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Information and resources about coronavirus

Covid vaccination

The government's Education Hub has published an FAQ page about vaccinations for clinically vulnerable children and young people.

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation have produced a guide to the Covid vaccination for relatives of people with severe learning disabilities whose behaviour challenges.

This YouTube video explains the Covid vaccine for people with a learning disability and/or autism.

Information for carers

Carers UK have advice for carers, including how to protect the person you care for, contingency planning, and advice for working carers.

Sheffield Carers Centre has resources that can help you think about planning for an emergency, including what steps could be taken if carers become unwell.

Sheffield City Council and Sheffield NHS Clinical Commissioning Group have published a Coronavirus guide for parents and carers of children and young people with SEND.

Work and Benefits

Working Families have a list of frequently asked questions about the implications of coronavirus for working parents.

Contact have published information about coronavirus and welfare benefits for families with disabled children.

You can also contact Sheffield Occupational Health Advisory Service if you have questions about caring and work.

Looking after your and your child's mental health

The Mental Health Foundation has advice on looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.

MIND has useful advice about managing mental health, including information about hand washing and anxiety.

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy has advice on coping with anxiety about coronavirus.

Information about who to contact if you or a loved one are experiencing a mental health crisis is on the Sheffield Health and Social Care website.

Kooth offer a free online counselling service for young people aged 11-18 years in Sheffield.

Door 43 at Sheffield Futures run a free support line to help young people (aged 12-18 years) with issues such as low mood, anxious thoughts and loneliness. Call 0808 275 8892, Monday to Friday 5pm-9pm, and Saturday 9am to 9pm.

Contact offer free, bookable 1:1 telephone appointments for parents of disabled children. Their family support advisors can provide emotional support, reassurance and strategies for improving your child’s sleep, reducing their anxiety, behaviour difficulties, and more. Book an appointment


All schools should maintain regular communication if a child with SEND is not in school due to the impact of Covid-19. SENCOs will discuss with families on an individual basis how provision and support is being put in place. Where parents are concerned about delivery of remote learning and SEND needs they should discuss this with their SENCO.

You can find out more about education for children with SEND during the lockdown on the advice page Education for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) during the national lockdown

Oak National Academy have produced specialist online resources for children studying at home because they are unable to attend school: Specialist Classroom


Returning to school following lockdown periods:

The following information was produced for September 2020 but remains relevant following any lockdown period:

The Sheffield Speech and Language Therapy Service has created social stories to prepare children for their return to school. These cover: Going back to school, Social Bubbles, and Washing your hands


Public transport

On 15 June, face coverings became mandatory for people travelling on public transport. Children under the age of 11 are exempt. Children under the age of three should not wear a face covering.

If your young person is over the age of 11 and unable to wear a face covering due to a disability or health condition, you can apply for a Journey Assistance Card from First Bus and Stagecoach that you can show to the driver.

Bereavement support

Healthwatch Sheffield have compiled an overview of organisations and groups that can provide bereavement support.

Listening Ear provide a counselling helpline for anyone who has lost a friend, relative or loved one, from any cause. Call 0800 048 5224 or use the referral form on their website.

Specific conditions and coronavirus

Epilepsy Action have published frequently asked questions about epilepsy and coronavirus.

ADHD Action have published ten tips for households affected by ADHD.

The Down's Syndrome Association has page with advice on coronavirus.

Rethink have published advice for carers of those with severe mental illness.

The International OCD Foundation have published advice for parents of children with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

The National Autistic Society has published guidance and useful information for autistic people and those who support them.

Diabetes UK have published advice for people with diabetes.

SMiRA have published a guide for parents of children with selective mutism.

Children with EHC plans

Sheffield City Council has published information about temporary changes to the law relating to EHC plans.

The Coram Children's Legal Centre has published a useful summary of the rights of children with EHC plans during the crisis.

Direct payments and Personal Assistants

Sheffield City Council have published information about children's social care during the current covid-19 situation, including questions about Direct Payments: Information for parents who have a social worker, MAST worker or SNIPS worker | Sheffield Directory.

Disability Shefffield have published FAQs about individual employers and PAs.

Independent Lives have published advice for people who employ Personal Assistants.

Information and resources for children and young people

Easy Read advice has been published by Mencap and Easy Read Online.

BBC newsround is a good source of information for older children.

BBC Bitesize have published a toolkit for parents of children with SEND, which includes advice on supporting your child's wellbeing, top tips, activities and personal stories.

Buzz Company have published a workbook about coronavirus.

Mindheart have published a cartoon in several languages.

Sheffield Children's Hospital have a page where you can download communication boards and social stories with Widgit symbols.

Twinkl have free resources for making visual timetables and a free ebook explaining coronavirus.

Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler has illustrated a free information book about coronavirus for primary school age children.

Widgit offer free 30-day access to Widgit Online, where you can create resources like visual timetables or communication books.

Kooth offer a free online counselling service for young people aged 11-18 years in Sheffield.

Grampian CAMHS have created Covid resources for under 12's, teenagers and parents.

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Trust has produced a set of videos about coronavirus for people with learning disabilities. The videos cover things like wearing a face mask, having a swab test, planning your day, social distancing, plus a host of relaxation techniques. See playlist

Talking to your child about coronavirus

The British Psychological Society has published a advice on talking to your children about coronavirus.

The Mental Health Foundation has advice on talking with your children about news that might be scary.

Young Minds have published advice on talking to your child about coronavirus, which includes ten top tips from their parent helpline.

Place2Be have an article about answering questions about coronavirus from children.

Social stories can also help you to talk to your children about coronavirus.

The Anna Freud Centre has videos for parents, children and schools/colleges, as well as a booklet about supporting the mental health and wellbeing of pupils and students during periods of disruption.

Keeping active

The Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Service has published videos with ideas for keeping children active at home.

Activities for very young / non-verbal children

The Sheffield Autism Education Team have information about sensory play, movement breaks and Dough Disco.

The Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Service has created a video with ideas for sensory messy play in the bath.

The Sheffield Speech and Language Therapy Service has created a series of short videos called "Weekend words". The videos provide ideas to develop your child's speech, language and communication through play, daily routines and having fun together at home. A new video is published every Saturday.

Soundabout run live, interactive, multi-sensory music-making sessions on Facebook for people with severe and profound learning disabilities, and live music-making sessions on Youtube for young children with SEND aged 0-5 years.

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