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Government updates

15/01/2021

Vicky Ford, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, has written an open letter to children and young people with SEND, their families and those who support them.


09/11/2020

Vicky Ford, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, has written an open letter to children and young people with SEND, their families and those who support them.


11/08/2020

The government has published guidance on Transport to school and other places of education for autumn term 2020 for local authorities.


10/06/2020

Greg Fell, Sheffield's Director of Public Health, has issued a statement supporting the wider opening of schools from 15 June.

Cllr Abtisam Mohamed has written a letter to parents about the same topic.


30/05/2020

Vicky Ford, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, has written an open letter to the SEND sector regarding the wider opening of schools.


29/05/2020

Cllr Abtisam Mohamed has written a letter to parents about the decision to delay the wider opening of Sheffield schools until 15 June.


26/05/2020

The government has published guidance on supporting children and young people with SEND as schools and colleges prepare for wider opening.


11/05/2020

The government has said that schools should prepare to welcome back more pupils from 1 June. They have published guidance for parents and carers, actions for childcare and education settings, and guidance on implementing protective measures.


06/05/2020

Sheffield City Council has published information for families regarding temporary changes to the law relating to EHC plans.


30/04/2020

The government has made temporary changes to the law relating to EHC needs assessments and plans. You can read the guidance here.


16/04/2020

The government has published an action plan for adult social care.


08/04/2020

The NHS has published guidance on hospital visits.


30/03/2020

The government has published guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak.


29/03/2020

The government has made clear that while most people should exercise only once a day, close to home, those with health needs or disabilities can exercise more than once and outside of their local area if they need to.


25/03/2020

The government has updated the questions and answers about the school closures in relation vulnerable children and young people. This includes additional information on children with Education Health and Care (EHC) plans, and children in alternative provision settings.


24/03/2020

Vicky Ford, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, has written an open letter to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their parents, families and others who support them.


23/03/2020

The government has published an announcement that there will be no new reviews or reassessments across all benefits for three months. This includes Universal Credit, ESA, PIP and DLA. Face-to-face assessments for all sickness and disability benefits have been suspended for the next 3 months, including for any new claims.


22/03/2020

The government has urged people who face the highest risk of being hospitalised by the virus to shield themselves and stay at home. People with specific underlying health conditions, including some being treated for cancer, will be contacted by the NHS this week. Plans have been unveiled to deliver groceries and medicines for those most at risk from the virus where needed. You can register for support here.

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