Northumberland IASS Bulletin

29th June 2020
We hope you are all continuing to keeping safe and well.
This is our third interim bulletin, sharing with you information and links to various websites that could be useful to you and your family.  Additional information links have been added under organisation names below.
Northumberland IASS (Information, Advice and Support Service)
Please visit our website for information and resources about how we can support you  
Our website can also be accessed via the Northumberland County Council website Information, Advice and Support Service.
Raising awareness of Northumberland IASS
Thank you if you have already answered our questions in the link below.  Your feedback has been very helpful.

There is still time to give us feedback if you haven't answered our three questions and enter our prize draw.  

We want to ensure that all children and young people in Northumberland with SEND (special educational needs and/or disabilities), their parents and the professionals who work with them are aware of the IAS Service.

To help us raise awareness of Northumberland IASS, would you mind taking a few minutes to answer the three questions in this link?  We really value your feedback.

Please let us know your name and contact details at the end of the form if you would like to be entered in a prize draw to win a Northumberland IASS recyclable water bottle and eco-friendly bamboo pen (5 sets of prizes available).

Closing date for entries: Tuesday 30 June 2020.
SEND Transport
Northumberland County Council has updated the home to school transport information handbook for parents and carers of children with special educational needs.  A copy of this is available to view via this link or on the School Transport webpage.

Northumberland Youth Service - Home Challenge
To help keep young people active at this time, Northumberland Youth Service has come up with the 'Northumberland Home Challenge'.

The task is to complete 6 challenges over the next few weeks.  Document all achievements, submit the evidence of what you have completed and you will receive a certificate and a chance to win one of their online vouchers to spend.

- You must be residing in Northumberland during the lockdown phase of Covid19.
- Challenges must be completed during the lockdown phase.
- You must send through evidence that you have completed the challenges to receive your certificate and be in with a chance to win the vouchers.

All information including the work booklet can be viewed on the website:

Financial Support for Children with SEND
The Government has announced financial support for children with special educational needs and disabilities in England of £37.3 million in 2020-21. Families with children that have complex needs and disabilities can receive grants for vital equipment to make their lives easier while implementing social distancing measures, including computers, specialist equipment and educational toys. £10 million of the total has been committed specifically in response to the unique difficulties presented by the coronavirus pandemic, helping parents educate and look after disabled or critically ill children who are staying at home more than usual. The funding and guidance on how to apply is available through the link below. The grants are typically worth £400 to £500 per family but vary depending on need. - Children and young people's online counselling and support service
Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group has launched a free, safe and anonymous online mental health and emotional wellbeing support service for children and young people aged between 11 - 25 years.  Young people can access the service at and can use its features as soon as they register.  It can be accessed via computer, smartphone or tablet device, so increasing the options available to young people, especially at this difficult period of time.


Advice and support
Anna Freud - National Centre for children and families
Council for Disabled Children
Family Fund
National Autistic Society
The Government has clarified guidance on exercise (9th April 2020), stating that people with learning difficulties or autism can leave the house for exercise more than once a day and can travel outside of their local area under current lockdown measures.
NHS - Covid19
Special Needs Jungle
Stop Domestic Abuse
Together for Short Lives
Young Minds
Online resources
Atom Learning
Audible stories
BBC Bitesize