Coronavirus – Parent Support & Guidance

Coronavirus – Parent Support & Guidance

Department for Education – Guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings

The guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings has been updated (on 16th April) with additional information on the resources and support available to help parents educate their children at home.

BCP Educational Psychology Service – Telephone Consultation Line for Parents and Carers

As part of the response to COVID-19, BCP Council Educational Psychology Service are offering parents and carers the opportunity to speak to an Educational Psychologist (EP) about their child while educational settings are closed.

Educational Psychologists are professionals concerned with the development, learning and social and emotional wellbeing of children and young people.

This term time only service is only available to Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) residents or parents/carers with children in BCP schools. Parent/carers will need to have Parental Responsibility to access this service.

For more information, about this service, please visit: BCP Educational Psychology Service

Playmobil ROBert explains the coronavirus to children

Playmobil has released a simple 5 minute video explaining the coronavirus outbreak for children in a way which is helpful but not too scary. ROBert puts forward the most important messages for children about staying at home and washing hands, as well as warning them in a softer way how the virus works.

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Useful links about the Coronavirus

  • Carers UK – guidance for carers
  • Emerging Minds – supporting children and young people with worries about COVID-19
  • Healthier Together – Covid-19 advice for parents of children with long term medical conditions
  • Krisepsykologi – what can we say to children about Coronavirus
  • National Autistic Society – guidance and helpline for parents, young people and staff
  • Newsround – videos aimed for children all about the Coronoavirus
  • Place2Be – guide to helping parents answer questions from their children about the Coronavirus and to support family wellbeing
  • Sensory – hand washing tips for people with sensory difficulties
  • Young Minds – talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing
Newsround videos

Health & Wellbeing for parents

Keeping your child safe online

Below are some useful links with advice and support to help you keep your child safe online:

  • Thinkuknow – advice from the National Crime Agency
  • Internet Matters – advice from a not-for-profit organisation with support from industry partners
  • Parent Info– advice from Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP) and Parent Zone
  • LGfL – advice from London Grid for Learning
  • Net Aware – advice from the NSPCC

You can also find more information on our Safeguarding page

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