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.

    • 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