National advice and information

Latest NHS information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19)

Public Health England – Coronavirus Guidance and Support

Face covering exemptions – people who don’t have to wear a face covering

Stay alert and safe: social distancing guidance for young people

Young carers and young adult carers: providing care during coronavirus – Guidance and information for people under the age of 25 who are providing care for someone during the coronavirus outbreak.

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you’re already getting benefits – Guidance for people who were receiving benefits before the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing

Better Health – Every Mind Matters – Mental health campaign supports the wellbeing of children, young people and their parents.

Keeping children safe online – Advice and guidance to help parents and carers to keep children safe online during the coronavirus outbreak.

Access to Work Factsheet – guidance on starting or keeping a job if you have a disability or long term health condition

Somerset County Council affected services

Blue Badge – There may be some delay in processing applications.

Children With Disabilities – Most services are continuing as normal. Some short breaks have been cancelled.

Free school meals – You can find guidance on free school meals during the Coronavirus outbreak here

Health Visiting Service – We are available to offer support to schools that remain open during this time. We can be contacted by phone or email for all other School Nurse service support. We can signpost you to other providers for sexual health advice and support. We are offering some appointments in our bases.

Libraries – All libraries are closed at the moment but some are planning to re-open soon. You can find out more here. No overdue charges or additional hire charges will apply on any items during this time.

School Notifications – Closures and Partial Closures – Find details of schools that have let us know about closures or limited opening.

School admissions – Delays to progressing and hearing appeals.

School Nursing – We are available to offer support to schools that remain open during this time. We will be contactable by phone or email for all other School Nurse service support. We can signpost you to other providers for sexual health advice and support.

School Transport – You can find school transport guidance for September 2020 here and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) transport guidance for September 2020 here

You can find a full list of Somerset County Council affected services here

Latest Coronavirus updates from Somerset County Council can be found here

For information and advice, read Somerset County Council’s pages on Coronavirus or phone the dedicated helpline

Other links and information you may find useful

Activities for children during COVID-19

Beating the virus – Illustrated guide created by Beyond Words

Disabled Children’s Partnership have a help and support page

Exploring the new Coronavirus – A comic just for kids

Face coverings on First Bus service – If you, or someone you care for have a face covering exemption and you are unable to wear a face covering please be prepared to inform the bus driver and show an Extra help to Travel card (Journey assistance card). You can download the card here.

Frome Town Council Support Services Information – support for families in Frome

Healthy Somerset – Health and wellbeing in Somerset

Mindline Somerset – One to one support– Coronavirus emotional support helpline: 01823 276892. Available Monday – Friday 9am to 11pm, Saturday and Sunday 8pm to 11pm

Resources for parents of children with additional needs during COVID-19

School is closed – Social story in pictures

Self isolation guide for carers – Coping with COVID-19 isolation, booklet produced by Community Child Health and Children’s Occupational Therapy

Somerset Carers Service are keeping their website up to date with key info and still have their advice lines available for carers.

Somerset Parent Carer Forum are keeping their Facebook pages and website as up to date as possible.

Somerset SENDIAS – provides information, advice and support about Special Educational Needs and Disability for parent carers, children and young people (up to the age of 25).

Somerset Survivors – Domestic abuse help and advice

Staying at home and staying safe – Picture communication

Support for children with Autistic Spectrum Condition and their families during the COVID-19 isolation

What is Coronavirus? – Booklet produced by Little Puddins The Autism Educator

Young Somerset are doing their best to make sure they are still able to support Young People. Keep checking the Young Somerset Website and Social Media in case there is something useful for the Young people who use the services.

Links to District Council information and advice

Mendip District Council
Sedgemoor District Council
South Somerset District Council
Somerset West and Taunton