Support for parents and carers

It can be very daunting for you and your family during these uncertain times. You may be struggling to balance work, child care or home-schooling and trying to keep worries (both your child’s and your own) under control. It’s natural to feel stressed or anxious. But you’re not on your own – there are many organisations and advice to support you.

  • There are various free books to help you talk to your child about coronavirus and give information without fear. These include a nurse Dotty book, Dave the Dog,  the Children’s Commissioner’s short guide and Nosy Crow’s and the Gruffalo illustrator, Coronavirus A book for children
  • Based on the 5 ways to wellbeing, the Children’s Commissioner has launched a digital 5 a day campaign to give easy to follow steps to keep  healthy, as our online activity has increased.
  • Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command Centre (CEOP) #OnlineSafetyAtHome campaign has resources to prevent all forms of online child abuse. It is aimed at all ages and can be found here.
  •  ‘#Coping: ‘Family life during the lockdown’  is an easy-read guide featuring information from national agencies and local organisations. It’s been produced by a range of partners including the local NHS, local authorities and the Berkshire West Safeguarding Children’s Partnership.  
  • As coronavirus puts extra pressure on families, Action for Children is offering more parent support, online here.
  • Family Lives offers helpful tips and advice for coping emotionally and practically.
  • The Fashion and Textile Children’s Trust is providing grants for parents working in related sectors and who have been financially affected by coronavirus.
  • The Government has produced guidance for parents and carers on supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing.
  • The Home Office has released an awareness campaign and information  on how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse – read this here
  • There’s useful information here on managing life during the outbreak, from Home Start.
  • NSPCC has information about keeping children safe online, guidance on how to have difficult conversations with children and other useful information on their website.
  • PACT produces weekly newsletters with lots of resources and articles to support parents.

For parents of children with special educational needs

  • The Government has published various advice and resources to support you and your child at home – see their website.
  • This story on JKP‘s website will be useful for discussing and explaining coronavirus.
  • Here is a video to support parents with neurodiverse children

Local support

Find advice specific for managing your health and wellbeing here