Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mental health and wellbeing support available for children and young people in England

Resources for parents and carers:

  • PHE’s guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing
  • Every Mind Matters includes an online tool and email journey which aims to support everyone to feel more confident in taking action to look after their mental health and wellbeing. It also includes a section for parents and carers on looking after children and young people during the outbreak. 
  • NHS England has published advice for children and young people who may be feeling overwhelmed, and advice for parents, guardians and carers on how to help and support a child or young person with mental ill health.
  • The British Psychological Society’s advice for parents and carers on dealing with school closures and talking to children about COVID-19.
  • The Government’s online educational resources for home education with a section on mental wellbeing.
  • Virtual Oak National Academy for reception – Year 10 pupils, which offers daily online lessons, a weekly assembly with a pastoral focus and extra-curricular activities to help families maintain a routine at home (intended to complement, not replace, existing schools’ online learning offers).
  • BBC Education online learning content, for reception to Year 10 pupils, to support home learning, with weekly wellbeing tips provided via their social media pages.
  • The Starline parent helpline for home learning.

Early Help Support for parents

  •  The Early Help Advisory team is still working virtually. Their phone number is - 01628685976 (which is diverted to the team manager's work mobile) or email early.help@achievingforchildren.org.uk for advice regarding children and young people where there are no safeguarding concerns but where some extra help or advice is needed.
  • The Early Help Advisory team can offer advice on the telephone, signpost to appropriate services or explore further support via an Early Help referral (if an allocated service is needed).

Barnado's See, Hear, Respond programme

  • In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Barnardo’s, in partnership with The Department for Education (DfE), will be delivering a new and innovative programme across England that coordinates a dynamic sector response. The See, Hear, Respond programme aims to intervene and find the most vulnerable children and young people who are hidden from view; who are not currently receiving support and those who are at risk and/or experiencing adverse impact to their health and wellbeing.

Please go to the website for more details:

https://www.barnardos.org.uk/see-hear-respond