Staying well

Staying well: Children and families

Back to school

The government has published guidance on what parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

See, Hear, Respond is a new service that can help families who might be struggling with the impact of coronavirus as children and young people prepare to return to school.

In Essex, there are also local organisations that can help:

You can find out more about exactly how our local services have been supporting Essex families by reading Nikki and Ernie’s story.

Mental health and wellbeing

The government has issued advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

We’ve also gathered some resources for parents and carers.

You can find online counselling and mental health services listed on the Livewell Essex website. This includes support around bereavement and loss.

Other resources:

Keeping your child safe

There is national guidance to help keep your child safe, as well as resources and support available in Essex.

The 2 Johns – former Essex police detectives - have produced a set of informative YouTube videos to explain the steps you can take to keep your child safe online.

This is a 1 minute video.

The Essex Safeguarding Children Board has links to organisations and information covering a range of topics, including online safety and child exploitation.

The NHS has also produced a guide to spotting child sexual exploitation. If you are worried about a child, you can report your concerns.

Social distancing

Social distancing is vital to helping stop the spread of coronavirus. There are resources to help children and young people understand why it’s so important.

GOV.UK has updated it's guidance on social distancing for young people. It also includes advice for young carers and information on how to access heath and care services.

Young Minds also has some tips for young people on how to cope with social distancing.

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