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Government Guidance on Supporting Young People and Children's Mental Health and Wellbeing.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is going to affect daily life, as the government and the NHS take necessary steps to manage the pandemic, reduce transmission and treat those who need medical attention.

Regardless of their age, this may be a difficult time for children and young people. Some may react immediately, while others may show signs of difficulty later on.

How a child or young person reacts can vary according to their age, how they understand information and communicate, their previous experiences, and how they typically cope with stress. Adverse reactions may include thinking about their health or that of family and friends, fear, avoidance, problems sleeping, or physical symptoms such as stomach ache.

During this time, it’s important that you support and take care of your family’s mental health – there are lots of things you can do, and additional support is available if you need it.  Follow the link below for further details. 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

 

online safety during coronavirus

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and lockdown, people are relying even more on online technology.

With schools only open for some children, most are at home, away from their friends, peers and teachers. And social distancing means that they may not have seen extended family in some time. This makes being online extra important for children and young people.

Many children are spending more time online – and expanding the ways they use the internet. They may join online communities or start using new video-calling platforms. Children who receive support from services may go online to contact social workers, counsellors and others in their support network.

While all this can bring benefits to children’s mental health and wellbeing, children can be exposed to risk online. Follow the link below for more information. 

https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/news/2020/may/online-safety-during-coronavirus

Headstart - How are you feeling?

We know the summer could still be a difficult time for children and young people in terms of emotional health and wellbeing.

From discussions with schools we know that the school website is often a place parents and young  people may go to looking for information and some schools have already included a link to the local website How are you feeling which provides information on self-care as well as how to access services. The site is coproduced with young people and will continue to be updated with additional sources of information and support over the summer which families may find helpful as the new school year approaches.

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