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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 September 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.

A DfE/DHSC ministerial letter was also written to children and young people with SEND, their families and those who support them. 

Read the DfE/DHSC ministerial letter - published 21 June 2020

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 education

The government has published guidance to reflect the actions special schools and other specialist settings need to take to support full opening from the start of the 2020 autumn term.

Read the Government guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings

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.

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