Staying well

Staying well: Children and families

Back to school

Education colleagues across Essex are working hard to make sure that schools and settings are ready so that children and young people can feel confident about returning 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:

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.

Art activities can be beneficial for children’s wellbeing. We’ve made some activity sheets (PDF, 380KB) to help your child express themselves creatively.

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 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.

Watch Young Essex Assembly members give tips to help any young people who might be struggling.

This is a 2 minute video.

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.

Home learning resources

There are lots of online resources to support home learning.

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