NNPCF COVID-19 Update 24 April 2020

The National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) is the independent national voice of parent carer forums.

Please download the update HERE

 

Important – Coronavirus Act SEND easements

The DfE and Secretary of State have today invoked the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 which allow them to modify the provisions of the Children and Families Act 2014 for a period of time during the Covid-19 crisis.

Please see

  • Joint Statement from the DHSC and DfE – this is an important announcement which sets out the changes to the law and includes links to detailed guidance. Additionally, there are a series of links to the new risk assessment guidance and additional resources.
  • Statement from the NNPCF regarding the impact of this announcement

 

Survey on the impact of Covid-19 on disabled children and their families

The Disabled Children’s Partnership are today launching their survey on the impact of COVID-19 on disabled children and their families. This survey will run until 18th May – please do complete it if you can and share with your members if possible.

The link to the survey is https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LifeinLockdown.

 

Newsflash from the SEN Implementation team

This information was included in a previous newsflash, along with other information which has now been superseded:

  • On Saturday 18 April, we announced that councils across England will receive a further £1.6 billion to help deal with the immediate impacts of coronavirus. This takes the total funding to support councils to respond to the pandemic to over £3.2 billion. The grant will be un-ringfenced, recognising local authorities are best placed to decide how to meet the major Covid-19 service pressures in their local area. Local authorities have discretion to spend it on children’s services such as SEND. Further details are at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-pledges-extra-16-billion-for-councils
  • Finally, on 7 April we published an initial list of free online education resources for home education which includes SEND-specific home learning resources to help support parents, teachers and schools, during this period. These have been developed in collaboration with SEND organisations, charities, special school headteachers and multi-academy trusts. This list is by no means exhaustive, and we plan to refine and add to it over time. If you have recommendations for us to consider adding to this list of resources, please email Resources.SCHOOL@education.gov.uk.