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Coronavirus (Covid-19) support for children and young people with SEND

See also covid-19 useful resources (mainstream)

UK Government advice and information

Hands, Face, Space 

Correspondence on supporting disabled people through the coronavirus outbreak  

Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19  - This guidance is for everyone who has been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable. If you are in this group, you will previously have received a letter from the NHS or from your GP telling you this. You may have been advised to shield in the past.

COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing - Advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.


Coronavirus Social Stories

Having a Coronavirus test - easy read/visual guide

Staying at home

PPE - why people are dressed up

Going for a COVID-19 test

Going for a COVID-19 vaccination (injection)


Trafford advice and information

Information on Flu and Covid Vaccination for people with a learning disability and/or autism

Trafford Travel Coordination Unit (TTCU) Update – 21 October 2020

Advice for those that receive direct payments

Update for parent carers on SEND Processes 

Trafford Community Response Line supporting residents self-isolating due to the coronavirus. Residents can call 0300 3309073 for assistance with food shopping, getting medication, telephone support or just someone to talk to. 

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Money Matters (SEND)

Support with money matters 

Early Help in Trafford aims to make sure that services to support children, young people and their families are there when they need them.

You can find out more about Complex Needs Service changes during the coronavirus outbreak in this document bought together by Trafford Local Care Organisation. Updated October 2020.  

Download a Reasonable Adjustment Request

Local Offer Support Toolkit - Advice and Guidance from Trafford Educational Psychology Service

Update for SENCOs on Occupational Therapy Sensory Assessment Service updated February 2021

SENAS Different Ways of Working During COVID-19 - Trafford Council

Trafford SENDIASS and Trafford FIS are currently available to contact via our helplines, emails, social media and website. 

Trafford Speech and Language Therapy Facebook page will continue to be updated with resources.

Trafford Parents Forum are continuing to support families virtually.

Trafford Deaf Advocacy, part of Manchester Deaf Centre, is providing an advocacy and health improvement service for the deaf community. 


Managing at home

Help managing at home with a child or young person with SEND - your page of practical tips around:

  • how to talk to your child about coronavirus
  • keeping your family healthy
  • supporting wellbeing and mental health
  • how to access supplies and shopping
  • managing behaviour and resoures for specific needs

This short animation from Reaching Families may help explain Coronavirus and the New Normal to some children and young people. 

This NHS video show a good handwashing routine and has a song to remind you how to wash every bit of you hands. 

Activities at home with a child or young person with SEND - another page including resources around:

  • general activities
  • getting some exercise
  • Trafford SEND activities
  • Virtual Short Breaks
  • Inclusive activities and educational resources

Education and Special schools

Your school should have their most up to date response to Coronavirus on their school websites and via other communications to parent carers. They are working hard with the local authority during these times. 

Education and Childcare: guidance for teachers, school leaders, carers, parents and students

Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings

DfE and DHSC Ministerial letter on returning to school, to children and young people with SEND, their families and those who support them - July 2020

Delamere Special School have created a Going Back to School Visual Social Story with Signs and Photos that could also be useful for other families to help their children settle back into schools.

Direct links to Special Schools 


National resources 

Parent guides on dealing with social services, financial and legal affairs and education from Cerebra

Information for families with disabled children - Contact is regularly updated and includes information about the new Coronavirus Act 2020 and it's affects on SEND legislation

Guidance and helpline for parents’, young people and staff - National Autistic Society

Resources for autistic people and families - National Autistic Society

The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health's podcast on Coronavirus and helping Children with Autism

Guide to coronavirus designed for people with dyslexia - Oaka Books

OCD and coronavirus survival tips - OCD UK

New phone line for information and support for people with sight loss and their families - Guide Dogs

Coronavirus support for deaf children

PrAACtical Resources: Dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic  - explaining coronavirus to those with severe communication needs

How to support children with anxiety about coronavirus - Special Needs Jungle (includes an easy read explanation)