Support And Useful Services
The Own It Keyboard App – it will help you make smart choices, feel more confident and get advice when you need it.
To provide support for or to signpost parents / carers of children or young people with anxiety related to the COVID 19 lockdown to: The Anna Freud website has a wealth of information, including advice for families with CYP who don’t want to leave the house and for whom returning to school will be very difficult. www.annafreud.org
‘Everybody Worries’ by Jon Burgerman is a free e-book aiming to offer support to children who are feeling worried about the Coronavirus and the uncertainty and change around this. Please click here to read the book.
Clinical Psychologist Dr Jess Richardson shares suggestions for parents and school staff to manage apprehension and anxiety children may experience upon their return to school in this video. Please click here to view the video. (8 minutes) There is also an accompanying factsheet on the website or available by clicking here.
The Present Moment – The worksheet explores the concept of being present and in the moment with young people and can be a really useful base for mindfulness.
Deep Relaxation – This is a deep relaxation worksheet with a friendly guide to a having a first go at relaxation with students. Feel free to adapt it. Give it a try!
Sunday Scaries: Find Your Focus – Headspace is such an incredibly useful resource for meditation with sessions aimed at children. This Youtube video is great for older children and can be used in group or class for a brief session of meditation at the start of the week.
Mental Health Awareness Week
During our ongoing support of Mental Health Awareness Week, we want to share with you the below clip from Dr Brene Brown. It talks about the difference between empathy and sympathy.
#bekind #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthfoundation #greattodaybettertomorrow
Help to Learn
Coronavirus Advice from DfE for Schools
Government moves out of Contain Phase into Delay Phase
As per the current advice, the most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves remains washing their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Make sure you cough or sneeze into a tissue, put it in a bin and wash your hands.
We are asking anyone who shows certain symptoms to self-isolate for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means we want people to stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection.
The symptoms are:
* A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
* A new, continuous cough
You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
In the coming weeks, we will be introducing further social distancing measures for older and vulnerable people, asking them to self-isolate regardless of symptoms.
For more information please see here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/covid-19-government-announces-moving-out-of-contain-phase-and-into-delay
Government coronavirus action plan
The Prime Minister confirmed that the government’s response to COVID-19 remains in the Contain phase – the first phase in the government’s coronavirus action plan.The coronavirus action plan was launched last week. This document sets out what we have done to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it plans to do next, depending upon the course the current coronavirus outbreak takes.The action plan can be found here:
Advice from Public Health England continues to be for education and children’s social care settings to remain open, unless advised otherwise. We are continually reviewing how best to support all educational settings and the impact of any measures will be considered carefully before being implemented.
Updated travel advice for travellers returning from Italy
Public Health England updated their travel advice, recommending that anyone returning from Italy should self-isolate, even if you do not have any symptoms. If you do develop symptoms, call NHS 111.The latest travel guidance can be found here:
Further information on what you should do if you are asked to self-isolate can be found here:
The importance of hygiene
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes. Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water In addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, both children and staff should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport. Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at:
Sign up is quick, free and means you will be alerted as more resources are made available.
Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is now 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
- Email: DfE.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UKPRN) available when calling the helpline.
Where to find the latest information
Updates on COVID-19:
Guidance for educational settings:
Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:
Latest Department for Education information:
Coronavirus Advice from DFE for Schools
Coronavirus – Advice for all early years providers, schools and further education providers
The government is closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus and is taking action at home and abroad.
The overall risk of Coronavirus to the UK remains moderate. However we understand that people may be concerned where there are children, students or staff returning from or visiting China.
Public Health England and the Foreign Office have issued advice for anyone travelling to the area. This can be found at:
Please share this advice with your staff and cascade as appropriate. Advice for parents/guardiansYou should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus.
There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their early years, school or further education setting as normal.
We recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel to China during the forthcoming half term period. If so, please refer to the FCO’s latest travel advice via the link above.
What action you can take.
A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus.
Please help to support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.
You can do this by:
Sharing DHSC content from the following social media links:
School Closure Letter
Support for SEN
I hope you are all bearing up during these difficult times.
We have as an organisation suspended all services until further notice that involve direct contact to minimise the risk of the spread of Coronavirus in our close knit community.
We will still be offering ‘virtual support’ through social media:
Facebook: Special Needs Circle – East Midlands
Facebook: Closed Member Only Group support @ specialneedscircle
Instagram: SN Circle
or Email email@example.com with a contact number and one of our family support workers will get back to you as soon as possible. Please note this service is currently very busy.
Should you not already be in our closed support group on Facebook please ask to join quoting the reference C050505 when asking to join which is you temporary membership number. We will then check you against our database and approve your request.
The following resources have been provided by school:
Twinkl – Go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer Free membership for 1 month quoting REF: PARENTSTWINKLHELPS
We are here if you need us.
Love and hugs
Lyn & The Team