Help and Information: Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak

Things that might be helpful
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

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 important information about COVID-19 for for families with disabled children


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.

Aftermath of COVID-19 pandemic – what is normal

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

Newsletter 0-19 Halton

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

NEWMinister Ford open letter to the SEND sector 9.11.2020


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.

Coping with your child’s anxieties and behaviour

  1. 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
  2. Try to establish a “new normal” in terms of daily routines
  3. Children tend to like predictability and routines and it can be tricky without school to structure the day
  4. 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 


Things around Education

Pupils of all ages – primary and secondary levels of education

Educational Helpline for staff, parents/carers and young people

Opening hours: 8am-6pm (Monday to Friday)

  • Department of Education Dedicated Coronavirus (COVID-19)  Tel0800 046 8687
  • Email: [email protected]


Educational Settings

Residential Educational Settings, Boarding Schools, Residential Special Schools/Colleges and Children’s Homes

GOV.uk Isolation Guidance and COVID-19 to support management of children and young people


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.

 Practice Guidance

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

Provision Update

  • 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.