Latest Coronavirus information relevant for SEND families

At times of crisis, accurate information is vital. With so much Coronavirus information flying around, we want to ensure you can easily access the information you need to make the best decisions for your family

On this page, we have collated all the official Coronavirus information we know of relevance to families who have members with special educational needs and disabilities. We've included our own articles about Coronavirus and other articles from reliable sources. We will endeavour to keep this page updated as the days go by. You can help us by sending us any additional useful, official or informational articles you have seen, that are helpful for SEND families.

If you have a child with an EHCP, the official guidance is that a school will be available, but if you can safely keep your child at home, it is preferable to do so. Most of all, to you all, we hope you stay safe.

Contents of this page (clickable) updated 4/4/20

  1. SNJ posts about Coronavirus
  2. Official sources Coronavirus information
  3. Support email address from Council for Disabled Children
  4. Department for Education helpline
  5. Trustworthy Coronavirus information articles from other sources
  6. Commons Education Committee COVID19 Inquiry
  7. Letter from Emma Hardy MP about concerns over SEND legal changes
  8. SEND minister, Vicky Ford Letter

SNJ posts about Coronavirus

coronavirus and SEND law ebook

Official sources Coronavirus information

Support Email address from Council for Disabled Children

A new ‘CDC questions’ inbox, CDCquestions@ncb.org.uk, provides the opportunity to ask questions about how Coronavirus will impact on children and young people with SEND as well as other questions relating to the impact on families; the education, health, social care sectors; and the voluntary and community sector. 

Department for Education helpline

The Department for Education (DfE) helpline (see below) offers guidance for anyone with education-related questions on coronavirus – from early years up to universities, plus parents. Tel: 0800 046 8687 (open Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm), DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk 

DfE coronavirus helpline

Commons Education Committee COVID19 Inquiry

The Commons Education Select Committee has launched an inquiry into how the #Coronavirusoutbreak is affecting the education sector & children’s social care. It'll scrutinise how the Department for Education is dealing with the situation. More here:

Commons education committee inquiry

Letter from Emma Hardy MP about concerns over SEND legal changes

Letter from Emma Hardy MP

SEND minister, Vicky Ford Letter

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