New Guidance, support and resources in response to COVID-19
Keeping children safe
New guidance issued today ‘Advice to parents and carers on keeping children safe from abuse and harm’ brings together sources of information about the main risks children may be particularly vulnerable to during the pandemic and signposts to available help and support.
The NSPCC helpline is available for support and advice if you have any concern for a child’s safety on 0808 800 5000.
If you feel that a child is in immediate danger, call the police on 999. You can report concerns to the police on their non-emergency number, 101.
You can also contact our safeguarding team on 0161 342 4101 or visit www.tamesidesafeguardingchildren.org.uk
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
If you are worried that someone you know is suicidal, including your child, Samaritans provides advice on how you can support others.
Call Young Minds’ free Parents Helpline on 0808 802 5544 for confidential, expert advice, if you have urgent concerns about your child’s mental health and wellbeing.
This may be a difficult time for children and young people. Some may be struggling now, while others may be affected later.
During this time, it’s important that you take care of your own and your family’s mental health – there are lots of things you can do, and support is available if you need it.
- Action for Children - helps parents to spot the signs of poor mental health in their child and explains what to do to help
- NSPCC - a range of advice on how to support your child if you are concerned that they may be struggling with their mental health or be anxious about coronavirus
- Public Health England advice - helps adults with caring responsibilities look after the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people, including those with additional needs and disabilities
- Young Minds - tips, advice and where to get support for your child’s mental health - parents can also access activity ideas for use during isolation
- Every Mind Matters – simple and practical advice to support your mental health and wellbeing, including advice on looking after children and young people.
- NHS England has published advice for parents, guardians and carers on how to help and support a child or young person
https://www.barnardos.org.uk/see-hear-respond/carer-referral Reaching out to support children and families in crisis in England
https://cafcass.clickrelationships.org/ If you are a separated parent, then Co-Parent Hub is just for you.