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COVID 19 - SEND updates and resources

Easy read and support resources about COVID 19


Please find below some resources that may be helpful for parent and carers of children and young people with SEND or children and young people themselves. We recommend that you read this page and also click this link to the wellbeing resources (opens a new window) on the other COVID 19 section in the Community section of this website.

Lockdown Rules

Mencap Easy Read Guide to the National Lockdown (pdf)

Covid-19 vaccination: your questions answered

Contact has put together some questions and answers about the Covid-19 vaccination (opens a new window)

Keep Safe

There are a range of posters about various aspects of Coronavirus, including lockdown and vaccines, in Easy Read versions along with audio versions (opens a new window) on the Keep Safe website.


Advice from the NHS about face coverings
Masks and Face Coverings

Latest guidance and advice about face covering and masks is available on the Council websites:

Face coverings/masks advice on the Richmond Council website (opens a window)

Face coverings/masks advice on the Kingston Council website (opens a window)

Exemption cards or badges 

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.

Residents in Richmond can apply for a pin badge (opens a new window) that can be worn to explain to others why they are not wearing a mask or face covering. 

There are templates of exemption cards on the GOV.UK website (open a new window).  


This video below about the "new normal" is from Reaching Families (opens a new window)
This video has been published by the East London NHS Foundation Trust


Other useful links


Professor Nicola Martin at London South Bank University has produced some ideas for autistic pupils and students and their parents/carers during Coronavirus (Covid-19) which can be found here (opens a new window).

Place2Be – Guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing (opens a new window)

Young Minds - Talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing (opens a new window)

Carers UK - Guidance for carers (opens a new window)

Council for Disabled Children (CDC) - Covid 19 resources and information (opens a new window)

Information from the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) for families and professionals about coronavirus and support for deaf children.

Families (opens a new window)

Professionals (opens a new window)

Beyond Words - wordless stories

Beating the Virus

This short wordless story will help people to understand what to do if you have Coronavirus and how to keep yourself and those who you care about safe. The story also shows how to safely help others who may be self-isolating.

Download here: (opens a new window)

Good Days and Bad Days During Lockdown

This wordless booklet is made up of scenes from existing Beyond Words stories looking at what makes a ‘good day’ and what makes a ‘bad day’. Scenes address social distancing, lockdown, mental health and daily routines.

Download here: (opens a new window)

Guides for families and carers 

Jack Plans Ahead for Coronavirus: a guide for family and carers

We know that if symptoms are severe then some people will be going into hospital, and this will be very frightening. This guide helps families and carers through the difficult conversations about planning end of life care.

Download here: (opens a new window)

When Someone Dies from Coronavirus: a guide for family and carers

Images from titles about death and bereavement to create a guide for families and carers to support conversations about how to respond when somebody dies from coronavirus.

Download here: (opens a new window)

Covibook – an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under, designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic (opens a new window)

English language version (pdf)

Public Health England (opens a new window) have produced an easy read version of their advice on the coronavirus for places of education.  You can download it here (opens a new window)