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Covid 19 - National Guidance

The Government and NHSE England have published a range of Covid 19 guidance and more is likely to come out. We will list on this page the guidance most relevant to families of children and adults with severe learning disabilities. 

 

We are working hard to interpret the practical implications of this guidance, including seeking answers to questions from Lawyers, NHSE and Government officials.  We will provide more information on this page as soon as we are able so please bear with us. In the meantime you may find some of the answers you need in the FAQs section of our Covid 19 page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health 

 

The most recent guidance is provided at the top of the list. Please note that some of the guidance may have been superseded since posting.

Learning disability and autism, dementia and mental health - Patient, carer and family engagement and communication during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

This guidance has been assessed to identify potential equality impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with mental health needs and a learning disability and autistic people.

You can read the full guidance here.

Learning Disability Covid-19 Guidance for Frontline Clinical Staff

A guide to help frontline clinical staff to best support patients with a learning disability and/or autism. Covers issues like diagnostic overshadowing, reasonable adjustments and understanding behavioural responses.

You can read the full guidance here.

Visiting Healthcare Inpatient Settings during the Covid-19 Pandemic

This Guidance replaces the June2020 NHS Hospital Visitor Guidance. The restriction on visiting has now been lifted. Visiting will now be decided by local trusts and NHS bodies.

NICE Rapid Guideline on Critical Care during Covid-19

This outlines the processes for hospital staff in deciding whether a patient needs to be admitted to critical care. It was updated to reflect that the clinical frailty scale should not be used to assess those with a learning disability and/or autism. Full Guide and information on the update available here.

Legal guidance for mental health, learning disability and autism, and specialised commissioning services supporting people of all ages during the coronavirus pandemic

See PDF from the NHS here. Section 2 on Key Messages may be particularly useful for families.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children

 

The most recent guidance is provided at the top of the list. Please note that some of the guidance may have been superseded since posting.

Open letter from Minister for Children and Families

On the 5th March 2021, Vicky Ford Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families wrote an open letter to children and young people with SEND and those who support and care for them to highlight key information about returning to full attendance at school and college.

Restricting attendance during the national lockdown: schools - Guidance for all schools in England January 2021

Report, published by the Department of Education (January 2021)

Read or download a PDF.

NEWSFLASH: Covid-19 testing programme test-to-return

Email from Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Division regarding COVID-19 testing programmes in schools and colleges from the start of 2021.

View a PDF of the email.

Open letter from Minister for Children and Families

On the 9th November, Vicky Ford MP Minister for Children and Families wrote an open letter to children and young people with SEND and those who support and care for them to clarify some of the key issues related to the new national restrictions.

Department for Education Covid-19 SEND Risk Assessment Guide

This guidance explains the risk assessments the government is advising local authorities to conduct to ensure that educational settings still providing services are safe. It gives particular notice to children with EHC plans whose need for hands on care or with behaviours that challenge.

Actions for Schools during the Coronavirus Outbreak

This guidance is for schools during the national lockdown period.

What Parents and Carers Need to Know about Education and Schools during the Coronavirus Outbreak

A set of questions answered for parents and carers, this list is not exclusive to learning disability and autism but contains some useful information on free school meals and EHCP plans. The full set of questions is available here.

Letter from Minister Ford to children and young people with SEND, their families and carers, and those who work to support them

Minister Ford (Parliamentary Under–Secretary of State for Children and Families) has written to children and young people with SEND, their families and carers, and those who work to support them regarding the return to school.(2nd September 2020). See the letter here.

Winter Planning: Support to Children and Families

Support to Children and Families letter from Ruth May and Viv Bennett.

 

 

Social Care

Guidance for Local Authorities on Easements to the Care Act during Covid-19

Guidance explaining to Local Authorities what they can and cannot do under the new easements.

Mencap have produced a summary and easy read version of the easements.

Responding to COVID-19: the ethical framework for adult social care

Linked within the Care Act easements guidance, this is the framework local authorities should uphold when making decisions. The full framework can be read here.

 

 

 

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