Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, announces that vulnerable and disadvantaged young people across the country will receive free laptops to make remote education accessible for pupils staying at home during the coronavirus outbreak.
This week (Monday 20 April) the BBC is launching its own education package across TV and online, featuring celebrities and some of the best teachers – helping to keep children learning and supporting parents.
This is alongside new guidance published Sunday 19 April for parents on how best to support their child’s education and development.
Every fortnight @ClickCEOP are sharing new OnlineSafetyAtHome activity packs for primary and secondary age children on their parents/carers site. For fun, age-appropriate activities you can do with your child to help keep them safe online whilst they are off school, download the most recent packs here https://buff.ly/2XT1rWM
ThinkNinja is an app specifically designed to educate 10-18 year olds about mental health, emotional wellbeing and to provide skills young people can use to build resilience and stay well.
Before coronavirus, ThinkNinja was a commissioned service only, made available in parts of the country through the NHS, schools, local authorities as well as charities working with young people. Access was then provided to all children and young people aged 10-18 years old via an access code.
DURING THE CORONAVIRUS, ThinkNinja IS NOW FREELY AVAILABLE TO ALL.
The new content is designed to bring self-help knowledge and skills to children and young people (10-18 years old) who maybe experiencing increased anxiety and stress during this time. An increase in usage from those already accessing the App was highlighted in March, which was a significant indication that young people were worried about the virus.
Valentina (15), one of our young volunteers, took it upon herself to try out ‘Think Ninja’ for two weeks, to which she has provided an honest and reliable review of the app.
Bedfordshire Community Health Services have created a new website page for their Bedfordshire Services, and all the latest information regarding these services, during this outbreak, click on this link.
Bedfordshire Community Health Services have a centralised single point of access number for all Bedfordshire children’s services: 0300 555 0606.
The only exceptions to this are:
- Community nursing and continuing care services: 01234 310103
- Nutrition and dietetics service (for children and adults): 01582 707400
- Parentline, our confidential text message service connecting parents and health visitors, will continue to be available to text on 07507 331456
- ChatHealth, the confidential text messaging service for 11-19 year olds will continue to be available to text on 07507 331450
Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust have produced a fact sheet to help children understand what Coronavirus is, the importance of hand washing and how to help stop the virus spreading.
How are charities and other organisations helping us during the Covid-19 Pandemic?
- Autism Bedfordshire have a variety of free services which we hope will help families during the current lockdown. https://www.autismbedfordshire.net/support-for-children/autism-bedfordshire-covid-19-support-services/
- The Princes Trust have pulled together some of the most useful advice, guidance and resources so 11-30 year olds can continue to upskill by developing their confidence and abilities during this challenging time, as well as find the answers to questions on work and self-employment. They also have a live chat for advice and guidance. https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/about-the-trust/coronavirus-response/resource-centre
- ELFT is offering a range of free and confidential talking therapies and specialist support through its Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service: www.bedfordshirewellbeingservice.nhs.uk or 01234 880400 – telephone line open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm – online link available 24/7.
- ChildLine has produced a short video about depression for young people.
- The CAMHS service has a Cope-ometer to help younger children understand the link between stresses and mental health – but it applies to all of us!
- CHUMS mental health and emotional wellbeing service for Children and Young People can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org, or call: 01525 863924
- Carers in Bedfordshire are still here for carers. They are still also accepting new referrals. Please call their telephone support service on 0300 111 1919 between 9.30am and 4.30pm, or visit their website.
- Kooth is a free emotional support service for young people aged 11-18 years old https://www.kooth.com