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Government release letter for families who have clinically vulnerable children

The Government have released an open letter to all families & carers of children & young people with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities.

It comes from the Government Department of Children & Families and highlights the need for individual circumstances to be considered in relation to the current national lockdown restrictions.

The full letter is attached below but an important paragraph reads:

The Department of Health & Social Care guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable children is not compulsory, although parents are strongly advised to follow the guidance in order to keep their child safe. However, in some exceptional circumstances parents whose children are clinically extremely vulnerable may need to balance the health risk with the wider implications associated with the child or young person not attending their usual education setting and accessing the support that would normally be delivered through this placement. This may be based on the level of support that a child or young person needs, their ability to access remote education and additional services such as therapies, and the impact on wellbeing for the wider family of their child being at home full time. In these circumstances, parents, education settings, health professionals and local authorities should work together to agree the best arrangement for that individual child or young person and their family to ensure that they continue to receive the support they need.  

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