Families have told us that the Covid-19 outbreak is a really worrying time for them and they have asked for resources to help them talk to their children and young people about it as well as needing strategies to support their mental health and emotional wellbeing. Working with SENsational families in Norfolk and education, health and care services, we have produced an information pack for families which is towards the bottom of this page. If you need a printed copy then please email email@example.com and we will arrange to send it to you.
Also in partnership with SENsational Families, we’ve put together a mix of free online resources to help keep children and young people occupied at home over the coming weeks. Please get in touch with any other suggestions!
We understand the impact this situation is having on families and we are therefore changing our usual way of working and are offering support to individual families if they need someone to talk to. We can provide peer-to-peer support if you need someone to talk to, if you or your child/young person are struggling or if you have specific questions about where/how to access other support. We cannot advise on any health-related issues regarding Coronavirus, however, we can point you to official sources on this.
The SPCN team continue to try and find ways to support our families during these challenging times. Our peer-to-peer support for individual families remains open and a reminder of the details of this are below.
We now also have the following items available:
• Colouring/puzzle books for children and young people
• Colouring books for adults
• Stress balls
• Pots of bubbles
• Sensory bags/baskets
The above items are available to children/young people of anyone with an SPCN parent carer membership. If you feel any of the above would help your child/young person then please email firstname.lastname@example.org giving the first name and age of your child(ren) or young person (people) you would like them for. If you know of any friends / family members who have children/young people aged 0-25 with any additional need and/or disability, (diagnosed or not), who would benefit from the above then please pass this on to them. Parents and Carers can sign up as SPCN members here and they can then email email@example.com with their request for items.
A special message has kindly been provided from Suffolk County Council regarding additional information for families/carers across Suffolk.
Additional download sheet for other languages can be found in the links below.
We have co-produced a Frequently Asked Questions document in relation to Covid-19. This is the first in a series.
Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health Covid-19 Research evidence summaries have provides a summary of key current evidence regarding COVID-19 in children and young people.
NHS England has produced some very helpful practical advice for both parents and carers and young people to help and support children and young people with mental ill health, suicidal thoughts or self-harming behaviours. This included signs to look out for, what to do and who to speak to during a period in which younger people may be feeling particularly anxious or upset. The resources also include information on the support that is available to those who need help during this time.
The department has today published new guidance for local authorities on home to school transport for the return to education full-time for all year groups and places of education from the beginning of the autumn term.
The guidance can be found here.
The guidance is divided into two parts. Part A provides guidance for local authorities on managing the capacity of and demand for public transport at the times children travel to and from school and Part B provides guidance about the provision of dedicated home to school transport in the autumn term.
Another service which may be useful – The following link to an Online Counselling Service called Kooth
As Lockdown Two is now in place (January 2021) Please find a new update on school closures.
Changes to national restrictions and temporary school closures – Wedsite Council for disabled children – Link