Latest on child development services in Brighton & Hove

Despite the second lockdown, Child Development Services in Brighton & Hove are still continuing to see children, young people and families. They are offering support both remotely and face-to-face as required, and staff have been busy visiting schools and pre-school settings wearing appropriate PPE.

Lucy Domoney, General Manager for Child Development Services in Brighton & Hove, says, “We are keen to reassure parents and carers that we currently do not anticipate any of our staff being redeployed. We recognise the importance of staff continuing to support children with special educational needs. We are focusing on restoring our services and are working hard to see any children who have waited a long time”.

Staff have been making more online resources and videos for families and are providing training workshops remotely.

Sussex Community Foundation Trust are currently rolling out testing for staff who work with children and young people face to face. This will help identify any staff who are not showing symptoms of Covid, in order to prevent the spread of infection.

Ratna Sundrum, Medical Lead at Seaside View Child Development Centre, told us, “We are putting in place a range of measures to reduce the waiting time for children who require an assessment for autism and restart the Joint Complex Clinic. We are committed to working with PaCC, Amaze and Brighton & Hove Inclusion Support Service (BHISS) to listen to parent carer feedback and we are looking at what we can offer families whilst they are on the autistic spectrum condition (ASC) pathway at Seaside View”.

If you have any more questions about services during Covid-19, visit our Coronavirus advice and support section

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