In light of the increasing risk 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. 

This page will be updated weekly as new advice and information is released. 

Government advice 

Local help

COVID-19 Mutual Aid - Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK is a group of volunteers supporting local community groups organising mutual aid. You can search for your local group and find volunteers who may be able to help.

General information about coronavirus for families with disabled children

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.

Vicky Ford's open letter - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families Vicky Ford outlines how Government plan to meet the needs of children and young people with SEND during this challenging time.

Income information, advice and support

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

StepChange - Debt advice, budget management plans and relief order support, with sections on coronavirus and your finances.

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

Understanding Universal Credit - Information about coronavirus and claiming benefits.

Information and resources for parents and carers

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

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health - A wealth of resources for parents, with links to UK-wide and country-specific guidance.

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

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

Short Breaks Scotland - Resource for parents, including online courses, virtual museums, exercise programmes, read-alongs, and websites for children and young people. 

Information, advice and support for children and young people 

Newsround - Online information for children and young people explaining coronavirus and what to do if your child is worried. 

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

Young Minds - Steps to take for young people who are feeling anxious.

INEQE Safeguarding Group - Video and online resource helping to explain to children COVID-19 in simple terms.