We are working with partners across Lambeth and London to ensure that children with special educational needs in Lambeth are supported during the coronavirus outbreak.

In line with Government advice we are doing everything we can to slow the spread of coronavirus. This includes stoping all non-essential meetings and minimising direct contact between staff. This is likely to have a knock on effect on EHCP Co Production meetings, annual review meetings and other such meetings. In some cases this might make it difficult to meet statutory guidelines.

We are working hard to minimise disruption through written and online communication but apologise for any delays that occur as a result of the measures required to protect everyone’s safety and welfare. If you have urgent concerns in the meantime please contact us in the usual way and if a Coordinator is not at work, your call will be diverted to someone who can help you.

We know that you will be concerned about the nursery/school/college closures and what this will mean for your children’s education and well-being. We want to reassure you that we are working with Early Years settings, mainstream schools, special schools and schools outside of our borough, to ensure that our children with special educational needs are being thought about carefully.

Contact the team

SEND Tel: 020 7926 9460

General enquiries: sendsupport@lambeth.gov.uk

Annual Reviews: AnnualReviews@lambeth.gov.uk

Do all children and young people with an EHC plan need to continue at school?

Schools, colleges, other training providers and local authorities will need to consider the needs of all children and young people with an EHC plan, alongside the views of their parents, and make a risk assessment for each child or young person. They will need to consider a number of different risks to each individual, including:

  • the potential health risks to the individual from COVID-19, bearing in mind any underlying health conditions. This must be on an individual basis with advice from an appropriate health professional where required
  • the risk to the individual if some or all elements of their EHC plan cannot be delivered at all, and the risk if they cannot be delivered in the normal manner or in the usual setting
  • the ability of the individual’s parents or home to ensure their health and care needs can be met safely
  • the potential impact to the individual’s wellbeing of changes to routine or the way in which provision is delivered

Tips for health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak

Lambeth Educational Psychology Service has put together some advice and guidance for parents and carers about how to support the wellbeing and learning of their children during the coronavirus outbreak.

Other information about coronavirus in Lambeth

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