The City of Wolverhampton Council, the NHS in Wolverhampton and Public Health England are working together to stop the spread of the coronavirus and to keep residents up to date with key national guidance and local information.
Responses to frequently asked questions regarding SEND support in Wolverhampton during Covid-19 measures can be accessed by clicking here.
The Council for Disabled Children has published 4 issues of responses to questions asked about the current situation and links to these are available below:
The Wolverhampton Information, Advice and Support Service (IASS), Wolverhampton Local Offer and Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) for social care queries are also good first points of contact.
Wolverhampton IASS are providing updates on advice and information through their social media channels on Facebook and Twitter @wolvesIASS.
The Wolverhampton Local Offer Home Learning Page provides advice on how to support your child at home.
The resources are relevant to all ages and abilities. There are links to general internet resources and also specialist services in Wolverhampton who support children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) and may be able to offer additional advice. You will find resources on academic subjects, for example English and Maths, as well as links to creative and cultural opportunities for your child at home.
- Beyond Words - Beating the Virus
- Little Puddins' (The Autism Educator) - Coronavirus Social Story
- Covibook – an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under, designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic
- Newsround - Coronavirus: Why it might not be as scary as it sounds
- Elsa Support - Coronavirus Story
- MindHeart - Hello, I'm a Virus
- The Autism Education - A Social Story
- Doctors of the World - NHS Covid 19 advice and guidance in 34 different languages
- Carol Grey - A social story about coronavirus and pandemics
- Children's Commissioner - Children's Guide to Coronavirus
- Axel Scheffler - Coronavirus: a book for children
- Mike Forde - How To Not Go to School
- Contact - Coronavirus information for families with disabled children
- National Autistic Society – Guidance and helpline for parents’, young people and staff
- Mencap - Easy read guide to Coronavirus
- Sensory Integration Education - Hand Washing Tips for People with Sensory Difficulties
- Carers UK - Guidance for carers
- Council for Disabled Children - Covid-19 Suport and Guidance
- Council for Disabled Children - SEND Support during the Coronavirus pandemic
- OCD UK- OCD and Coronavirus Survival Tips
- Public Health England - Easy read version of their Advice on the coronavirus for places of education
- Witherslack Group and the ADHD Foundation - How to provide routines in a time without routines
- Community Family Psychlogy, Neurodevelopment Team and Children's Occupational Therapy - Supporting Children with Learning Disabilities/ASD
- The British Psychological Society - Coronavirus and UK schools closures: Support and advice for schools and parents/carers
- Young Minds - Talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing
- Child Mind Institute - Talking to kids about the Coronavirus
- BBPS Guidance - Talking to Children about Coronavirus
- Place2Be – Guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing
- Place2Be - Supporting children who may be especially vulnerable during times of uncertainty
- Amaze - Information pack for parents
- World Health Organisation - Parenting in the time of COVID-19
- The Incredible Years - Keeping Calm and Providing Supportive Parenting During the Coronavirus
*NEW this month* Calm Zone
Lots of resources from Childline offering lots of activities and tools for children who are feeling anxious, scared or sad. These resources are appropriate for KS2 onwards with adult support.
*NEW this month* Going Back to School (Social Story)
An easy-to read social story about going back to school. This resource is appropriate for children in KS1 onwards with adult support.
*NEW this month* Returning to School
Advice and help for parents from the NSPCC about children returning to school.
*NEW this month* Greeting my Teachers and Friends
A little picture book from Autism Little Learners about how to greet teachers and friends whilst maintaining social distance. This resource is appropriate for KS1 students onwards with adult support.
The Government has announced that the Family Fund will receive funding of £37.3m in 2020-21. This includes £10m which has been allocated to help families in response to the Covid-19 pandemi, for more details click here.
The Family Fund provides grants to families on low incomes who have disabilities or severe medical conditions. To find out more visit the Family Fund website.
Wolverhampton Information Advice and Support Service (WIASS) are still operational and able to offer information, advice and support but in line with Government advice. At present, the easiest and quickest way to contact WIASS is by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or via their social media channels on Facebook and Twitter @wolvesIASS. WIASS have limited access to our phones so if you do call and leave a message, it may take them longer to get back to you than usual.
For links to useful information for families where a child has special educational needs and/or disabilities, view the WIASS website.