Coronavirus – Helplines, Easy Read Guides and Online Advice
Each of the organisations below have put together different tools to support parents, carers and young people during the coronavirus outbreak.
Talking to children and young people about the coronavirus:
- Place2Be have a guide to help parents answer questions from their children
- Young Minds have a blog post about talking to your child about coronavirus
- Covibook is an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under. It encourages children to explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic.
- Wash Your Lyrics – put in your favourite song to get a hand-washing poster with lyrics
Easy read guides to the coronavirus:
Helplines and email support:
- Council for Disabled Children have an email address for you to ask questions about COVID-19 and how it impacts on children and young people with SEND: CDCquestions@ncb.org.uk (they will send Frequently Asked Questions to the Department of Education and publish the answers in the newsflash each Friday)
- Calm has A little help to get you through these weird times page, which includes a helpline number and web chat.
- Our Coronavirus – Wellbeing and Mental Health resources page also has links to helplines to support people with their mental health during this time
- SNAP (Special Needs and Parents) Charity have a phone and email helpline service supported by a team of parent advisers. This is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
- Havens Hospices have set up a Coronavirus Crisis Bereavement Line for bereaved adults and children from across Essex whose loved one has died directly or indirectly as a result of coronavirus.
- Starline is a home learning helpline for parents and carers
- Carers UK have guidance for carers
- National Autistic Society have guidance for parents and young people
- Council for Disabled Children regularly update their COVID-19 Support and Guidance section with resources and guidance
- The Parents’ Guide to School Closures – this is not SEND specific but still has useful advice and links for finding support
- SNAP Charity have produced a family guide to the coronavirus
- Epping Forest District Council Facebook Disability Forum has handy hints, tips and ideas for families/professionals to support children and young people with SEND
- Contact – For Families With Disabled Children supports families with disabled children. A coronavirus information section is available on the website home page
- Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service have a coronavirus resource hub for families
- NHS Mid Essex CCG have a webpage with useful information and links on topics such as mental health and wellbeing, education and explaining coronavirus to children.