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Special Educational Needs & Disability Information, Advice & Support Service

Coronavirus Information for Professionals

With so much information about Coronavirus being published, we want to ensure you can easily access accurate information.

On this page, we have identified information that is relevant to supporting children and young people with special educational needs and or disabilities.

England wide guidance for schools, colleges and local authorities can be found on the website.

Southend Borough Council has a webpage and a Local Offer page here where you can find more up to date information.

Contact, the charity for families with disabled children, has a webpage with lots of information about support for children with disabilities and complex health needs, benefits and financial support and coping at home.


The Department for Education (DfE) Helpline

The Department for Education (DfE) helpline offers guidance to professionals with education-related questions on coronavirus within early years, primary and secondary schools, further education (6th form or college) and higher education (universities). They also provide information for parents, carers and young people.

Tel: 0800 046 8687 (open Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, and Saturday and Sunday 10am to 6pm), or email at 

IPSEA (Independent Provider of Special Educational Advice)

IPSEA has a page on their website giving information on how the COVID-19 measures will affect children and young people with special educational needs (SEN).