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 and information 

Below is advice and guidance on Coronavirus.

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.

UK Government guidance:

Guidance on vulnerable children and young people - Guidance including those in social care, children with education health and care plans, and children in alternative provision settings. 

Guidance on changes to Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans - Guidance on updated changes to EHC plans during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Scotland Government guidance:

Guidance for unpaid carers - This Scottish Government guidance covers advice for unpaid carers, with a specific sections for young carers, grant and funding organisations, and mental health and well-being information. 

Guidance about key workers and vulnerable children - Guidance setting out the childcare and learning provision the Scottish government expect for key workers and vulnerable children during closures of school and early learning and childcare (ELC) settings.

Wales Government guidance:

Guidance on vulnerable children and young people - This Welsh Government guidance includes information about vulnerable children and safeguarding during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Discretionary Assistance Fund (DAF)The Discretionary Assistance Fund provides 2 types of grant that you do not need to pay back. This is for families living in Wales. You can read the full eligibility criteria on the DAF link. 

Northern Ireland Government guidance:

Advice on schools, colleges and universities in Northern IrelandGuidance has been developed to assist parents, schools and other educational settings including early years and youth settings across Northern Ireland in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19).

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Resources for parents and carers 

Below is a list of resources for parents and carers, including educational resources, activities, packs and websites.

BBC Bitesize - BBC's free online study support resource. 

BBC Bitesize Parents' Toolkit: SEND - BBC SEND resources, activities and support.

Learn My Way - Guidance on how to make a video call, use FaceTime, Skype, Messenger and WhatsApp. 

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

Family Fund iPad videos - We have created step-by-step videos to help set up and use your iPad.

Resources and information for children and young people 

Below is a list of resources for children and young.

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.