Coronavirus and COVID-19 planning

This area has been set up to facilitate the sharing of documents relating to Coronavirus/ COVID-19 planning by local authorities in the South East region.

If you have content that you think may be useful to colleagues across the region please contact Isabelle Gregory (details below). This is a public area of the website and we have also set up a restricted-access page accessed from here for documents that are not suitable for public sharing. 

This page is organsied into the following sections:

  • National CV-19 resources (opposite)
  • Ofsted & DfE Guidance and updates (bottom right)
  • Distance working resources, including videoconferencing and on-line safety (below)
  • Education and schools, including home learning (below)
  • Focus on social work (below)
  • Focus on SEND (below)

National CV-19 sources

Guidance for health professionals, other organisations as well as the public, including sampling and diagnostics guidance and forms.

UK C-19 Collection of C-19 guidance pages

 Guidance and resources for children’s services, including an aggregated list of all relevant guidance.

ADCS C-19 page


Guidance and resources from LGA and our key partners, including latest official Government information relevant to local government.

LGA C-19 page


Cafcass COVID-19 Guidance for children and families

Cafcass C-19 Guidance

Distance working resources, including videoconferencing and on-line safety

We are all using remote meeting platforms, so here is some very helpful guidance on video meetings and pros/ cons of different platforms from National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement, with some useful downloadable cue cards for group engagement on a video conference here.

Guidance from NCSC about how to prepare your organisation and staff for an increase in home working, and advice on spotting coronavirus (COVID-19) scam emails.

New video-conferencing guidance for individuals and organisations from NSCS

Safety precautions for videoconferencing from JISC can be found here.

March round-up document from National Cyber Security Centre, focus on working from home safely.

Education and schools, including home learning

Advice for schools with no experience of remote learning tools, cloud-based platforms or access to a virtual learning platform from NEN

Downloadable copies of cyber security information cards for schools from National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

Set of useful distance learning resources from SEGfL, including issues around safeguarding

SWGfL Cyber Security Advice during Coronavirus

Safeguarding advice from LGfL including advice about working with Zoom. This includes sections aimed at parents and children, all staff, senior leadership teams and safeguarding leads

Focus on social work, children in care and the secure estate 

Please see opposite for DfE guidance links.

Social Work England's C-19 page

A partnership between Social Work England, the DfE and the DfHSC and LGA, Social Work Together helps registered Social Workers match their skills and attributes with employers who need them during the CV19 crisis. 

LGA Working with children’s services providers during COVID-19: guidance note for commissioners

Changes To London Child Protection Procedures in Response to CV19

Darlington Safeguarding Partnership Briefing v2

Peer Information for Young People in the Secure Estate – WHAT IS COVID-19?

Focus on SEND

Here is the joint ministerial letter re EHC plan temporary Guidance to children and young people with SEND and their parents and carers, with an accompanying presentation.  (Guidance document opposite).

Please click here to access our SEND-specific COVID-19 newflashes, including Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service Guidance on COVID-19 hearing arrangements and an open letter to children and young people with SEND, their parents, families and others who support them from Vicky Ford, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families. You can also find links to the the new CDC ongoing FAQ pages.

SW Region mental health and well-being resources for parents and schools which are shut down

NW SEND Network Coronavirus Resources Newsletter

Views from IPSEA about the implications for parents of children with EHCPs of the changes to the responsibilities of LAs and schools. 


Thank you to colleagues at West Midlands for their useful aggregated list of governmental and other agency guidance with specific interest to Children's Services / Local Government, which you can access here

Responding to COVID-19: the ethical framework for adult social care is here

News and insights (all topics)

Please find below extracts from SESLIP consultant newsletters for COVID-19 updates

Emergency Legislation enacted to Reduce Pressure on Children’s Services during CV19 Pandemic (01.05.2020)

EIF report (April 2020): Covid-19 and early intervention: Evidence, challenges and risks relating to virtual and digital delivery (01.05.2020)

Community Care article on DfE Guidance (07.04.2020)

Parliamentary Committee inquiry into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic (22.04.2020)

Contact Details

Isabelle Gregory
07931 586784