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Kooth mental health support for young people

Kooth is a free and safe online mental health and wellbeing support service for young people. Kooth provide support to anyone aged 11-19, from online counselling to self help tools, to a community of young people offering peer support to each other.

With current COVID-19 restrictions in place, young people are spending more of their time at home with their families. Kooth would like to extend their offer of sessions for parents and carers, so they can hear how and why Kooth can be an appropriate support for their children.

The session will involve:

  • An overview of Kooth and how we support young people 
  • A live demonstration of the service
  • A Q&A to ask us anything you want to know about Kooth.

There are two dates scheduled for these parent/carer sessions, Monday 14th December and Monday 21st December. You can register a place on either of these sessions via Eventbrite:

Alternatively, you can also email omurphy@kooth.com to book a place.

COVID-19 advice and support on new restrictions

Please read the following open letter from Vicky Ford, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), their families and carers and those who work to support them.

Following the introduction of the new national restrictions on 5th November, this letter provides advice and guidance on several issues, including school attendance, children who are clinically extremely vulnerable, remote education, face coverings in education settings, respite, health services for children and young people with SEND, and the new winter package to provide support for children and young people and their families.

Short Breaks Survey for young people with SEND

Are you a young person with special educational needs or disabilities? Wigan Council would like to find out what groups and activities you have taken part in, as well as your ideas for activities you would enjoy.

SEND survey feedback

Earlier this year a consultation was carried out with young people with SEND and their parents regarding the re-opening of schools to all pupils in September 2020.

SEND bulletin for parents

Wigan Parent Carer Forum and Wigan Council have created a SEND bulletin for parents, with updates and information including training, events and resources.

Re-opening of schools to all pupils in September 2020

North West SEND Regional Network

This is a partnership of local, regional and national organisations and groups supporting children and young people with SEND and their families.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

We will continue to update you on what we're doing to ensure children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) have access to education during the COVID-19 pandemic. Keep checking this page for further updates.

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We are always looking for feedback on the content of the Local Offer. We are required to report on any feedback that we receive and what we have done in response to it.  You can find a link to our latest report above.

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