- Barnardo’s is providing an online service called See, Hear, Respond which includes information and resources about coronavirus, from practical advice about how to talk to your children about the pandemic, to tips on managing anxiety and much more.
- With face masks now compulsory, use these fun colour-in posters as a way of talking about it with your child and reminding them of the importance of wearing masks when out and about – choose either this design your facemask poster or this one
- Action for Children is offering more parent support, online here.
- ‘#Coping: ‘Family life during the lockdown’ is an easy-read guide featuring information from national agencies and local organisations, including the local NHS and the Berkshire West Safeguarding Children’s Partnership.
- Family Lives offers helpful tips and advice for coping emotionally and practically.
- There’s useful information here on managing life during the outbreak, from Home Start.
- The Government produced guidance for parents and carers on supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing.
- PACT produces weekly newsletters with lots of resources and articles to support parents.
- Reading Voluntary Action has collated resources around storytelling, podcasts and audiobooks, to help soothe and relax children, see this page in their Reading Friends Toolkit
- Qualified teacher and mum of three Emma Bradley has written a blog entitled ‘Home schooling during Covid-19: How one family is doing it’ with plenty of useful tips for parents
- 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
- Mindheart produced a short book aimed at under 7 years old, to support and reassure during this time.
- Based on the 5 ways to wellbeing, the Children’s Commissioner 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.
- NSPCC has information about keeping children safe online, guidance on how to have difficult conversations with children and other useful info on their website.
- The Home Office 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
- More information on safeguarding and abuse can be found here
For parents of children with special educational needs
- KeepSafe has produced a range of easy-read, visual posters to explain everything from a support bubble to face masks. Here is a selection: Support Bubble, New Rules, How to Stay Safe, Shielding Update, Face Coverings.
- Dingley’s Promise, a charity for families and children under 5s with additional needs and disabilities, is offering various ways to support local families.
- 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
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