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We want the views of parents and carers of young people with Special Educational Needs and or Disabilities (SEND), to help shape support services

Parents and carers of young people with Special Educational Needs and or Disabilities (SEND) are being encouraged to share their views about the services they receive in their local area.

Working with the Sefton Parent and Carer Forum, Sefton Council has launched the ‘SEND Parent and Carer Spring 2021 survey’, to gather information about services in health, education and social care.

This follows the ‘SEND Parent and Carer survey’ that was carried out in November 2019, which gave an insight into whether people are seeing an improvement in the help and support they are receiving.

The 2021 survey will help us continue to understand what is going well, where improvements can be made and enable the SEND Continuous Improvements Board to monitor experience, involvement and satisfaction.

We are encouraging as many people who are involved with SEND services to complete the survey. Entries will also be put into a prize draw to win one of three £50 shopping vouchers.

Cllr John Joseph Kelly, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Schools & Safeguarding, said:

“The views and experiences of parents and carers are invaluable in making sure that children and young people with Special Educational Needs and or Disabilities (SEND) receive the education, health and social care that they deserve.

“We want to make sure we are delivering the best services possible and I would therefore, encourage people to fill in the survey to make their voices heard.

Cllr. Paul Cummins, Chair of Sefton’s SEND Continuous Improvements Board said:

 “Our main aim is to continue to improve the lives of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and or Disabilities (SEND), as well as their families and support networks.”

“The information taken from the survey is vital as it will help us shape how we deliver our services to them, even more effectively.”

Follow the link to complete the survey which is open until the 26th March 2021:

Remaining March coronavirus testing facilities across Sefton for those with symptoms

Testing for people with symptoms 

One again in March, drive-through Mobile Testing Units will be available across the Borough. These sites are for those with symptoms – a new persistent cough, a high temperature or a loss of sense of taste or smell – and can be booked by calling 119 or visiting

Planned dates and sites may be subject to change if testing is required in other locations:

Remaining dates and locations for March 2021  


  • Wednesday 24 March – Ainsdale
  • Thursday 25 March – NO MOBILE TESTING
  • Friday 26 March – Litherland
  • Saturday 27 March – Southport
  • Sunday 28 March – Southport
  • Monday 29 March – Ainsdale
  • Tuesday 30 March – Ainsdale
  • Wednesday 31 March – Ainsdale

Walk-through test centres

In addition, local walk-through test centres are open every day from 8am to 8pm, providing easy access to COVID-19 tests for people who do not have access to a car and for those who have symptoms and should not travel by public transport.

The four local test centres are located at:

  • Bootle Town Hall, L20 7AA
  • Crosby Library Car Park, Haigh Road, L22 OLQ
  • Netherton Activity Centre, Glovers Land, L30 3TL
  • Southport Town Hall, PR8 1DA

Those with symptoms seeking tests, need to book ahead of going to either the walk-through or drive-through sites. It’s quick and easy to book by calling 119 or going online at


Should any Sefton resident be required to self-isolate, this means that they must not leave home. Support and advice for anyone who must self-isolate is available here on the Council’s website, including information on financial support.

SMART testing

Only key workers and those with caring commitments during the lockdown should now go for a SMART test if they have no COVID-19 symptoms.

Full details about testing in Sefton are available on the Council’s website.


Statement: People urged not to travel to the coast under lockdown restrictions

Following reports over the weekend of visitors travelling substantial distances to the Sefton coast, the Council is urging people to continue to follow national lockdown restrictions. 

A spokesperson for Sefton Council said: “Sefton’s coastline is stunning and thankfully it’s not going anywhere. It will still be here ready to welcome people back when it is safe to do so – but now is still not that time. 

“The weather is picking up as spring arrives, but that’s no excuse for people to disregard the national restrictions that continue to be in place in order to stop the spread of Covid-19 and to save lives.

“It was incredibly disappointing to see people travelling from far and wide to the coast over the weekend. We are urging both residents and those considering a visit to our Borough to stay at home and follow the guidelines.

“We understand that people are looking ahead to the easing of lockdown measures, but we’re not quite there just yet, and if people don’t continue to follow the restrictions it could mean that infection rates rise again in our communities.

