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COVID-19: Health, Wellbeing and Parenting

Websites, guides and services to help your parenting and wellbeing during lockdown.

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Talking to Children about COVID-19

Children's Guide to Coronavirus

Children's Guide to Coronavirus is a visual guide by the Children's Commissioner including facts, a worry buster, and resources.

Coronavirus: A book for Children

Coronavirus: A book for Children A book by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson and Nia Roberts. Consultant: Professor Graham Medley, Professor of Infectious Disease Modelling, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

Easy read posters have a whole range of easy read posters explaining lockdown, the vaccination groups and how to keep safe.

These posters are helpful for people who have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).

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Mental Health

Every Mind Matters – get a free Mind Plan

The Every Mind Matters website has lots of mental to help you improve your mood and health.

Take their Mental health quiz to get a free mental health action plan or simply check out their guides covering common worries people are feeling including, jobs, money, loneliness and dealing with change.

NHS Mental wellbeing audio guides

A series of mental wellbeing audio guides to help you boost your mood.

They cover topics like:

  • low mood and depression
  • anxiety control training
  • sleep problems
  • low confidence and assertiveness
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Help with parenting

Online Parenting Courses

Online Parenting Courses by Netmums, Triple P, Family Links and Click. Most are free.

Effective co-parenting and child arrangements

Cafcass has put together guidance to support children and families as the situation surrounding COVID-19 develops. Their National Improvement Service has put together some advice to encourage effective co-parenting and help maintain your child’s routine in these uncertain times

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Things to do and boredom breakers

Check out BFIS’ round-up of home-based activities and educational resources for different ages and interests.

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Useful numbers

National Domestic Abuse Helpline

If you are fleeing domestic abuse, you may want to access specialist refuge accommodation. The National Domestic Abuse Helpline can help you find a refuge vacancy for you and your children.

Call for free and in confidence, 24-hours a day: 0808 2000 247

If you’re concerned about a child in Buckinghamshire

Report a concern online about a child in Buckinghamshire.

The First Response Team will listen to your concerns and decide on the appropriate action.

You can also discuss or report a concern by calling 01296 383 962 between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Outside of these hours contact the Emergency Duty Team (EDT)

phone: 0800 999 7677

email [email protected]