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Support information for young people and families

 

  • 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

 

  • Free school meals (FSM) information from Central Bedfordshire Council
This link can be used for applying for FSM during the COVID-19 emergency.  A child in reception, year 1 or year 2 and not attending school, may be eligible for free school meals until schools return to normal opening.
  • On Thursday 28th May between 13:00 and 14:30 Central Bedfordshire are running 2 virtual workshops to promote positive emotional wellbeing for families to help manage anxiety through uncertainty. The first aimed specifically at under 7s and the other for over 7’s. Advice for parents will mainly be in the over 7’s webinar but there will be specific advice for supporting younger children in the under 7’s for parents who only have younger ones. Over the last few months we have all been learning to live with a ‘new normal’. Over the next few months there will be lots of change and with change comes understandable anxieties. The webinars are designed to look at strategies to help with this. Please sign up using the links below:
 
Under 7’s
 
Over 7’s

This session is designed to Promote Positive Wellbeing. As part of this we will be looking at how anxiety impacts on this and ways you can help. We will not be able to answer any specific mental health questions. If you have concerns about yours or your child’s mental health please speak with your GP.

 

  • Parentline - a confidential text messaging advice and support line for Bedfordshire parents and carers of children aged 0-19. Text: 07507 331456
  • ChatHealth – confidential text messaging service for pupils aged between 11 and 19 for any concerns about the risks posed by the COVID-19 virus or the effect on schooling or future exams.  ChatHealth’s school nurses are there to help and also can help with areas of support such as healthy relationships, healthy lifestyles, emotional wellbeing, sexual health, smoking, drugs, alcohol, bulling.  Text:  07507 331450 

 

 

 

 

Here is some useful information about adult mental health and where adults can access support:

 

  • Central Bedfordshire have put together a page of useful resources to help parents/carers find information and advice on topics such as childcare, health and wellbeing, critical workers, school opening and transport, family information and more.

 

 

 

  • The local authority have produced an invaluable resource pack with two key documents added. The first of these is a two page summary record which is COVID 19 Hospital Communication Passport that lists the most important things that hospital and medical staff must know about disabled persons as soon as they arrive. It is important to complete your COVID 19 Hospital Communication Passport to ensure hospital and medical staff understand disabled children, young people and adults range of access and support needs.

       https://includemetoo.org.uk/covid19/

       https://www.autism.org.uk/services/helplines/coronavirus/resources/helpful-resources.aspx

 

  • Aquarius, Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Service, Bedfordshire

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