Supporting your children with ASC during COVID-19 isolation 3 April, 2020

It’s a time of huge uncertainty which is particularly challenging for children with autism and their families as we self-isolate or distance ourselves from friends, family and other support. This is vital to stop the spread of Covid 19 and normal routines and structures are gone temporarily, and we are…

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What can we do during coronavirus lockdown? 3 April, 2020

We’re all coming to terms with the fact that our holidays and activities are on hold for the foreseeable future. Our Children’s Inclusion and Activity team unfortunately cannot provide grant funded and planned activities, drop in clubs, and will not provide activity passes or Max Card for activities due to…

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Here’s a thank you to our fantastic schools and education staff 3 April, 2020

The fantastic response of Somerset’s schools and education staff to the coronavirus emergency has been praised on a local and national level. Schools, colleges and Early Years providers across the county are playing a vital role in keeping frontline services running as they remain open for the children of key…

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We’re all in this together! A teacher blogs from the home education frontline… 26 March, 2020

This week has seen many parents become first time home educators – some more willingly taking up the mantle than others – and that’s completely understandable. My message to you is please don’t be daunted, just do the best you can. The role of home educator comes with a range…

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School and coronavirus – some helpful questions and answers! 26 March, 2020

These are difficult times and as parents you’re trying to work out what’s best for you and yours. We’ve put together some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) with some answers which should provide you with the guidance you need. But please remember this is a fast-moving situation and…

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Unsung Heroes are honoured 26 March, 2020

This year’s Unsung Heroes celebration event for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities was a night to remember. The Unsung Heroes event was designed by The Unstoppables, Somerset Parent Carer Forum CIC and the Engagement and Participation team at Somerset County Council. The events aim is to acknowledge and celebrate individuals who strive to improve the outcomes for children and young people who…

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Virtual coffee evening – we can still meet 26 March, 2020

It’s tough at the moment not being able to meet face to face for support and chats. That’s why the Somerset Parent Carer Forum has set up a virtual coffee evening so you can get together in the comfort of your kitchen or front room. As we are all unable…

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Discover the great indoors 26 March, 2020

Okay – so we’re all stuck inside and your wracking your brains over how to keep the children busy and exercised. The NHS has put together a fantastic online collection of activities to help them make the best of the great indoors. You can find these on the Change4life page.…

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SENDIAS – here for you during crisis 26 March, 2020

Somerset SENDIAS has developed contingency measures to ensure that the service remains open and available to all families over the coming weeks and months during the COVID-19 disruption.   Or click here https://choices.somerset.gov.uk/025/send/somerset-sendias/  

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COVID-19: Supporting vulnerable young people 23 March, 2020

It’s a worrying time for everyone – imagine if you’re a young person with mental health issues or special educational needs and/or disability (SEND). Thankfully there’s some great resources out there offering advice, guidance and support. Supporting young people with mental health issues:  Somerset Children Health and Wellbeing website has…

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