Support for parents and carers

As coronavirus has put extra pressure on families, it’s natural to feel stressed or anxious. But you’re not on your own – there are many organisations that can support you.

This page has info on the various support that’s available, as well some useful resources.

    • 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

    • 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

Online safety

  • 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.

Safeguarding

  • 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

Find advice specific for managing your health and wellbeing here