COVID-19 SEND advice and support for children and young people

The COVID-19 pandemic means many aspects of our lives have changed and may not be conducted in the same way. Here is the latest information on how the Integrated SEND Service will be operating and how some processes will be carried out. 

Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice Service (SENDIAS) Support:

  • Do you have a query about COVID-19 arrangements for children and young people with SEND which isn’t answered here?
  • Do you need to know what your rights and responsibilities for supporting children and young people with SEND are?

The SENDIAS Service is available for information, advice, and support for children and young people with SEND and their parents/carers.

The service SENDIAS provide is free, impartial and confidential. You can contact them by emailing or by leaving a voicemail on 01296 383 754.

"We" refers to the Integrated SEND Service or service referenced in a heading.

It is important that we support our children and young people to experience successful transitions back to school, recognising that transition is a process and not a single event. We know that an individual’s experiences during this time can have a powerful and long-lasting effect on academic outcomes, as well as impacting on their emotional and social well-being.

During a period of transition (or the return to school following prolonged absence) children and young people can experience:

  • A loss of attachment to familiar people, friends, the environment and objects within

  • that environment

  • Role and identity uncertainty

  • Entry into an environment that is unfamiliar and less predictable

  • A perceived loss of control

  • A feeling of being de-skilled and less valued

  • Uncertainty about the future

The Integrated SEND Service have released this Transition and the Return to School which covers what we can do to support children upon their return to school.

> Read Transition and the Return to School during the COVID Pandemic (PDF/A 475KB)