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Resources for Families


Support for Families from Barnardos

Advice for parents when a child is unwell/injured (poster) - Whilst it is extremely important to follow Government advice to stay at home during this period, it can be confusing to know what to do when your child is unwell or injured.

Advice for parents when a child is unwell/injured (video)

Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service - Resource Hub for Families including emotional and physical wellbeing, support for young people, home-schooling and much more.

Parenting Together Support Group - Programme to help reduce parental conflict. Support has switched from face-to-face therapy to video based sessions.

'We all have arguments' - Poster from LiveWell 

The Black & Asian family Covid-19 helpline for ages 11+ (Barnardos)


Families with young babies

Babies cry, you can copeInfo for parents and professionals. During this challenging time stress levels at home may be increased. Please follow the ICON guidance for coping with crying.

Essex Libraries Online Rhymetime and Story Time sessions - While libraries are shut, you can still enjoy the Rhymetime experience sharing rhymes, songs and stories.

Together with Baby - Parent Infant Mental Health Service


Supporting families of children with disabilities and special needs 

Families InFocus can be contacted through a variety of ways and our telephone helpline and helpline email continue to run a usual for both new and existing service users. Further information available on the website.


Emotional Wellbeing Resources for Children and Young People

Young Minds

Advice to young people and parent on mental health and impact of coronavirus

Young minds, what to do if you are anxious about coronavirus


Mind, coronavirus and your wellbeing

Childline Counselling 


Links to useful websites/resources in relation to Child Exploitation

ESCB Online safety resources for professionals, parents/carers and young people - These are in relation to online grooming and exploitation, as there is a risk this may increase during the lockdown.

Talking to your child about online safety - (NSPCC advice) Children and young people’s lives have changed dramatically because of the coronavirus. With social distancing measures and most schools closing, children will be spending more time at home and online.


Home-schooling and keeping kids entertained at home

Essex Youth Service Zoom sessions - Weekly timetable of activities including baking, maths club, bingo, dance and much more...

Online Resource Pack for Children, Young People and Families

Parent and Pupil Resources for Education at home - List of useful websites

Home activity packs from ThinkUKnow - 5 minute activities you can do with your child to support their online safety at a time when they will spending more time online at home #OnlineSafetyAtHome

The Wilderness Foundation - Activities you can do indoors and outdoors 



Talking to children worried about Coronavirus

Children's Guide to Coronavirus from the Children's Commissioner - The guide aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home.

NSPCC Talking to a child worried about Coronavirus - The NSPCC has created a new webpage with information and advice for parents or carers who are worried a child or young person may be struggling with their mental health or has anxiety about Coronavirus.

Communicating with younger children about COVID-19 – a few ideas about how adults might communicate with younger children.

Children’s story book to help children and young people cope with COVID-19 - aimed primarily at children aged 6-11 years old – is a project of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings.

Advice from Unicef - 6 ways parents can support their kids through coronavirus



How to explain Coronavirus to Young Children

Child friendly explanation of Coronavirus (activity based)

Early Years Storybox 'Don't worry little bear'