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This section provides current information on local services in Nottinghamshire.  This provision is likely to change over the coming days and weeks, and regular updates will be made as soon as possible. 

The six sub-content sections below will take you to:

  1. The County Council’s Coronavirus webpage, which contains lots of useful information and advice
  2. Information about returning to school in Nottinghamshire
  3. Mental health support services for children and young people transitioning back to education
  4. The Nottinghamshire community support and volunteering hub, which can assist vulnerable people during the pandemic
  5. The current provision of services by the County Council’s Integrated Children’s Disability Service
  6. Face covering rules and exemptions including rules within schools and colleges

The County Council is targeting its resources so that the most vulnerable people are safe and receive the support and assurances they need. Our services will reflect guidance in relation to gathering in groups and social distancing.

Our priority will be the safety of the most vulnerable, and it is important that if you have any safeguarding concerns that you immediately contact the Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0300 500 80 80 If you require an urgent response outside of working hours (08:30-17:00), contact the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 0300 456 4546. In an emergency please call 999. To report a crime please call 101.

Nottinghamshire County Council Coronavirus Webpage

Notitnghamshire County Council has a webpage, which contains lots of useful information and advice including:

You can acces the webpage through the following link: Notts County Council website

Return to School

Nottinghamshire Public Health Information

The Director for Public Health for Nottinghamshire, Jonathon Gribbin, gives advice to parents and carers on the return to school in the video below:


Back to School Information and FAQs

You can access answers to frequently asked questions, as well as information and guidance on the Nottinghamshire County Council website.

Nottinghamshire County Council Question and Answer Session:

Nottinghamshire County Council hosted and recorded an audio version of a live question and answer session for parents and carers around children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities returning to school. You can access this recording by playing the video below:

 

Other Organisations:

The following organisations have information and frequently asked questions and answers regarding the return to school in September:

Contact

Contact has also published lots of new back to school information for families in England. Parent carers can find everything they need to know about their child's return to school, including answers to some of their top concerns and questions, the latest government guidance and useful resources to help both them and child feel better prepared for the return to school in September.

Parent carers are also invited to join Contact’s Back to School Q&A session to ask the charity’s parent advisers their questions. Parent carers are encouraged to ask any questions they have about returning to school on the charity’s Facebook page on 27th August, between 2-4pm. On the day simply go to Contact’s Facebook page and post your questions in the special Back to School thread.

 

National Autistic Society

The National Autistic Society has produced a Back to school – a guide for parents Preparing your child for the return to school: which includes a table that lists the Government's recommended protective measures to reduce risks of spreading Covid-19, together with the potential positives and negatives, from an autistic child's point of view and questions that parents might ask school. 


Face Coverings in Schools and Colleges

In England, secondary schools will have the ''discretion'' to require face coverings in communal areas, where social distancing is not possible.

However, they will be mandatory for schools in parts of England that are under a local lockdown or facing extra government restrictions.

The new guidance extends to further education colleges but not to primary schools.

There is no requirement for pupils of any age to wear face coverings in classrooms during lessons, because the government says they could "inhibit learning".

Transport to School and face coverings

New guidance has been published on Transport to school and other places of education: autumn term 2020, which gives advice on safe travel to educational settings and managing risk. To complement the guidance, the Disability Unit and Public Health England have developed a new Face Coverings Exemptions Toolkit - Link here 

This toolkit contains some useful visual cards and posters to raise awareness and inform others of an individual’s exemption from using coverings and their rights.


SEND School Transport

For any child or young person who was accessing SEND transport prior to April 2020 firstly, please discuss with your child or young person’s school/educational setting their arrangements for return in September. The SEND transport team and schools are working together closely to ensure all children and young people’s transport needs are met for September 2020.

The SEND transport team will be writing to parents and carers during the summer holidays to confirm transport arrangements for September.

For any parents and carers who do not feel comfortable about their child or young person using usual school transport and is able to transport them themselves the County Council will offer the following to parents who choose to do this:

  • Mileage reimbursement – this is based on 22.6p per mile (4 trips per day) and paid in arrears. To reinstate transport, we will need at least two weeks’ notice, for some children we may need a little longer to put them back on transport this is dependent on their needs. We will need parents to complete a form to request this which can be found here.
  • Personal Budget (DTAP) – this is based on 45p per mile (4 trips a day). Where parents would like to transport their child on a more permanent basis they can apply for a personal budget. We would expect that parents who choose this option will do this for at least 1 academic year. To reinstate transport for these children we will need at least 4 weeks’ notice. We will need parents to complete a form to request this which can be found here.

FURTHER UPDATE:

For any parents and carers who are still awaiting an update regarding their SEND transport, please contact the customer service centre on 0300 500 80 80 who have up to date information regarding plans for transport.



Free school meals

For the latest information from Nottinghamshire County Council on free school meals please go to the Nottinghamshire County Council website.

