Complex additional support needs
Children and young people with complex additional support needs may have a broad range of needs, which require different support to be provided.
These include children and young people who: require a range of interventions and support to meet their needs; have complex health needs that require medical support which cannot be provided at home; have a disability where support required cannot be provided at home; attend a grant-aided special school or independent special school and would be considered as having complex additional support needs.
Decision making for this group
Local authorities, ELC settings and schools and those who work directly with children and young people with complex needs will be best placed to identify those who may be vulnerable if provision to meet their needs was not able to be continued, whilst ELC settings and schools are closed.
Learning at home
Wherever possible, children and young people with complex additional support needs should learn at home.
It is recognised however in some circumstances and in order to meet the needs of those children and young people, that it may be preferable for them to continue to learn in their ELC setting or school, to benefit from the care and support provided to them there.
Support for people with complex additional support needs
It is not possible to provide a definitive list of who should receive support. There are a number of factors which would lead to a decision to continue to provide support.
These would include whether or not appropriate support to meet the young person’s learning and care needs can be provided at home, and whether family members are able to meet young people’s needs, sustainably, during the period of ELC and school closure, recognising the demands of meeting particular pupil’s needs.
There should also be consideration given to the need to continue to provide stability, and continuity for young people with complex additional support needs.
Information for parents and carers
Parents and carers of children with complex additional support needs may decide to keep their children at home based on Health Protection Scotland guidance on COVID-19 where they are satisfied that their child’s needs can be met at home and as a preventative measure in relation to health concerns.
Residential special school arrangements
Independent and grant-aided special schools will, where possible, continue to provide residential provision when schools are closed, in order to continue to secure the wellbeing and safety of children and young people.
Please contact your local authority for information about the arrangements they are putting in place. Read the contact details for your local authority.