“Our beach car parks remain closed and stringent parking restrictions are in place as we address parking concerns locally, with our enforcement officers working in conjunction with colleagues from Merseyside Police.

“At this time, we need people to continue to think about their safety and the safety of others, as well as the wellbeing of our communities and the staff from not just the Council but all agencies working hard to keep everyone safe.

“The Council continues to work closely with the partners of the Sefton Coastal Landscape Partnership (including Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, British Transport Police, National Trust Formby, Natural England, the RNLI and others) to keep Sefton’s beautiful coastline safe for visitors and residents alike.”


Residents urged to continue to follow lockdown rules prior to schools opening 24/02/2021

Residents in Sefton are strongly urged to continue stay at home to help reduce COVID-19 infection rates even further prior to schools opening. All schools and colleges will open on 8th March in the first stage of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, however infection rates are still high in  Sefton and local hospitals continue to be under pressure.

Margaret Jones, Director of Public Health for Sefton, said:

“Over the next two weeks, it’s really important that residents abide by the current lockdown rules and play their part in reducing infection rates. Although schools and colleges are as safe as they can be, there is the potential that high rates in the community could mean a rise in COVID rates in school/college settings. By starting at a low number of infections on 8th March, we can reduce the risk of rates going up rapidly, as we have seen following previous lockdowns. It is vital that we do everything we can to help our children and young people continue with their education uninterrupted. With lower rates, we can also look forward to the gradual easing of restrictions over the coming months as set out in the Government’s roadmap.”

Under current lockdown rules, people should continue to stay at home and only leave the house for essential reasons such as work, education, shopping and medical appointments. A full list of what is permitted is available at

A combination of the vaccine rollout and testing will help control the virus. The vaccine programme is running well with good uptake among priority groups and those who cannot work from home can access regular testing even if they do not have symptoms. Details on asymptomatic testing centres can be found at

If residents experience symptoms of COVID (fever, new continuous cough or loss/change of taste or smell or other symptoms that may be related to COVID) they can obtain a test by visiting or calling 119. If the test is positive, residents must follow the guidance including self-isolating immediately. More information on self-isolating can be found at

For those who need support during this difficult time please visit which has details of 24/7 crisis helplines and resources to help mental wellbeing.

Doorstep surge testing in Cambridge and Dukes wards to pause, testing to continue at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre

The surge testing operation across the Cambridge and Dukes wards of Southport will continue this weekend at the dedicated Mobile Testing Unit at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre, with doorstep testing to be paused.

Thousands of kits have been delivered to homes across the two ward areas, by Council and partner agency teams alongside volunteers, with door-to-door testing now stopping while Sefton Council awaits further direction from the DHSC.

Anyone aged over 16 living or working in the Cambridge and Dukes wards, particularly if they cannot work from home under the current restrictions, are being urged to continue to use the testing site at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre over the weekend – open 8am to 6.30pm.

For Southport residents not in those wards, they should follow the usual testing protocol dependent on if they have symptoms or not, with detailed testing information available on the Council’s website. 

Executive Director at Sefton Council, Andrea Watts, said: “We’ve seen incredible support from our residents over the past few weeks as we’ve targeted testing for the South African variant across three ward areas in Southport. Thank you once again for your continued efforts, and I know we’ll see people supporting us again this weekend by getting tested at the dedicated mobile unit on the Promenade.

“To everyone that has supported us and taken up a doorstep test, you’ve played a vital role in our work to help reduce the spread of this disease and to enable scientists to learn more about it. It’s been fantastic to see such a supportive response from our communities, likewise with the dedication of our teams on the ground visiting doorsteps come rain, snow or shine!”

To help stop the spread of the virus and its variants, aside from getting a test, residents should be staying at home as much as possible and only be going out for essential purposes; such as shopping for essential supplies, going to work if they can’t do so from home, providing care and daily exercise.

Andrea added: “There are no additional restrictions in place for those areas where surge testing is still being carried out, but we do encourage residents of those areas to take extra care and try to limit their time away from home.

“Everyone should remember of course that wearing a mask when it’s required, washing their hands regularly and maintaining social distancing are the best ways to stay safe and reduce the opportunity for the virus to spread.”

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