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Wellbeing

Mental Health and Wellbeing guidance support during the COVID- 19 Response.

Taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important while staying at home because of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

How a child or young person reacts to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak may depend on their age, past experiences or understanding of what’s happening.

Some children and young people, including those with additional needs and disabilities, may find it difficult to deal with things.

For instance, some may worry about their health, their loved ones or have physical symptoms like stomach ache. Others may behave differently, getting more angry, distant or acting up in other ways.

Some children might react right away and some may show signs of difficulty later on. Other children might be coping fine, and some younger children may be enjoying more time with the family.

If you are a parent or carer, it’s important you know how to look after the mental health of those you care for during this time. Here are some suggested websites and mindfulness activities to help.

Click here to open the activity document: Mindfulness Activities

NHS Mental Wellbeing while staying at home https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/looking-after-children-and-young-people-during-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/
Coronavirus Advice for Parents
Are you aware of the useful advice and support for parents/carers on Coronavirus published by NSPCC? 
For further information on this and lots of other useful advice from NSPCC please click on this link
Childline Advice for Children
Have you checked out Childline’s webpage on Coronavirus? It provides advice and support to children and young people during the lock down. 
For further information please click on this link  
Coronavirus Guide for Children
Do you know how to answer children’s questions on Coronavirus? The Children’s Commissioner has developed a children’s guide on Coronavirus, which aims to answer children’s questions about Coronavirus.
For further information please click on this link
How to Talk to Children About Coronavirus
Do you know how to talk to children about Coronavirus? Children 1st have published information on how to talk to children about Coronavirus and encourage them to open up about their worries. 
For further information please click on this link    
    Coronavirus: Supporting Young People’s Mental Health 
Are you aware of the Anna Freud website? It provides lots of information on what we can do to ensure children and young people who may already be vulnerable or suffering from mental health difficulties are supported. 
For further information please click on the following links: Anna Freud  / Gov.uk: Guide for Parents
Kooth
Have you heard of Kooth?  This App is a free, safe, anonymous online counselling and emotional well-being platform, giving online support and advice to young people.
For further information please click on the following link: Kooth
CAMHS Crisis & Liaison Service
If a child is receiving support from a CAMHS team and is in crisis please contact them directly. 
Contact details are available by clicking on the following link: CAMHS
Coronavirus Guidance: Vulnerable children & Young People (updated 1st April 2020)
Are you aware that the Government has updated it’s guidance on Coronavirus: vulnerable children and young people? 
For further information please click
Safeguarding Children E-Learning
During the period of Coronavirus lock down, the HSSCP still has safeguarding children e-learning courses available. 
For further information on how to access the e-learning courses please click on this link
British Psychological Society (BPS)  
For early years foundation stage to key stage 2. Advice on dealing with school closures and talking to children about COVID-19.
 https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/bps-offers-advice-schools-parents-and-carers-help-children-through-uncertainty  
MindEd
An educational resource for all adults on children and young people’s mental health.
https://www.minded.org.uk
School Nursing
Coronavirus Tips for Families
Daily Activity – How am I feeling?

Our Values and Ethos

We have a set of school values that were devised in conjunction with our Governors, pupils, parents and staff

Friendship & Trust

Always our Best

Thankfulness

Compassion