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The information on Coronavirus on these web pages has been written and compiled by West Sussex Parent Carer Forum and Reaching Families using trusted local and national resources. Given the picture is changing daily we cannot take responsibility for the information or any actions taken as a result. We will be adding more information as and when we receive it so please keep visiting these pages to stay up-to-date.

Keeping Well

It’s been proven that proper hand washing is our number one defence against the Coronavirus. But how many of us are really doing it properly? We found this really helpful guide on the internet, so wanted to share it with you (slightly amended to reflect English, rather than American, vocabulary).

6 Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way:

  • Step 1: Wet hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off tap and apply soap
  • Step 2: Lather hands by rubbing them together with soap. Lather the BACKS of your hands, BETWEEN your fingers, and UNDER your nails.
  • Step 3: Scrub hands for at least 20 seconds (I recommend 30 seconds or 1 round of the ABC song).
  • Step 4: Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Step 5: Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
  • Step 6: Turn off tap with your elbows, wrists, or paper towel, not your freshly-cleaned hands!

If you want to make hand washing a bit more fun, watch this video from Purple All Stars for some inspiration!

Coronavirus and SEND

Although it isn’t possible for us to cover every type of disability of special need, we thought it would be helpful to provide some links to some specialist sites who might be able to help and support you during these unprecedented times.


Carol Gray’s social story is a helpful resource for helping your child or young person with autism to understand the current situation.

Mencap have also produced a helpful easy read document.

Cerebral Palsy & Physical Disabilities

The government’s guide on social distancing is a good starting point for people who are most at risk from the coronavirus.

Down Syndrome

The Down’s Syndrome Association have produced an easy-read document about Coronavirus, which you can download here.

Learning Disabilities

The government has provided guidance for adults with a learning disability about social distancing. This could be useful for parents who have a child/young person aged 16+. It can be accessed here.


If your child has a profound and multiple learning disability, you may find WellChild, the UK Children’s charity for seriously ill children, a useful starting point.