Minister outlines support for children with SEND during lockdown Vicky Ford MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families, has written a ministerial letter to families and those supporting children and young people with SEND outlining the support available with the new national restrictions now in effect in England. The Minister writes about the importance of education, and recognises that for children and young people who are extremely vulnerable “the next few weeks may be challenging and we want to reassure them that those children and young people affected will continue to receive support.” Key points covered in the letter are: The Department for Health and Social Care has published new guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people in England. Children and young people who are not clinically extremely vulnerable should continue to attend their education setting. Announcement of a new £170 million Covid Winter Grant Scheme that will be run by councils in England. Respite care can still continue to be accessed with the new national restrictions in force. The Council for Disabled Children has produced guidance on respite and short breaks. Carers of disabled people of any age who are dependent on round-the-clock care, as well as all children under the age of five, are not counted towards the limit on two people meeting outside while the new national restrictions are in force. Further information on remote education, face coverings in education settings, health services and support packages is also included. Read the letter here.