We understand parents and children will have questions and worries about the coronavirus, especially as things are changing quickly as we find out more about the virus.

You may find the tools, information and links below useful to support children and young people during this time.

 

For more general information from the government and Dudley Council on COVID-19 see Dudley Council’s coronavirus webpage

Childcare and school information

The Early Help and Family Information Service Directory has information about registered childcare available in your area for vulnerable children and key worker children during the coronavirus outbreak.

Guidance from the Department of Education;

Things to do while at home

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You and your children might enjoy trying some of these activities and challenges while at home.

Talking to children about coronavirus

 

It can be difficult to know how to talk to your children about worries they have about coronavirus and explain everything that is going on. Barnardo’s has produced the leaflet ‘Talking to children about coronavirus’ to help with these conversations. They have included links to some free stories for younger children explaining coronavirus. You could also watch this animation about coronavirus together.

Other resources to support conversations with children include:

  • Place2Be
    • A guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and support family wellbeing.
  • Young Minds
    • Talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing:
  • Carers UK
    • Guidance for carers
  • Covibook
    • An interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under, designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic
  • Childrens coronavirus factsheet
  • Coronavirus A book for children illustrated by Alex Scheffler

Staying healthy

Along with staying at home, there are lots of things you can do to look after your physical and mental health.

Washing hands more regularly will help keep you well. Here’s a reminder how we should all be washing our hands.

Public Health England has put together some information about looking after your feelings and body and don’t forget good sleep is important too. Here are some tips for getting a good night’s sleep.

It is also important to look after your, and your children’s, mental health.  The 5 ways to wellbeing are a set of actions that can be used every day to help do this

You could learn how to make a sandwich, give a wave to the postman, notice how many rainbows are in windows when you are active on your daily walk and connect with others by writing letters or phoning family and friends. What else can you do to get the 5 ways to wellbeing into your day today?

There is also guidance from Public Health England to help you support your child’s mental health.

It’s important to stay hydrated, especially in the heat, here is a checklist to help you keep cool at home and some tips to beat the heat from Public Health England.

Places to find support

There is lots of support and help available for you and your children. Here are some helpful links:

School Nurses are offering the following services Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

  • Telephone advice and support for parents and school children
  • Emotional health and wellbeing support for school age children

To access the School Nurse services call 01384 408990 or email Shropcom.dudleyadminteam@nhs.net

King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Maudsley Charity have launched a series of eight short films to help families during the coronavirus pandemic. The Families Under Pressure series offers parenting tips and advice on topics including: keeping positive and motivated; building your child’s self-confidence and trust in you; promoting better behaviour; how to limit conflict; and using sanctions carefully.

Young Minds has lots of useful information for parents and young people about mental health and they also have a parent helpline available if you want some advice.

Childline 0800 11 11 is a free and confidential helpline for children and young people up to 18 years old.

Staying safe

While at home you may find yourself using the internet more than ever. It’s important to stay safe online and be aware of scams and Phishing emails.

Anyone in England who tests positive for Covid-19 will be contacted by the NHS Test & Trace service, people are being advised to be aware of Test and Trace Scams.

Dudley Safe and Sound Help Hub and Dudley Safeguarding People Partnership have lots of useful information to keep yourself and others safe.

Other useful information

Bereavement

If someone dies, Cruse and Dudley Council have information about how children and young people may react and how you can support them.

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