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COVID-19
23/03/2020

At the current time, SENDiass4BCP staff are working from home.  We have changed our answerphone message to encourage parents/carers and young people to email their enquiry rather than telephone, as the offices aren't being staffed.

SENDiass4BCP staff will continue to offer telephone and email support rather than face to face. This is in line with government advice around social distancing and maintaining a safe distance between individuals.

We are changing our methods of contact based on wider advice - but at the current time, it's business as usual in terms of offering information and advice. 

Please check in with this website, as it will contain updates, as the situation changes.

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Government Clarifies Guidance on Exercise
15/04/2020

This news article is taken from: https://www.autism.org.uk/get-involved/media-centre/news/2020-04-09-guidance-on-exercise-coronavirus.aspx

 

We are really pleased that the Government has listened to the voices of autistic people and their families and amended national guidance on how often some people can leave their home during the coronavirus outbreak. 

The rules originally said that no-one could leave their home for exercise more than once a day, and they had to stay close to home. We told the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) that going outside for exercise is very important to the health and wellbeing of many children and adults on the autism spectrum. Sometimes, autistic people may need to go to quieter places, away from other people, even if these places are further away from their home. They may also need to be accompanied by a carer or support worker who is not someone they live with.

People got in touch to tell us that they were worried about this. Some said they had been stopped by the police for going out with carers, or judged by members of the public for going out too often. We shared these experiences with the Government, along with other charities and campaigners. Lawyers acting for two families with autistic children also challenged the Government on this.

The Government has now published new guidance making clear that, if you’re autistic or have a learning disability, you can leave your home more than once a day and travel beyond your local area if this is important to your health. If you need carers with you, they don’t have to stay the two metres apart from you that is usually required by social distancing. However, it is still important to be careful and only go out when you really need to, to reduce the chance of getting ill or infecting other people.

We have told the Government that they must now make sure that the police know what the guidance says about autistic people, so that people aren’t challenged inappropriately or made to feel unnecessarily anxious.

Jane Harris, Director of External Affairs at the National Autistic Society, said: “Our own careworkers and those of our members, have been challenged by both the public and police officers about social distancing when they are doing their best to support autistic people to exercise and get out and about. 

"Even seemingly small changes can feel catastrophic to autistic children and adults, so the coronavirus pandemic has been exceptionally challenging for the 700,000 autistic people in the UK and their families. Going out for a walk is an important part of many autistic people’s routine and changing that may jeopardise their health and safety. 

“Some autistic people might need someone to go with them on a walk or a trip to the shops and careworkers may need to link arms with them, simply to keep them safe. Some could need more than one person with them. If members of the public or police rush to judge, they might think this is someone ignoring the rules of social distancing. But it’s actually vital for that person’s safety and wellbeing. 

“It’s so important that the public and the police understand how this worldwide pandemic is affecting all autistic people, and how they can help.”



Offer of support from Kooth
07/01/2021

Welcome to 2021

In light of the new restrictions that have just been introduced I would like to remind you that Kooth.com is available in your area for young people aged 11 - 18 for free, safe and anonymous wellbeing support and advice, accessible from any internet enabled device.

Following my previous mailings and offer of virtual or recorded assemblies and staff refresher sessions, I continue to receive requests for these.

If you would like to book virtual support, please do get in touch rpotter@kooth.com.

 

Please note the upcoming Live Forums on Kooth for young people to access during January are as follows:

Wednesday 6th January – New Year, New Opportunities... To Build and Develop Resilience

Welcome to 2021! After one of the most difficult years many of us have ever experienced, it’s time to turn towards the future and look at how we can look at the new year as a chance for new opportunities. We’ll be focusing on what we have learnt in the last 12 months and how we can build on this shared knowledge to help develop our resilience.

Friday 15th January – ADHD & Me: Symptoms, Emotions and Coping Skills

Tonight we want to talk about ADHD, from what the symptoms are, how it can make you feel, as well as ideas for coping. So, if you are living with ADHD, know someone with it, or would just like to know more about ADHD then please come along to join us tonight!

Monday 18th January – Supporting a Friend After a Crime

It can be really difficult to hear a friend has experienced crime. Whether they were a victim or a perpetrator sometimes it can be hard to know what to say or do to support our friend whilst also keeping ourselves safe. So tonight, as part of our VOC project, we’re going to hopefully share some lovely ideas to work together to see what support after a crime could look like.

Friday 29th January – Learning to Be and Showing Your True Self

What is your true self? How do you know what it is? And, how do you show it? In this live forum those are some of the questions we’re hoping to answer! We’re going to be sharing ideas, tips and experiences with one another, and will also be talking about what to do if it’s not safe for you to be your true self. So we really do hope you’ll be able to come join us!

 

Live forums can be found in the discussion boards and go online at 7.30pm on the evening they are planned. They are moderated in real time until 9.00pm.

 

Upcoming Kooth content for January includes -

Various topics focusing on Male Mental Health

Wellbeing quiz

Relationship communication styles

Sport and wellbeing

How to: stay hopeful

Kooth reviews – Fantastic Beasts

Global/eco anxiety

The creative power of storytelling (for national storytelling week 30th Jan – 6th Feb)

 

Please feel free to contact me at rpotter@kooth.com should you have any further queries or require additional support.

Warm regards

Rachel

 

Rachel Potter (she/her)

Integration & Participation Worker | South West Team

 

www.koothplc.com



 

 

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