What we are doing for children with SEND

Worcestershire Children First logo Published Tuesday, 21st April 2020

Worcestershire Children First (WCF) are working closely with mainstream and special schools.

This will help to ensure children with Education Health and Care Plans are safe and where needed, attending educational settings.

WCF has asked all early years settings, schools and colleges to do a risk assessment for each of these children to be sure they understand their needs and are doing the right thing for them. This will involve talking to families to understand what they need and want to happen for their child.

 Information has been added about Coronavirus to the SEND Local Offer web pages in response to questions from parents. We have worked with Worcestershire’s Parent carer forum, Families in Partnership (FiP) and SENDIASS to coproduce these Covid-19 pages. We wanted to understand what sort of information families would want and the sorts of questions they would be likely to ask.

This information currently focuses on learning at home, wellbeing, national information about Covid-19 and frequently asked questions. This area of the Local Offer is being added to all the time as WCF understand more about what families of children with SEND need. The team has regular virtual meetings with FiP and SENDIASS to review the content and add more information where necessary.

In addition the team is talking to colleagues in WCF, Babcock and Early Help to understand what sort of enquiries they are receiving so the web pages and FAQs are always up to date with the latest information.

Gabrielle Stacey, Assistant Director for SEND and Vulnerable Learners at Worcestershire Children First, said: “We understand we are living in uncertain times and this is especially unsettling for those children and young people with SEND.

“I want to assure you we are doing everything we can to provide parents and carers with the tools, resources and guidance they need during this coronavirus pandemic.”