 

Mental Health Support For Children and Young People transitioning back to education

For information on local mental health services  for young people in Nottinghamshire County please click here or on the image below:

 

Community support across Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire County Council, Ashfield District Council, Bassetlaw District Council, Browtowe Borough Council, Gedling Borough Council, Mansfield District Council, Newark and Sherwood District Council and Rushcliffe Borough Council are all working together to ensure we support residents as best we can during the Coronavirus outbreak.


Local help for vulnerable people

If you need support e.g getting help with food or medicines you can request support through the Nottinghamshire County Council Coronavirus Community Support Hub. To find out more go to the Nottinghamshire County Council website.

Alternatively, you can call our Customer Services Team on 0300 500 8080 between 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Text relay: If you are Deaf or can’t speak on the phone, contact us using Relay UK.  Download the Relay UK app or using your existing text phone prefix our dedicated text Relay number with the Relay UK code (18001) 

Contact us using Relay UK: 18001 01623 434 993


Food Banks

You can access details of food banks across Nottinghamshire on the Notts Help Yourself website.


Nottinghamshire Carers Hub

Integrated Children's Disability Service (ICDS)

The Nottinghamshire County Council Integrated children's Disability Service (ICDS) encompasses the following different services, who have outlined their current provision of services and contact information:


ICDS Specialist Support Service

The ICDS Specialist Support Service is now open to receive referrals from internal and external partner agencies. All new referrals will be subject to a triage process to ensure that resources are targeted at Children, Young People and Families in greatest need of support.  Demand levels are currently high, which means that there may be some delay in progressing non-urgent referrals.

The Service has modified its Saturday and Holiday Group offer in response to Covid-19 guidance but plans to re-establish more group-based provision subject to on-going risk assessment.


ICDS Occupational Therapy Team

The ICDS Occupational Therapy Team is currently completing home visits with use of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment.  Alternative methods continue to be used to provide services for families through telephone and video calls wherever possible.

ICELS (British Red Cross) is continuing to complete deliveries of standard stock and specialist equipment where families wish for these to go ahead, as doorstep drop-offs where possible. Minor adaptations and special equipment orders (processed through ICELS/British Red Cross) are now starting to be progressed which is requiring up to date information to be obtained from families regarding Covid-19 symptoms. If you are expecting an equipment delivery, please inform your Occupational Therapy worker as soon as possible if you (or a household member) receives a diagnosis of COVID19, self-isolates or develops a fever or persistent cough.

If you have any concerns regarding equipment or adaptations at home, please contact the ICDS Occupational Therapy Duty worker on 0115 8041273.


 ICDS Physical Disability Support Service (PDSS)

The ICDS Physical Disability Specialist Service has recommenced carrying out necessary visits in line with Covid 19 risk assessments and social distancing. Wherever possible this is without the child or young person being present to minimise any risks.

Staff training has continued to be provided. However due to the limitations imposed by Covid 19 the training is now in smaller groups and will remain so for the foreseeable future. Some training can be provided within the school environment but the Foundation 2 day course needs to be undertaken at the PDSS building to access the relevant equipment. The aim in September is to be able offer training to groups of 6 but this will be dependent on the “R” number at the time and may be adjusted accordingly. Whilst PDSS have put on extra courses the dates are being filled quickly so some compromise may be needed if multiple staff members require training.

The ICELS (British Red Cross) is delivering to schools and collecting equipment but they are aiming to keep down the number of visits they complete so it is important to have all items which require collection ready and available for when they arrive. If you have a breakdown or equipment needs repairing then please contact the Red Cross on 0345 1272911, and explain your situation, or alternatively contact Esme Hobbs (Team Manager) on 0115 804 0933 and we will try to resolve the problem for any child or young person attending education.  

The service continues to accept referrals.


ICDS Short Breaks Assessment and Review Team

To support the families during the 2nd lockdown and the recovery of Short Break provision in Nottinghamshire, the County Council has written to all Short Break providers informing them that it expects them to continue to deliver the commissioned service in line with their individual agreements. If any providers are not able to continue with their support, the Children’s Commissioning Team  shall be contacting families directly to discuss their options further.

The ICDS Short Breaks Assessment and Review Team is continuing to assess and review any new and existing short break packages and The Children’s Commissioning Team will continue its work to set up packages.

  • Provider Service (Minimum 96 Short Break Hours)

New Provider Service referrals have resumed, although providers are experiencing staff shortages due to positive Covid-19 tests and self-isolation. If The Commissioning Team have been out to tender and received negative responses, either of the following 2 options for Direct Payment can be explored. Providers should continue to support those families already referred to them in line with the individual agreements. If your provider is not offering support due to Covid-19 please contact the Children’s Commissioning Team at commissioning.team@nottscc.gov.uk.

