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Coronavirus: Changes to local SEND services

26th March 2020

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  • This page explains how services in Sheffield that support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities are responding to the coronavirus outbreak.

    As this is a quickly-evolving situation, we cannot guarantee that all the information will be correct at all times. We will update this page as soon as we learn about any changes.


    Further Education Colleges

    Sheffield College

    All face-to-face teaching at The Sheffield College has stopped until at least 14 April 2020.

    The College is providing support to vulnerable students, prioritising those with mental health problems, looked after children, young carers and those who are safeguarded.

    College staff will make daily contact with vulnerable students via email, text, online or phone calls. Staff have been provided with a list of services, available online and via telephone, that students can be signposted to, including mental health support.

    Where virtual learning is not possible for students, hard copies of maths, English and other resources have been sent home with students, or posted out to those who have not attended college. Included in this information is a guide for parents and carers, so that they can help their young person access remote learning.

    Two email addresses have been set up so the learners and their parents/carers can ask for help or information: HighNeedsLearning@sheffcol.ac.uk and CareerDiscoveryLearning@sheffcol.ac.uk

    Freeman College

    Freeman college has temporarily ceased its day provision, except to students whose parents are key workers and 52-week students. For these students, they are providing workshops and activities at their market garden site, where students are supported to pack veg boxes. Staff are distributing the veg boxes to the local community.


    Support services

    Autism Education Team

    The team are currently working on how to operate their helpline. There are technical and practical problems to solve. They will let us know how they are going to proceed, and we’ll post an update here once they are operational. They want to reassure parents that they will be doing their absolute best to provide a service.

    SSENDIAS

    SSENDIAS are still available to give you information and advice over the phone (0114 2736009) and by email (ssendias@sheffield.gov.uk). You may get an answerphone message when you ring them; please leave your name and number and they will call you back. If you email them, you will be sent an automatic message asking you to ring them, orr to redirect your email to another address. Please forward your message on, or call them on 0114 273 6009. They aim to get back you as soon as they can.

    If you have any upcoming meetings that SSENDIAS were going to support you with, please give them a call to discuss. For mediation and tribunals, you will receive direction from Collis Mediation or the tribunal to explain what will happen. Please let SSENDIAS know so that they can still support you.

    SNIPS clubs

    All short breaks daytime clubs closed on 27 March. The charging policy for SNIPS clubs, which was going to be introduced from 1 April 2020, has been postponed by one year. If you have any concerns, please contact SNIPS on 0114 2735368 or email SnipsBusinessSupport@sheffield.gov.uk

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