Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 5th May 2020 SEND Special

1.    SEND service changes and COVID-19 support:

Lifetime ServiceSirona care & health, Children’s Hospice South West and Jessie May are working together to meet the urgent and essential needs of the families that we care for through this challenging time.  The first priority is to ensure that children remain cared for and supported in the community wherever possible and appropriate. From 11 April, a dedicated telephone number offering 24/7 access to advice and support from a nurse with hospice/community care experience has been provided to families directly.

Speech and Language Therapy – Some regular clinical activities are paused until further notice.  This includes:

Early Years Advice Drop ins

  • Training Sessions
  • Group therapy sessions and support groups
  • All school based activities.

Telephone advice and information services:

There are now dedicated telephone advice and information services, including the following specifically for SEN and Disabled children and young people.

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Bristol and S. Glos: call 0300 125 6207 or 0300 125 6206.
  • Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy, all areas: 07917 393196
  • Specialist Community Paediatrics, Bristol and S. Glos.:  01454 865190
  • Speech and Language Therapy, Bristol and S. Glos.: 07825 016335

 These phone lines will run until further notice, and will be staffed from 9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. For health information and advice about coronavirus, please go to the NHS 111 website in the first instance.

2.    Coronavirus (COVID-19): Special Educational Needs and Disabilities update for parents

To find out about a range of service updates, click here: covid-19-special-educational-needs-and-disabilities-update-for-parents

3.    Council and CCG response to the OFSTED and CQC Reports on SEND provision in Bristol

The Council and CCG have released the details of how they plan to address the weaknesses of SEND provision for the people of Bristol, along with written evidence that their proposals have been accepted.

You can find full details, and more information at:

4.    Coronavirus (COVID-19) and related resources for SEND children and young people

Contact – Information for families with disabled childrenInformation about coronavirus and helpful resources for families with Disabled children.
Bristol Royal Hospital for Children – Easy read information about coronavirusEasy read for children and young people with disabilities of learning difficulties .
Book Island – Picture books on VimeoAward-winning Bristol based publisher of picture books
    Bristol Autism Team – Preparing for more time at home      Tips for parents of children with autism for spending more time at home
Bristol Autism Team – Tips for supporting children with autismAdvice on supporting children emotionally and practically.
Bristol Educational Psychology Service – Improving concentration at homeStep-by-step guide on improving concentration for the whole family.

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