Help and Information: Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak
Consultation launched - Halton Borough Council’s Youth Provision and service update
Please see details below about the consultation to shape the future of Youth Provision in the Borough with a view to launching a new look service late Spring 2021. The Council will continue to provide a range of services and opportunities for Halton young people until the new service is fully embedded.
Consultation launched – deadline is 30 September 2020
Halton Borough Council’s Youth Service aims to secure, so far as reasonably practicable, equality of access for all young people to the positive, preventative and early help needed to improve their well-being. We must also find out and take into account young people’s views when making decisions about future youth provision and activities for them. The Council in partnership with Halton Youth Cabinet, Youth Focus North West, and Commonplace, are consulting the young people of Halton about future youth provision throughout September.
Can you please promote the link below to young people and they need to complete the survey by 30 September 30th 2020
- To support some of the more vulnerable young people from 1st August 2020 Halton Borough Council’s Early Help and Intervention team will provide dedicated Youth Support and Treatment to these young people in a holistic family way. For any young person needing 1-1 support for substance misuse please contact iCART: The team can be contacted during the hours of 9am to 5pm from Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4pm on Friday, call 0151 907 8305. If you have an urgent (safeguarding) concern outside these hours, please call the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 0345 0500148.
- The Council and the Youth Focus North West will support the Youth Cabinet and the Youth Parliament from 1st August ensuring they can still continue to meet and represent their members.
- Support has also been arranged for a number of other key groups that young people have advised are important to them including LGBTQI and Special Educational Needs.
- With support from the NW Region Duke of Edinburgh Awards team and through our registered local schools and settings this important programme will continue to be available in Halton.
- Finally as we know that there is a huge amount of good innovative work with young people happening within our local communities we are going to offer the opportunity for local organisations to apply for a small grant between £5,000 and £10,000 in late summer early Autumn.
Government Guidance - education and childcare
The Education secretary, Gavin Williamson, announced the government’s plans for the full re-opening of schools in September, separate guidance for special schools, early years and childcare providers and FE colleges and providers is now available. The expectation is that children and young people with SEND will be able to return to full-time provision from the beginning of the Autumn term.
Full opening guidance available below:
Information for children, young people and families for going back to school/educational provision
Halton Borough Council
- Welcoming children and young people safely back to school/education – here you will find lots of resources, video clips and information to support the safe return of pupils across the Borough
- COVID-19 School Additional Measures HBC Letter to Parents and Carers – 17 Sept 2020
Guide for children and young people the Children’s commissioner for England has published a guide for children to tell them some of the changes they might see when they go back to school this September as well as providing tips on how to cope if they’re feeling worried or nervous and helpful resources to stay safe
Support for parents/carers with many young people returning to school for the first time in many months Parent Info has published tips for parents and carers to help their primary and secondary school children and young people cope when returning to school
Department for Education blog features frequently asked questions around children returning to school in England
Contact information, advice and support for families with disabled children who are returning to school in September
AFTERMATH OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC - What is normal?
Dr Rhona Hobson, Halton’s Principal Educational Psychologist has produced guidance about the normal responses that we all have and feel in this difficult situation for what is normal?
Although it has been written for young people, the advice and suggestions provided will be helpful to us all as we move to the transition, recovery and learning phase in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Halton 0-19 Healthy Child Service Newsletter - COVID-19 Update
This newsletter reflects some of the fantastic work undertaken by the service during ‘lock down’ and explains some of their plans to continue to support children, young people and families in Halton as the restrictions are lifted
Ministerial Letters during COVID-19 pandemic
To all children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), their parents/carers and families, and others who support them
Halton Borough Council's Update - EHC Plans
We are committed to continue to support the EHC Plan process, however, not all the assessment advice will be immediately available. Assessments for an EHC Plan may look different as these are not currently being undertaken face to face. We have moved to do this work by telephone or video calls where possible. Our decision-making panels will still take place but this work will be done remotely. We will continue to review these necessary changes.