  • Direct Payment Personal Assistant (PA) Service (Minimum 96 Short Break Hours)

New Direct Payments for PA Service referrals will continue to be processed and PA’s should continue to support families. If your PA is not offering support due to Covid-19 please contact the Children’s Commissioning Team at commissioning.team@nottscc.gov.uk.   

  • Direct Payments for Activities

New Direct Payments for Activities referrals will continue to be processed. The Council understands that some children and young people have been unable to access their usual Short Break provision for a variety of reasons. We want to offer these families the opportunity to use direct payment money more flexibly to support the development and stimulation of their children or young people through play and creativity. Details can be found here: (Insert Link)

  • Overnight Provision

For those children who receive overnight provision this will continue at present, however there may become a time when this provision will need to be reduced or ceased due to staff shortages and / or families needing to self-isolate.  However, the team will try to keep these services open for as long as possible and keep families fully informed.

Please note that if you have a Personal Assistant in place at present they should continue to work as usual unless they are sick or self-isolating. Any payments that are usually made to the PA will need to continue during any period of sickness and / or self-isolating period. However, if your PA doesn’t work regular hours then you do not need to make payment. If this is the case could you please contact the Commissioning Team on 0115 804 2677 or email commissioning.team@nottscc.gov.uk

Should you have any further queries or questions please contact:

sbassessment.review@nottscc.gov.uk

Or

commissioning.team@nottscc.gov.uk


ICDS Statutory Education, Health and Care Assessment Team

The ICDS Assessment Team is working within statutory timelines in line with the Special educational needs and disability code of practice:0-25 years.

Requests for EHC Assessments can be submitted via the usual routes. Decision making panels for Stage 1 and Stage 2 continue to be held virtually in line with Local Authority guidelines.

EHC Plans that are agreed are being progressed and contact from Case Workers is via telephone and email.  Case Workers may only attend face-to-face meetings where a virtual meeting cannot take place and where a risk assessment has taken place prior to the meeting. In accordance with the Local Authority guidelines, Annual Reviews will continue to be held within statutory timescales, these are mainly in educational settings. Where a member of ICDS has agreed attendance is necessary this will wherever possible be via telephone or video.

Tribunals are also continuing via telephone and video. We continue to monitor the impact of this and how we can further work with partners to action orders at a time when schools/services are working differently.

Families requiring any further information should contact the ICDS Assessment Team via:

Telephone 0115 804 1275 or Email:

Newark, Sherwood & Bassetlaw areas: icdsehcBandNSlocality@nottscc.gov.uk 

Mansfield and Ashfield areas: icdsehcMandAlocality@nottscc.gov.uk  

Broxtowe, Gedling and Rushcliffe areas: icdsehcBGRlocality@nottscc.gov.uk

Face Covering exemption Guidance and Cards

Current Government Measures and Guidance

Updated Information 14th July 2020:

The Government announced that from July 24th in England, you must wear a face covering by law in the following settings:

  • public transport
  • indoor transport hubs (airports, rail and tram stations and terminals, maritime ports and terminals, bus and coach stations and terminals)
  • shops and supermarkets (places which are open to the public and that wholly or mainly offer goods or services for retail sale or hire)
  • indoor shopping centres
  • banks, building societies, and post offices (including credit unions, short-term loan providers, savings clubs and money service businesses)

You are expected to wear a face covering immediately before entering any of these settings and must keep it on until you leave.

Those who have an age, health or disability reason for not wearing a face covering should not be routinely asked to give any written evidence of this, this includes exemption cards. No person needs to seek advice or request a letter from a medical professional about their reason for not wearing a face covering.

Some people may feel more comfortable showing something that says they do not have to wear a face covering.This could be in the form of an exemption card, badge or even a home-made sign.

This is a personal choice and is not necessary in law.

Access exemption card templates


What are the rules regarding face coverings in schools and colleges?

In England, secondary schools will have the ''discretion'' to require face coverings in communal areas, where social distancing is not possible.

However, they will be mandatory for schools in parts of England that are under a local lockdown or facing extra government restrictions.

The new guidance extends to further education colleges but not to primary schools.

There is no requirement for pupils of any age to wear face coverings in classrooms during lessons, because the government says they could "inhibit learning".


Face Covering Exemption Cards

Some people can’t wear a face mask or covering because of a disability or severe distress. These D.I.Y cards have been designed to help deal with public situations that might happen.

 

 

 

MySight Nottinghamshire has more information.


Transport to Schools and other places of education

New guidance has been published on Transport to school and other places of education: autumn term 2020, which gives advice on safe travel to educational settings and managing risk. To complement the guidance, the Disability Unit and Public Health England have developed a new Face Coverings Exemptions Toolkit - Link here 

This toolkit contains some useful visual cards and posters to raise awareness and inform others of an individual’s exemption from using coverings and their rights.

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