In these unprecedented times it can be overwhelming to be a parent or carer.
You’re not alone and there are plenty of support groups and charities offering information and advice to help us all through the coming weeks.
How to talk to children about coronavirus & school closures
For up to date information on school closures, visit the Department for Education information page.
How to look after your family’s mental health during this time
The following websites offer a range of tips and advice:
www.samaritans.org/ or call – 116123
For online, free support for young people visit www.kooth.com/
If you have concerns about the safety or wellbeing of a child
Call the Cumbria Safeguarding Hub on 0333 240 1727 or visit: https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/childrensservices/childrenandfamilies/concernedaboutachild/
Childline offer a mental health toolbox for children and phone/online 121 counselling service as well as safeguarding reporting. Call them on 0800 1111 or visit https://www.childline.org.uk/
If you are experiencing domestic abuse
Call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000247 or visit www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk
Children’s local services
If your child is receiving counselling or support most organisations have (or are intending to) move sessions online/over the phone. Please contact the organisation directly. If you are on a waiting list for support they should still be able to offer advice or connect you with provision.
The Children and Families Information Service provides free information, advice and guidance about a wide range of services, activities and entitlements for families with 0-19 year olds. Tel: 03457 125 737 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/childrensservices/childrenandfamilies/cfis/default.asp
Pregnancy and babies
The NCT feeding helpline can be contacted on 0300 330 0700
Silloth Group Medical Practice Tel: 016973 31309 or visit https://www.sillothgroupmedicalpractice.nhs.uk
Children with additional needs
Cumbria SEND IAS Service (which was formerly known as the Parent Partnership Service) offers impartial information, advice and support to children and young people with special educational needs and or disabilities and their parents and carers. Visit https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/childrensservices/schoolsandlearning/ils/parentpartnership/
Many parents/guardians now find themselves in the situation of home educating their children, here is a list of websites you may find useful.