Things that might be helpful
- Pubic Health England Coronavirus COVID-19 Information
- Halton Borough Council Coronavirus Advice
- North West SEND Regional Newsletter Special Edition Coronavirus COVID-19
- Questions and Answers Coronavirus Guidance on vulnerable children and young people
- NHS England and NHS Improvement (19/03/2020) Coronavirus Information, Toolkits, e-Learning
- Active Halton Staying Active at home during COVID-19
Coping with your child’s anxieties and behaviour
- Make sure to take care of yourself. Remember the airline safety briefing that tells adults to “put on your own oxygen mask before helping others”? This same advice applies to challenging or traumatic experiences and children’s well-being too. Children cope better when their parents are resilient and have strong social supports
- Try to establish a “new normal” in terms of daily routines
- Children tend to like predictability and routines and it can be tricky without school to structure the day
- It might help to make a daily schedule while schools are closed so that kids know what will happen during the day and when it will happen
- National Autistic Society Coronavirus – Everything you need to know
- Autism East Midlands Autism, Anxiety and Coronavirus
- Council for Disabled Children COVID-19 advice and support
- World Health Organisation Helping children cope with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak
- Young Minds What to do if you’re anxious about Coronavirus
- Contact Coronavirus: Information for families with disabled children
- Cardiff & Vale University Health Board Supporting Children with Learning disability/ASD: coping with COVID-19 isolation
- Carers UK Coronavirus Guidance
- Anxiety during self-isolation
Things around Education
Pupils of all ages – primary and secondary levels of education
- Department for Education (DfE) resources on supporting and promoting mental wellbeing to help children to learn at home
- DfE and the BBC Bitesize online educational package and social media channels
Educational Helpline for staff, parents/carers and young people
Opening hours: 8am-6pm (Monday to Friday)
- Department of Education Dedicated Coronavirus (COVID-19) Tel: 0800 046 8687
- Email: [email protected]
- Educational Advice for parents/carers Becoming a Full-Time Educator (Planning Ahead)
- Emergency Powers Bill (Education) Schedule 16-Corona Bill & Section 42/43 Children and Families Act 2014 Steve Broach’s vlog Special Needs Jungle
- Public Health England Advice on Coronavirus for places of education
- Minister Ford’s Open letter to the SEND sector
- GOV.uk Disabled Charities Consortium Letter Supporting disabled people through the Coronavirus outbreak
Residential Educational Settings, Boarding Schools, Residential Special Schools/Colleges and Children’s Homes
Advice/Information to help you talk to your child
- Amaze FAQs information pack for parents
- British Psychological Society Importance of talking to children about Coronavirus
- Young Minds Talking to your child about Coronavirus
- Psychology Today Coronavirus (COVID-19): What to talk about with your child
- Place2Be Coronavirus: Helpful information to answer questions from children
- NPR Goats and Soda Just for Kids: A comic exploring the new Coronavirus
- Wellbeing Enterprises COVID-19 Online Course & Support Service for children and young people
WHO Info-Graphic Tips for Parents
- One to One Time
- Keeping it Positive
- Structure Up
- Bad Behaviour
- Keep Calm and Manage Stress
- Talking about COVID-19
Children with Complex Health Needs
Mental Health and Wellbeing
- The Youth Mental Health Project COVID-19 and the Mental Health of your Children
- Mind Coronavirus and your wellbeing
- The Mental Health Foundation Looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak
- Anna Freud NCCF Supporting parents/carers to help children and young people’s mental health/wellbeing through disruption caused by Coronavirus
- Every Mind Matters Mental wellbeing while staying at home
- Supporting yourself and colleagues at work Coronavirus and Isolation
- Halton Health Improvement Team Mental Health Information Point and Halton Covid-19 PR Toolkit v1
- Wellbeing Enterprises COVID-19 Online Course & Support Service for children and young people
Visual Medical Guides-Easy Read
Easy Read Guides
- Public Health England Advice about Coronavirus
- Mencap Coronavirus Guide
- Mencap Makaton Handwashing Guide
- Young Minds Looking after your mental health while self-isolating
- Covibook Interactive support to reassure children aged 7 and under (Help children express emotions during the pandemic)
- Talking Mats Guide to social distancing
- BBC Newsround Videos and information about the Coronavirus for children
- Carers UK Guidance for carers
- UK Youth and National Youth Agency Support for youth workers and young people
Social Media Information aimed at Teenagers and Young People
Halton Borough Council’s 14-19 Team Facebook
Riverside College Foundation Studies
COVID-19 Update – Panel Composition in the First-tier and Upper Tribunals
Updated practice direction which was issued by the Senior President of Tribunals relating to panel composition in the First-tier and Upper Tribunals during the current COVID-19 pandemic, published on the 19th March 2020.