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Covid 19: Information for Parents and Carers

Government Guidance may change over the coming days and weeks so please make sure you are kept informed and up to date with any new advice or information being produced. We will update this page as more information is made available.

The UK government has announced new measures to reduce the rate of infection and reduce the risk to those that are most vulnerable. Everybody in the UK should:

  • Stay at home, only going outside for limited reasons. When going out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people and wash their hands as soon as you get home. The reasons for leaving your home include:
    1. Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
    2. One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household.
    3. Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
    4. Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.
  • Households where an occupant has symptoms of COVID-19 should undertake self-isolation for 14 days (full guidance)
  • Non-essential shops and public spaces have been closed. (full guidance)
  • There is a ban on gatherings of more than two people, except where the gathering is a group of people who live together, is essential for work purposes or funerals, which can be attended by immediate family.

Pregnany and Coronavirus (Covid 19)

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/people-at-higher-risk-from-coronavirus/pregnancy-and-coronavirus/

Talking to children about the Coronavirus

The Children’s Commissioner for England has produced a children’s guide to Coronavirus to help explain to youngsters in language they can understand, some of the issues. You may find this helpful as a resource for staff, to share with foster carers or to talk to your own children or family members. You can access the Guide here: https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/publication/childrens-guide-to-coronavirus/

NSPCC Learning has updated its content on how to have difficult conversations with children to include information about talking to children about coronavirus. The content covers: preparing for a conversation, having a conversation and support from Childline.

Visit the webpage: How to have difficult conversations with children

Childline has created a new webpage with information for children and young people about coronavirus. The page includes information about: what coronavirus is; where children and young people can find help if they are worried; coping if they are staying at home; and what to do if they are feeling unwell.

Visit the webpage: Coronavirus

CBBC Newsround have produced a range of resources, including videos and advice, for children and young people who might be worried about coronavirus.

Read the news story: Coronavirus: here’s some advice if you’re worried about it

Safeguarding and child protection are as important now as they ever have been. But with schools closed and social distancing measures in place across the UK, we all need to think about the way we keep children safe during the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).

Helping you support children during the Covid 19 pandemic.

Mental Health and Well-being

Are you looking for mental health and well-being support in Kirklees? Get in Touch

NHS approved wellbeing lists

Please see some links to NHS and Public Health England approved wellbeing information

Adult Well-Being

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak

Coronavirus, how to protect your mental health

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51873799?fbclid=IwAR1MZL-PMjPq3i5MMCHX_lB0l-vFuiX8Cx_3xPFTLD-bSgtooOo1-0axz-I

Emotional Well-Being

During this time, many of us may be experiencing a range of emotions. To support young people with this, Young Minds have released this information: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/

As adults, it is also important for us to take care of ourselves. This website may be useful: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

You may also find information on the following website particularly useful. The Young Minds A-Z covers a wide-range of areas including anxiety, anger, gender identity, divorce, self-esteem and much more. It is available on our website or via the direct link below: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-guide-to-support-a-z/

Please note there is also a Parent Contact section that includes a telephone number as well as a contact form: https://youngminds.org.uk/contact-us/

Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children’s mental health and well-being

Parents and Carers guide to Live Streaming

Information and Advice:

Early Years Providers: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

Advice for Educational Settings:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

NHS Advice
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Talking to children about Coronavirus
https://www.bps.org.uk/sites/www.bps.org.uk/files/Policy/Policy%20-%20Files/Talking%20to%children%20about%20Coronavirus.pdf

How to talk to your child about coronavirus, by UNICEF https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/how-talk-your-child-about-coronavirus-covid-19

Information video on coronavirus for Primary KS2
http://www.brainpop.com/health/diseasesinjuriesandconditions/coronavirus/

Information video on Coronavirus for older children/adults, by WHO
https:www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOV1aBVYKGA&feature+youtu.be

NSPCC – Keeping Children Safe

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/

Coronavirus and caring for your baby

https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/safer-sleep-advice/coronavirus-and-caring-for-your-baby/

Undertaking remote teaching safely

https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/news/2020/march/undertaking-remote-teaching-safely/

Latest Guidance on vulnerable children and young people

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people

Shielding Advice

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

Early Years and Childcare closures

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures#who-this-guidance-is-for

Translated stay at home guidance from the UK Government: Available in Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, Gujurati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Urdu and Welsh

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

Pennine Domestic Abuse PartnershipGuide to Services 2020

Information for families with disabled children

https://contact.org.uk/advice-and-support/coronavirus-information-for-families-with-disabled-children/

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