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Covid-19 and SEND

Here is some information about what is happening in Kirklees:

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Activities

Some activities in Kirklees may not be running. Please check with each provider for their current arrangements. Activities can be found on the Activity search page.

Children's Therapy Services

These include:

These services are still running. They are providing a service for all children on active caseloads. They are seeing children remotely via telehealth wherever possible but are offering face-to-face appointments if clinically required. They continue to work in partnership with schools and early years settings.
If you need to speak to someone, please call the admin on 01484 344299.

Education safeguarding

This service is still running but face-to-face training for Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL’s) if being offered online. Home visits have been suspended.
Any legal action for prosecution or penalty notices for attendance has been suspended.
If you need to speak to someone, please call 01484 221919 or email education.safeguarding@kirklees.gov.uk.

CAMHS (Thriving Kirklees)

If you need to speak to someone, call the Thriving Kirklees single point of access on 01924 492183 Monday to Friday 8am - 8pm, Saturday 9.30am -12pm

Nortonthorpe Hall Child & Family Trust - this is running as normal, except for group work activities which are carried out online. Alternative platforms for 1-1 sessions will still be the predominant offer; however, where needed face-to-face interventions will still be provided.

South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust (SWYPFT) - At present they are only doing the developmental history part of the Neuro developmental assessments as they are able to maintain 2 metre distance when working face to face .  Parents are given the option of doing the assessment by video, phone or Face to face. This means that the assessments will not be fully completed until we are able to do the play based assessments face to face as this does need more close contact.

Locala 0-19 (Thriving Kirklees)

This service is still running but parents and young people may be offered virtual contact instead of face-to-face.

However, our baby clinics are not currently running but we are developing a clinic offer by appointment only.  Whilst schools are not fully open we are not able to offer vision screening, hearing screening and growth checks as we usually do in schools.

If you need to speak to someone call 0300 304 5555 at any time, text (parents) 07520 618867, or (young people) 07520 618866, or visit our website - Thriving Kirklees to e-refer.

Locala -  Sensory Occupational Therapy

This service is still running but training for schools and parents is carried out online.

If you need to speak to someone, call 030 0304 5555 and ask for Victoria Cureton-Favager or Katie Latham.

If you have suffered serious harm or have a life-threatening emergency:

Call  999 and ask for an ambulance or go to your nearest hospital accident and emergency (A&E) department.

If you have thoughts of self-harming or are feeling suicidal:

Contact someone immediately:

  • speak to a friend, family member or someone you trust
  • contact Kooth (opens a new page).  This is an anonymous, online counselling and support service for children and young people, accessible through your mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use - available for 10 to 19 year olds in Kirklees, from 12pm to 10pm on weekdays and from 6pm to 10pm on weekends
  • make an urgent appointment to see your doctor or call 111 if it is out of hours
  • call the Thriving Kirklees Single Point of Access team on 01924 492183 - available Mondays to Fridays from 8am to 8pm and Saturdays from 9.30am to 12pm

Here are some websites that give tips and advice on managing anxiety and maintaining good mental health and wellbeing

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Looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak 

Coronavirus and your wellbeing (for young people) 

Looking after your mental health

Information in other languages includes mental health advice in Polish, Punjabi, Romanian and Urdu.

Here are some videos about Coronavirus and COVID-19 and the way our lives have changed

   

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 4 January 2021, only children of critical workers and vulnerable children and young people should attend school or college. All other pupils and students will receive remote education.

Vulnerable children and young people include those who:

  • are assessed as being in need under section 17 of the Children Act 1989, including children and young people who have a child in need plan, a child protection plan or who are a looked-after child
  • have an education, health and care (EHC) plan
  • have been identified as otherwise vulnerable by educational providers or local authorities (including children’s social care services), and who could therefore benefit from continued full-time attendance, this might include:
    • children and young people on the edge of receiving support from children’s social care services or in the process of being referred to children’s services
    • adopted children or children on a special guardianship order
    • those at risk of becoming NEET (‘not in employment, education or training’)
    • those living in temporary accommodation
    • those who are young carers
    • those who may have difficulty engaging with remote education at home (for example due to a lack of devices or quiet space to study)
    • care leavers
    • others at the provider and local authority’s discretion including pupils and students who need to attend to receive support or manage risks to their mental health

The Education, Health and Care needs assessments and plans guidance on temporary legislative changes relating to corona virus’ 2020 was withdrawn on 28th September 2020 and as a result, statutory duties have returned to guidance outlined in the SEN and Disability Code of Practice 2015.

Schools/colleges have had to make significant changes to the way they deliver education to ensure the education environment is as safe as possible from the risk of coronavirus. The withdrawal of the temporary legislative changes mean that the statutory duties for children and young people with SEND remain the same as before the pandemic and that we must use our best endeavours to secure the educational provision in section F of the EHC Plan.

This means that EHCP reviews, assessments and provision is back to normal and the expectation is that settings carry on putting in the extra support required by EHCP's, carry out reviews and continue to submit EHC assessment requests.  Parents can also continue to submit EHC assessment requests.

Last updated: 19/01/2021

Useful links

Kirklees Council Covid-19 information

Coronavirus help and advice