In light of Coronavirus, we understand that some of our families may need to access specific help and support from organisations that provide services, advice and other help to families raising disabled or seriously ill children.

Take a look at some of the most helpful sources that we have listed below. 

Government advice and information 

Below is advice and guidance on Coronavirus.

Below is guidance on schools reopening. 

Back to School Resources

Below is a list of information and resources from a range of charities and organisations. 

Well Child Back to School Checklist - A checklist you can use to ask the school before your child returns. 

Royal College of Occupational Therapists - Tips on preparing your child to return to school.

National Deaf Children's Society - Information and support on returning to school after lockdown.  

Contact - Key information by children returning to school, including links, support and resources. 

Scope - Specific advice on returning to school, including children with SEN and EHCP's. 

Charities and Organisations

Below is a list of information from a range of charities and organisations.

General information from charities and organisations about coronavirus: 

Contact - An up to date list of advice and signposting for families with disabled children, this includes general advice, advice on benefits, how to cope at home, health needs and education.

Scope - A range of advice and information, including benefits, food, money and social care. 

Carers UK - Support and advice for carers, including answers to frequently asked questions about coronavirus. 

WellChild - Online information for parents, including guidance on how to keep your child safe.

Sibs - Information for parents and carers on helping siblings of disabled children cope with the current situation.

NSPCC - Advice for parents and carers with children and young people.

Mencap - Easy read, accessible information and support. 

Information on finances, including benefits, debt advice and budget management:

Turn2Us - Advice on benefits and coronavirus, including a Benefit Check and Grants Search.

Money Advice Service - Action plan including budgets, insurance and savings as well as information on debt. 

Carers UK - Directory of updates to the benefit system as a result of COVID-19.

WellChild - Advice surrounding the financial support available for families. 

Information and advice on mental health and wellbeing:

Mind - Advice on coronavirus and your wellbeing, including helpful information on those who have to self-isolate or are worried and anxious. 

Young Minds - Tips and advice for young people who may be struggling with their mental health.

NHS - Guidance for supporting children, young people, and yourself. 

Resources and information for children and young people 

Below is a list of resources for children and young people.

Young Scot - Information for young people, including a range of tips for dealing with anxiety, mental wellbeing and explaining coronavirus. 

Sibs - Information for siblings on how to look after themselves and their mental health while staying at home, including opportunities for peer support.

Youth Access - Information for young people on where to get support during the coronavirus outbreak. 

Visual resources

The Makaton Charity - Video showing some signs to support those in identifying symptoms of coronavirus. 

INEQE Safeguarding Group - Video explaining coronavirus for children.