emotional wellbeing and social relationships. It will also help to identify those most in need of support during this time of change and crisis.
The findings from the survey will also be reported to the Department of Education and Public Health England. Many thanks for your support.
Keep in touch
For wider information about coronavirus, read Birmingham City Council’s daily update on the city’s response to Coronavirus.
You can also follow us on Twitter: @BhamCityCouncil or Facebook: @birminghamcitycouncil