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Coronavirus updates for SEND Local Offer

Coronavirus is currently affecting how certain SEND Local Offer services are running. You can get more information about how these services are being affected here. 

Vicky Ford MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, has written an open letter outlining how the Government plans to meet the needs of children and young people with SEND during this challenging time.

Read Vicky Ford's May 2020 open letter to children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), their parents/carers and families, and all others who support them.

For information about how schools, childcare settings and colleges have been affected by coronavirus, read our guidance for key workers and parents of vulnerable children.

Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans

We have had to make changes to how we manage Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans, as pressures from school closures and staff shortages mean we need to prioritise the needs of the most vulnerable children in our education system. Visit our page about temporary changes to Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans due to coronavirus to find out more.

Short breaks

We are having to make some major changes to our short breaks services due to limited availability and closures. Visit our short breaks coronavirus update page to get more information. 

Specialist Resource Bases (SRBs)

Specialist Resource Base (SRB) referrals and placements are currently working differently. Visit our Specialist Resource Bases page to find out more.

For information on what to do if your child's SRB or SRB host school has closed, read our guidance for key workers and parents of vulnerable children.

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