Support for residents
Children and families
The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on children, young people and their families, however there are local and national organisations that can help.
Barnardo's has a Covid-19 Support Hub that can help families with any difficulties and anxieties they might be experiencing.
In Essex, there are also organisations that can help:
- Family Innovation Fund services are delivered by local organisations that will work with families to achieve positive outcomes in key areas
- Family Innovation Fund Xtra can also provide early help across a range of areas, including healthy relationships and coping with change
- the Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service has a dedicated resource hub to help families during the coronavirus outbreak
- families can call the Essex Wellbeing Service on 0300 303 9988 for information, advice, guidance and support across a range of health, wellbeing and day-to-day needs
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
You can find online counselling and mental health services on the Livewell Essex website. This includes support around bereavement and loss.
- The NHS website Every Mind Matters has advice and tips to help you look after your mental health
- Mind has guidance on coronavirus and mental health for young people
- Young Minds - the children and young people's charity offers advice on supporting your child during the coronavirus pandemic
- Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families offers advice on children’s mental health
- Family Lives Charity offers advice and support
If you are worried about your finances there are organisations that can help you budget your money and manage debt, apply for emergency funding, claim benefits and offer independent financial advice.
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 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.
Art activities can be beneficial for children’s wellbeing. We’ve made some art activity sheets (PDF, 380KB) to help your child express themselves creatively.
Stop.Swap.GO! can help parents, carers, children and young people to improve their health and wellbeing by walking, scooting and cycling safely.
The Department for Education has information, guidance and support for parents and carers of children who are learning at home, along with a list of online resources for education at home.Print this page