Local and national support for families​

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Keeping Children Safe from Abuse and Harm

This guidance brings together sources of information about the main risks children may be particularly vulnerable to during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and signposts you to help and support available.




Positive Approaches to Support

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation, the Tizard Centre, family carers and various other professionals and organisations have worked on the Positive Approaches to Support website (www.positiveapproachestosupport.co.uk) . This is a collection of resources to support families in supporting their child at home. The ideas are particularly aimed at families who have a young person who has behaviours that challenging.

The resources are set out in sections: looking after yourself (resources for carers), firm foundations (things about how to give your child a good day, increase communication and predictability and encourage skill development), responding to challenges (how to respond when things become difficult), and transitioning back (going back to e.g. school after COVID).

Please click on the link to find out more 



The NHS have YouTube videos on “Supporting Neurodiverse Children in Challenging Times (such as During Self-Isolation)” available in the following languages.

Arabic: https://youtu.be/FVXrz9_GYHw

English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXPtqmHKNoE

French:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vv9jHHqrDxc

German: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8YA7xgo1jI

Italian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dg433Hsu9Bs

Korean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtr82gmzvs0

Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rtt0qpLN_-Q


Self Isolating?

Charity H4All are working with Hillingdon Council offering a support service for residents who are most at risk.  For further dteails, please click the link below.



We have recently contacted Npower and they have two support options for customers who use payment meters, please click the link below

Npower Fuel Support


Hillingdon Educational Psychology Service 

Hillingdon Educational Psychology Service is providing a helpline for any parent or carer of children, who feels they would benefit from a consultation with a psychologist to support them with any concerns arising at this time, for them or their families. You might want to discuss anxiety, children’s emotional needs, daily structure, bereavement, how to best look after yourself etc.

For details of how to access the service, please click the link below

EPS Telephone Consultation Support


National Autistic Society

The National Autistic Society has guidance on coronavirus and tips for dealing with its impact​, please click the link below


The booklet in the link below has been developed by the National Autistic Society to provide information and support with a focus on support for well-being, please click the link below

Maintaining Well-being



Widget wants to help its community of symbol users during the Coronavirus crisis and so they are launching an extended and enhanced trial of individual Widgit Online accounts. The account will run for 30 days and will include access to the extensive range of Widgit Online resources and examples. Please click the link below

Widgit Online 31 March 2020


Food Bank

Hedgewood has partnered with Hillingdon Food Bank to provide food vouchers for families in crisis.  These vouchers provide short term and emergency food to families in the borough who are going through exceptionally difficult times.  If you have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and are struggling to pay for food, Hillingdon Food Bank can help to provide 3 days of emergency food and toiletries.

To discuss your need for emergency food please  contact our Family Services Manager, Ayo.

·        Email:     ayo@hedgewood.org

·        Telephone:   0208 845 6756 / 07340113423​

Contact Us

If you would like to find out more about Hedgewood School please do not hesitate in contacting us.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Hedgewood School
Weymouth Road, Hayes
Middlesex, UB4 8NF

Phone: 0208 8456756

Email: office@hedgewood.org

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