Dear Parents and Carers,
We are aware that there is a lot of information available at present about how we can support our children and each other during these times. We have therefore created this page to give you some useful links and ideas for looking after your child's well-being and your own, over the coming weeks.
We will be continually reviewing this page and adding on new information as we go, so keep checking in whether it's just general support you need or something more specific.
Triple P is an evidence-based parenting program that it is suitable for parents of children 18 months to 18 years. Due to the high demands under Covid lockdown, the program has been moved online. There is a waiting list but parents and carers can still self-refer for support via the Triple P Website. Attached are some helpful guides that you may wish to share - please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01273 294471 for more information.
Brighton and Hove Council Mental Health Support Team
There are a range of youth and adult mental health and wellbeing services available through Brighton and Hove county council. Here is some contact details and webpages that you can go to, to find help if you need to.
Information for All Families
During this period our whole community is being affected by the challenges of the Covid-19 outbreak, school nurses will continue to operate elements of their service which you are able to access. They will be responding to a 'ChatHealth' texting service, if you have any questions and would like to contact a member of the school nursing team, you can contact then via the ChatHealth number.
ChatHealth: 07480635423 Monday to Friday 9am-4.30pm
For more information about ChatHealth service click here
Information, Ideas and Lessons Learned.
'Safety Rocks' have developed a few pages of information based on feedback from parents around the issues they face this time around. This shows how we all have difference circumstances, but there are many strategies we can all use to make things a little easier for ourselves.
You may find that at the moment your child is spending much more time online, here are some websites which can give you advise about managing your child's screen time.
These sites also offer you helpful advise and guidance about keeping safe online too.
Health and Mental Wellbeing for all
Taking time out to relax and de-stress is a really important part of keeping you mind fit and well.
The link below is great to help children (and adults) feel relaxed and calm. It has yoga videos, breathing exercises, calming games and more. If you or your child need some calm time give this website a try.
5 Ways to Wellbeing
Research has shown that there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental well-being, these are designed to be considered at any time but may be really beneficial if you and your family are in self-isolation. Click Here for more information.
If you would like some support with managing your mental health, or your child's at this time please use the link below. It details ways of managing your time at home and ways of looking after your mental health and well-being.
Safety Rocks are running a 4 week well being course on Mindfulness which is available for parents and teachers.
Mindfulness is a particular way of giving our attention to our present moment experience which anyone can practice. It is widely recognized as a powerful tool that can help us enhance appreciation of life and manage stress.
This course is for parents and anyone who works with children and young people who want to learn how to cope with stress and anxiety, boost their happiness and tap into resources of resilience and create more joy and calm in your life.
This course is not free but if you are interested and would like further information then please click here.
The Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families, Community Roots site, the Mind homepage and the NHS site all have a wealth of additional information about looking after our mental health during these times.
Please click on the link below to go straight to the sites home page.
Brighton and Hove Family Learning
Brighton and Hove Services offers a range of courses designed to support Families to learn together.
Parents and carers can attend these courses and gain a range of skills which in turn can benefit the whole family.
These short courses are fun, relaxed and run for small groups, with no grading or exams.
Bereavement Support for yourself and your family
If you have suffered a bereavement and are in need of support please remember there is help available. Winston's Wish have a Freephone National Helpline which is free to call on 08088 020 021 and offers advice, guidance and support following a bereavement. Their expert team provides bereavement support for parents and carers.
Seeking help for you or someone else
If you or someone in your family needs help and they live in Brighton and Hove please click on the link below which will take you to the Brighton and Hove Council web-page which gives you all the information you need about seeking help for yourself or someone else in need.
If you would like to find out more about our local food banks please click on the links below.
SEND Family Support
Amaze is a helpful website which provides SEND families with up to date information, advise and support. Click on the link below to go to their website:
Within the information provided you will find:
- FAQ’s for all parents
- FAQ’s for parents in Brighton and Hove
- Community Help Postcard to help vulnerable SEND families during COVID-19
If you would like to contact a member of Amaze staff please uses their details below:
Call 01273 772289 or email email@example.com
Hackney Council have some really useful information on their site, please click on their link below if you would like support with any of the following:
- Social stories to support children and young people with Autism about coronavirus
- Calendar of support structure at home
- Daily planner of support structure at home
Care needs and support:
- Please note there is a new inbox for the Specialist Community Disability Service should there be any concerns around care needs and support: SCDSPartner@brighton-hove.gov.uk
- For other areas of SEND you can send enquiries to BHISS@brighon-hove.gov.uk This inbox will be checked on daily basis and be followed up as soon as possible, alternatively you can call 01273 293481 and leave a message.
It is more now more that ever to make sure we are looking after ourselves and others. We have attached some information and contact details for you to use if you see or hear anything which causes you concern.