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COVID-19 SEND information and advice updated 3.9.20

Read the latest Coronavirus Council and Government Information

There is a wide range of activities and resources for all on the Hounslow Family Services Directory.

Local Support

Most local support organisations, whilst not available face to face, are still available by phone or email.

Updated 3.2.20 - Letter from Minister Ford about School Return for Children and young people with SEND for parents and carers

Updated 31.7.20 There have been changes to the law regarding EHC plans and assessments further information can be found here

SENDIASS Special Educational Needs support are working nearly as normal and will attend meetings remotely.

Resources aimed at children and young people with specific needs can be found in the related advice section.

The specialist teachers for physical disability, hearing and visual impairment have all provided support contacts and guides.

The Early Years SEN Team have created a wide range of activities for families with children 0-5 with Special needs that can be done in the home.- NEW Added 9.6.20

Hounslow Portage Service who work with very complex young children are still working with families and accepting referrals but there is a wait-list currently for new families.

*NEW* 2.9.20

National Support

There are many online resources available, some of which are listed below for you

Family Fund - are still accepting applications for grants but there are some changes, they also have links to useful organisations and resources.

Include Me TOO - have Printable hospital passport and communication information resources for Children and young people and other help.

The Challenging behaviour foundation -have put their information sheets and DVDs online these cover a wide range of challenging behaviours and supporting behaviour change.

SEN Home School resources

University College London have produced a guide for home educating children with SEN

The government has a list of education online resources for use at home for children and young people of all ages and needs and has also published guidance on educating children with SEND.

Audible are offering access to free audio books for children and young people

SEN Teacher - free teaching resources

The Sensory Project has provided helpful fun learning activity resources to help keep you busy when staying safe and staying home. The resources are loosely grouped on the website and aimed at people with additional needs and are also appropriate for students who have additional needs and attend mainstream schools.

Ask the government questions

The Council for Disabled Children have been asked by the government to answer questions, collate resources and share information on Coronavirus and the impact on children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). 

The new ‘CDC questions’ inbox, provides the opportunity to ask questions about how Coronavirus will impact on children and young people with SEND as well as other questions relating to the impact on families. More information can be found at

NHS England and NHS Improvement have produced a Coronavirus FAQs document for their Learning Disability and Autism Programme.

COVID-19 related pages: Fun things to do - Online resources for Home Learning- Health and Wellbeing - Financial support and advice