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There is a lot of new information from different groups working hard during the pandemic. We have collated some resources from other organisations in one place.

New information is being published all the time and we will continue to look out for new resources to update this page with any information we find that is relevant to families of children and adults with severe learning disabilities.

Find COVID-19 guidance below on:

  1. Your rights and campaigns 
  2. Health 
  3. Information for familiesUseful resources from other organisations to support your relative 
  4. Information for families: Supporting staff 
  5. Information for families: Handwashing songs
  6. Family carer wellbeing 

Your rights and campaigns

Click on the titles below to view other organisations useful information. You can get a brief summary of each page by clicking on the downwards arrow.

The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) has published their report, The Government's response to COVID-19: human rights implications in which the report says that that the Government must urgently address a number of issues to make sure that its handling of the Coronavirus pandemic is compatible with human rights.

Dame Christine Lenehan - Director of the Council for Disabled Children (CDC) shares a message to the disabled children's sector.

Luke Clements, the Cerebra Professor of Law at Leeds University and solicitor, explains The Coronavirus Act 2020.

Coronavirus Act 2020 – Social Care and SEND A note was written by the 39 Essex Chambers public law team in response to some of the many queries they received about the implications of the Coronavirus Act 2020.

A summary of guidance, written by Doughty Street Chambers, from international human rights bodies in relation to the protection of the rights of people with disabilities in the coronavirus pandemic.

Health

Public Health England has produced easy read version of the general Covid-19 Guidance: COVID-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing.

Guide on how to keep in touch with relatives who are ill that you cannot be with due to the pandemic.

A Landing page with links to various websites offering Coronavirus information.

Information for families: Useful resources from other organisations to support your relative

Books Beyond Words have created an evolving resource explaining the Coronavirus in an easy read format.

For COVID-19 rapid guideline: critical care in adults, you can download a copy.

Resources to support families / carers of people with learning disabilities through the Coronavirus restrictions.

The Covid-19 Hub with information for people with learning disabilities and those supporting them: A Coronavirus hub

Coronavirus resources for children and families – from Sheffield Children’s NHS Note: Play the video on mute, music can be distractive

For easy read Covid-19 resources, see the page: Easy read Coronavirus resources

To help support families during the coronavirus crisis, Disabled children’s Partnership have gathered as much information and as many helpful resources as they can onto this page.

Guides on how to support someone with learning disabilities and/or autism by the Social Care Institute for Excellence. They cover helping the individual understand the changes, staying safe, monitoring health and wellbeing. There are guides available for:

Guides on how to support someone with learning disabilities and/or autism by the Social Care Institute for Excellence. They cover helping the individual understand the changes, staying safe, monitoring health and wellbeing. There are guides available for:

Guides on how to support someone with learning disabilities and/or autism by the Social Care Institute for Excellence. They cover helping the individual understand the changes, staying safe, monitoring health and wellbeing. There are guides available for:

Covid-19 Grab and Go Guide: Information about somebody if they have a a learning disability or are autistic. This should be read in conjunction with ‘my hospital passport’ which is provided on the CBF’s COVID-19 resources page.

See also the guidance notes to accompany the form.

Guide to creating an emergency plan which sets out the best way of supporting your relative in case of an emergency. An emergency plan should contain the information that helps to stop an emergency turning into a crisis. For ‘Emergency planning for family carers during the Coronavirus outbreak’.

For over 30 Virtual Field Trips with Links

Make your own sensory kit at home! This guide is for parent carers of children and young people for whom sensory activities will help them to manage their sensory inputs more effectively.

New report – “Coming second all the time”: Life in lockdown for siblings of disabled children.

See the website for a mixture of reading material, videos and printable tools, with links to other resources and organisations, for use both during and after the Covid-19 lockdown.

Family Fund has received extra funding worth £10 million from the Department for Education to provide grants for families on low incomes raising disabled or seriously ill children in England this year.

Help people with learning disabilities to stay active and create structure during lockdown and beyond with free Active Support resources.

Explaining a Local Lockdown to People with Learning Disabilities video - from Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

To help ease the process of returning to school, CDC has collated a list of resources and guidance that you may find useful: Welcome Back to Education Resources.

Information for families: Supporting staff

The impact of COVID-19 has created an extremely challenging time for the social care workforce. Skills for Care has identified training that remains a priority during this period to ensure there is a skilled and competent workforce.

Find information and guidance dedicated to personal assistants (PAs) that may be of help during these challenging times of COVID-19.

Coronavirus Staff Resilience Hub: Helping frontline staff to manage your mental health and wellbeing.

Developing emotional resilience and wellbeing: a practical guide for social workers.

Information for families: Handwashing songs

Sign along with us - Wash hands - makaton Jade and Christian Kilduff. Watch the YouTube video.

Watch the YouTube video by Neil Diamond: “Hands.. washing hands”

Watch the YouTube video: Handwashing - Gangnam Style!!

Family carer wellbeing

Coronavirus and wellbeing resource with coping tips including ways to support yourself during winter.

List of resources, helplines and information regarding Covid-19 and mental health.

Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Autism COVID-19 Response Cell sharing platform which colleagues may find useful to share concerns and keep up to date with approved guidance. You will need to register as a first-time user.

How to look after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Help sheet produced in response to hearing concerns about blanket bans that prevent people keeping in contact with their friends and families: Keeping in Touch in Difficult Times.

See webpage for information about positive approaches for supporting your own wellbeing and supporting choice, independence and communication for your relative.

Paradigm and Learning Disability England have set up the Gr8 Chat and Brew for members of the Gr8 Support Movement. Members can participate in group video calls to keep in touch. See how to get involved here.

More on COVID-19

Our resources

Our resources

These pages contain our own information sheets on challenging behaviour during the pandemic, as well as information on health and hygiene, visiting relatives, education and school, activities to do at home, FAQs about the law, templates and much more.

National guidance

National guidance

The Government and NHS England have published a range of COVID-19 guidance. We list on this page the guidance most relevant to families of children and adults with severe learning disabilities.

Health

Health

Our resources give information about health care, answering your questions on topics such as medication, mental health, consenting to treatment, reasonable adjustments and dental treatment.