Tuesday, 24 March 2020.
Families in Focus Essex is a leading independent parent led registered charity providing holistic support to families of children with disabilities and special needs (aged 0 to 25) across Essex, who require advice, information and support, particularly at times of change, challenge and crisis.
Their services are accessible to all families from Essex whatever their background, as long as at least one child or young person in the family between the age of 0 to 25 has a disability or special need.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, many of you will have worries and concerns for caring for vulnerable children and young adults. There are lots of online resources and organisations that provide support and information;
Carers UK - https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/health/looking-after-your-health/coronavirus-covid-19
Wellchild - https://www.wellchild.org.uk/2020/03/11/covid-19-information-for-parents-and-carers/
National Autistic Society - https://www.autism.org.uk/services/nas-schools/vanguard/news/2020/march/coronavirus-(covid-19)-advice.aspx
Mencap - https://www.mencap.org.uk/advice-and-support/health/coronavirus
Place2Be – https://www.place2be.org.uk/about-us/news-and-blogs/2020/march/coronavirus-information-for-children/
Young Minds - https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/
Covibook – https://www.mindheart.co/descargables
Families in Focus will run their helpline email address and telephone helpline as usual for both new and existing service users during the pandemic. Please see below contact information:
Helpline phone: 01245 353 575
Helpline email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/FamiliesInFocusEssex/
Mrs C Wager
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Friday, 20 March 2020.
Schools are working closely with the Local Authority and the Headteacher Associations in order to offer a consistent and safe response to the current crisis. The health and safety of children and young people is everyone’s priority and I wanted to inform you about our ongoing arrangements to keep children safe during this period of school closure. We understand how worrying it is for your during this time and we will do everything we can to continue to support our children and families.
With the current coronavirus outbreak and Government recommendations to limit social contact, many people will be spending more time at home than they are used to. We appreciate this is an uncertain time and many children and young people will have mixed feelings about what is happening. With this in mind I have put together a list of resources that might be of use during the coming weeks.
If parents/carers or students have any wellbeing concerns during the school closure they can email email@example.com and someone will get back to them.
Mrs C Wager
Designated Safeguarding Lead
We Are Flourish: Children and Young People, Looking After Our Mental Health
A YouTube video from our school counsellor and mental health expert, Jo Morton-Brown.
The Children’s Society: Self Isolating and Dealing with Conflict
Self-isolating may mean spending more time with family, carers or friends and this may create difficult situations, especially for those coping with pre-existing family problems. The Children’s Society asked one of their well-being practitioners to share her top tips for dealing with conflict at home.
Heads Together: Resources for Mental Health and Wellbeing
Heads Together have published a free toolkit with resources and tips to help address anxiety arising from these challenging times. The toolkit includes videos to provide practical guidance and tips to parents/carers about coronavirus and mental health, activities to ease anxiety that can be done at home and other helpful advice, helplines and resources for adults and children.
The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health: Podcast on Coronavirus and Child Mental Health
Dr. Jon Goldin is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who works at Great Ormond Street Hospital. In this podcast he discusses child mental health in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Young Minds: Helpline
If you are concerned about a young person's mental health during this difficult time, you can contact the Young Minds Helplines.
Parents Helpline: If you are a parent who needs advice about your child’s mental health you can contact the Parents Helpline directly on 0808 802 between 9:30am-4pm
YoungMinds Crisis Messenger: If you are a young person experiencing a mental health crisis you can text YM to 85258 for free 24/7 support
The Young Minds website is: https://youngminds.org.uk/