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Sector leaders feedback to Minister Vicky Ford on what the latest lockdown means for children and young people with SEND

On 12 November, NNPCF co-chairs Tina Emery and Mrunal Sisodia joined a small group of leaders from the SEND sector to brief the Children and Families Minister on the experience of families in the latest Covid 19 lockdown.

In preparation for the meeting, the NNPCF steering group prepared a briefing paper which was shared with leaders across government and the NHSE. You can fine a copy of our briefing here:

In our meeting we raised the following points:

  • The impact on services of children being labelled as clinically extremely vulnerable, especially young people over the age of 18 with Down’s syndrome
  • The importance of respite care
  • Confusion and anxiety faced by many families around shielding and contact with family members and carers
  • The huge variation in the experiences of children and young people in schools including those accessing remote education. We particularly emphasised regional differences between those areas with high infection rates where there has already been extensive disruption.

We also recognised that many of the lessons from the first nationwide lockdown have been learnt with many essential exemptions and reasonable adjustments incorporated into the guidance from the beginning.

The group also touched on the ongoing SEND review. The Minister has asked for further briefings with the NNPCF co-chairs on this subject and we will keep you up to date.

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