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Coronavirus Advice and Useful links

Below are some links to areas which may be useful to you or your child.


Talking to Children About Coronavirus

How to cope if you’re feeling anxious about the outbreak

Anna Freud: Video for parents

Anna Freud: Video for children & young people

Supporting Children during social distancing

National Autistic Society – Covid-19 guidance and helpline for parents, young people and staff

Mencap - Easy Read guide to Coronavirus

Guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing

Talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing

Bereavement Links below:-

St Joseph’s Hospice supports people affected by a death

The Loss Foundation offers group support and guidance for adults experiencing bereavement by cancer, but will be extending their service in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

Cruse Bereavement Care provides support including telephone contact and group support. Visit  Hopeagain is the Cruse service for young people.  Visit

Child Bereavement UK supports families and children going through a bereavement. Visit


The Compassionate Friends (TCF) provides support, understanding and comfort to bereaved siblings and parents coping with a death. Visit

Winston's Wish provides services to bereaved children, young people and their families +  offers practical support and guidance. Visit

Childline offers support via telephone counselling and through providing information and advice to children + young people. Visit



Advice and Guidelines from the Department of Education  


Updated guidance for parents and carers on the wider opening of educational settings

We have updated our information for parents and carers about the wider opening of education settings to include details about opening secondary schools to years 10 and year 12 pupils from 15 June and to provide links to guidance on safer travel.

The guidance can be found here:


The information below has not changed since yesterday.

Preparing for the wider opening of schools and early years settings

Guidance on the actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June, at the earliest, can be found here:

Guidance for secondary schools to help them prepare to offer face-to-face support to year 10 and year 12 pupils from 15 June can be found here:

Guidance for parents and carers as schools and other education settings in England open to more children and young people can be found here:

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Opening hours:

8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the helpline.

Updated handwashing advice

It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene. E-Bug has published posters on hand hygiene, and covering coughs and sneezes, to display in bathrooms, classrooms and shared spaces.

The hand and respiratory hygiene posters and other educational resources can be found here:

Collection of guidance for educational settings on GOV.​UK

All of the Department for Education’s coronavirus guidance for educational settings can be found in one place on GOV.​UK at:


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