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Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours:
8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday

COVID-19: Government guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing

 

Advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

 

COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Useful Online Resources:

MindEd

Website: MindEd Hub

Description: a free educational resource from Health Education England on children and young people’s mental health

 

Rise Above

Website: Mental wellbeing | Overview | PHE School Zone

Description: aims to build resilience and support good mental health in young people aged 10 to 16

 

Every Mind Matters

Website: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

Description: which includes an online tool and email journey to support everyone to feel more confident in taking action to look after their mental health and wellbeing

 

Young Minds

Website: Coronavirus Report: Impact on Young People with Mental Health Needs (youngminds.org.uk)

Description: Information on COVID-19 and mental health

 

Think Ninja (freely available and adapted for COVID-19)

Website: https://www.healios.org.uk/services/thinkninja1

Description: An app which educates 10-18 year olds about mental health, emotional wellbeing and provide skills young people can use to build resilience and stay well

 

Barnardo’s See, Hear, Respond service

WebsiteWe’re here to help you with lockdown and Covid-19 | Barnardo's

Description: provides support to children, young people and their families who aren’t currently seeing a social worker or other agency, and who are struggling to cope with the emotional impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

You can access via the ‘See, Hear, Respond’ service self-referral webpage or Freephone 0800 151 7015.

 

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Website: https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/anna-freud-learning-network/coronavirus/

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: wellbeing advice for all those supporting children and young people.

 

British Psychological Society (BPS)

Website: https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/bps-offers-advice-schools-parents-and-carers-help-children-through-uncertainty

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: advice on dealing with school closures and talking to children about COVID-19.

 

The Child Bereavement Network

Website: http://www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk/covid-19.aspx

Key stages: early years foundation stage to key stage 2

Description: advice on supporting grieving children during the coronavirus outbreak.

 

Bereavement UK and the Childhood Bereavement Network

Website:  https://www.childbereavementuk.org/

Description: provides information and resources to support bereaved pupils, schools and staff

 

Returning to school after the coronavirus lockdown

 

Website: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/returning-school-after-lockdown

Foodbanks

 

Burnage Foodbank | Helping Local People in Crisis

https://burnage.foodbank.org.uk

The Trussell Trust runs the largest network of foodbanks in the UK, giving emergency food and support to people in crisis. Thirteen million people live below the poverty line and in the last year we gave 1,583,668 three-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis.

 

Ardwick and Longsight Foodbank 

ardwickandlongsightfoodbank.org.uk

Ardwick & Longsight Food Bank is an independent food bank that can provide free food parcels for people in need. We rely on generous donations from individuals and families in the local community, churches and businesses to provide most of the food we distribute.

 

Manchester Central Foodbank 

https://manchestercentral.foodbank.org.uk

The Trussell Trust runs the largest network of foodbanks in the UK, giving emergency food and support to people in crisis. Thirteen million people live below the poverty line and in the last year we gave 1,583,668 three-day emergency food supplies to people in crisis.

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