Health & Wellbeing
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is going to affect daily life, as the government and the NHS take necessary steps to manage the pandemic, reduce transmission and treat those who need medical attention.
Regardless of their age, this may be a difficult time for children and young people. Some may react immediately, while others may show signs of difficulty later on.
How a child or young person reacts can vary according to their age, how they understand information and communicate, their previous experiences, and how they typically cope with stress. Adverse reactions may include thinking about their health or that of family and friends, fear, avoidance, problems sleeping, or physical symptoms such as stomach ache.
Looking after your own mental health
As well as thinking about the children or young people in your care, it is important to take care of your own mental health and wellbeing. Children and young people react, in part, to what they see from the adults around them. When parents and carers deal with a situation calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children and young people. Parents and carers can be more supportive to others around them, especially children, when they are better prepared.
NHS Hertfordshire Community
The ‘Schools and Families Advice Line’ (SFAL) is a new service established to provide emotional wellbeing advice and early help to children and young people, school staff and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It can be really worrying when you, or someone you know is going through a difficult time. If you feel this service could help, please call our Single Point of Access (SPA) who will take your details before passing them onto our call back service.
You will get a call back from a mental health practitioner between 8am-5pm, Monday -Friday.
How can the service help?
Supporting school staff by:
- Signposting to wellbeing resources which could be used in the classroom.
- Supporting education staff to think about how they might adapt their current wellbeing processes to the COVID-19 situation.
- General discussion and psychoeducation for school staff around wellbeing/coping methods/normalising etc.
- Signposting individual staff to wellbeing resources (e.g. hard copy/virtual and website based/phone apps).
- One-off phone/video consultations to discuss staff wellbeing.
Supporting children, young people and their families by providing early advice around managing:
- Specific anxieties (around COVID-19/self-isolating measures, transition between year groups, developing and maintaining relationships, fear of failure, low self-esteem or aspirations, trust issues, social anxiety, etc.)
- Phobias (animals/insects, specific food stuffs, specific objects, modes of transport etc.)
- Low mood
- Emotional regulation difficulties.
- Mild obsessive compulsive difficulties that are starting to impact day to day activities.
BBC Children in Need
Are supporting disadvantaged children and young people affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Donations received from the BBC’s The Big Night In appeal mean we can extend the support provided by the Emergency Essentials Programme. This will help us to reach more children and young people with the essential items they need.
Many families will be unable to send their child back to school for some time. To help reduce the pressure of isolation on families, we are providing grants for additional items. This includes:
- Supporting access to education resources through grants for digital devices. This includes laptops and tablets.
- Grants for toys and games.
- The programme is also experiencing a rise in applications for other essential items. These items include washing machines, cookers and fridge/freezers.
Thanks to donations received, we can also award more of these essential items.
Family Fund Business Services administer the grants on their behalf. They work with local organisations to reach families who are in need of our support. For more information about eligibility and how to apply for a grant, please visit their website.
The only 24/7 text based support service in the UK. It is free and you can text SHOUT to 85258 for support from a fully trained volunteer. The advantage is that the support is available when other services are not open and it is confidential and private as you don't have to have a conversation out loud.
We take over 1000 texts a day from children and adults suffering from all sorts of issues from suicidal thoughts/ self harming/ anxiety/ depression/ bullying and family issues.
Stop It Now!
Helping to prevent child sexual abuse - please click here to see further information.
Help support individuals, schools, youth and community settings affected by bullying. Please click here to head to their website.
Families Feeling Safe
Our service has a new landline 01462 700021.
To contact Fiona or Dave please use our mobile numbers:
- Fiona Benjamin 07748 332606
- Dave Austin 07929 742295
Hertfordshire County Council
Children and Young People during Coronavirus
Healthy Eating & Exercise
Message from our PE Department
Hertfordshire Mind Network
HMN have launched a new early intervention and prevention helpline for children and young people aged 10-17 in Herts. The helpline will provide a safe, non-judgemental space to talk to a Young People Advisor or Mentor who will provide emotional support, advice and information, signposting and discuss coping strategies. For opening hours and more information please visit their website. The Helpline number is 01923 256391 - they are also able to offer support to parents either through this line, or the 18+ 24/7 line - reached through the same number.
This organisation has been awarded the Royal Society for Public Health Children & Young People's Award, for our commitment to the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Gloucestershire, Hertfordshire and Brighton & Hove. BeeZee Bodies
Offers easy access to a range of information, resources and support for helping you understand how to deal with your anxiety during these difficult times while Coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting on our lives. Anxiety UK
Signpost is fully committed to the continued provision of counselling, coaching and other support to help young people aged 10-25 and living in South and West Hertfordshire overcome problems in their lives.
Tring Team Parish
During the Coronavirus Crisis all Church of England Services have been cancelled. We will provide online worship resources including a video of a weekly service and sermon. Sadly our churches are closed too. However, if you know of any one in need, or you are yourself please don't hesitate in calling. https://www.tringteamparish.org.uk/
Online magazine with helpful articles, personal experiences and tips from young people and our Kooth team plus Discussion Boards, Daily Journal and Chat with the Team.
With the increased media coverage about COVID-19, much of which is unhelpful, we wanted to share some practical suggestions to help you cope and survive the ongoing situation. OCD UK
The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH)
Think U Know
Home activity packs for parents/carers about online safety during this time when young people will be spending more time at home and online. Think U Know
Dr Kathy Weston
Help for Families Evidence-based tips for busy parents to 'try and apply' - created to help children thrive at home and in school.
The School Nurse Team
Instagram account for secondary school aged children and will post advice and support specific to teen health. NHS Teen Health
Instagram account for parents and families hct_schoolnursing which provides up to date Twitter account HCT_SchoolNurse
We are continuing one to one tier 1 work with children and young people to support their emotional health & well-being via video calls. Parents and professionals can refer via https://www.hct.nhs.uk/our-services/school-nursing/
Our duty School Nurse line is also available Monday to Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm on 03001 237572
Dacorum Family Services & Link
ASD & Autism
ADHD management during the COVID-19 pandemic https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanchi/article/PIIS2352-4642(20)30110-3/fulltext
Crisis text line - text ‘Hector’ to 85258
Helpline: 08088 020 021
Recovery College Online
Online courses best aimed at adults in supporting young people and colleagues during the pandemic. Recovery College Online
Activity Ideas and Resources - primary school age
Put together by Pupil Support Worker, Natalie who works with Sam Lindars, Tring Family Support Worker. These resources will be more suited to younger children.
Tring Sports Centre
TSC going online with Group exercise workouts, Swim School Activities and Land base training for Swimmers.