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Emotional and Behavioural Needs

Emotional and Behavioural Needs

This is a huge aspect for consideration in the current circumstances.  Everyone’s emotional stability and behavioural routines have changed.  Adults and children are in a period of adjustment that we have never seen the like of before.  As a family, you are in this together and you will need to sit down together and talk through how you are going to structure the next few weeks.  Don’t try to forward plan too much or base any plans on perceived ideas of how long this will last.  We are all guessing – even the cleverest health professionals and high ranking government ministers just don’t know and are taking things one day at a time.  Involve every member of the family in the planning for the next few weeks – listen to everyone’s opinion – discuss sensibly what will and won’t work for you – don’t be alarmist or listen to too much news – try to see the positives and enjoy this time of family togetherness. The government website has a section dedicated to how parents and carers can support the mental health and well-being of themselves and their children as can be accessed at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

Also have a look at:

www.youngminds.org.uk – lots of information about the current issues around coronavirus and other resources for promoting good mental health.

 

If you are in crisis and need some help and support please let us know and we will do our best to direct you to the relevant services.  You may also find the following website useful:

www.naccc.org.uk – for information on supported contact centres

www.nfm.org.uk/new-service-co-parenting-through-the-coronavirus-crisis/ – a new service from National Family Mediation

www.relate.org.uk – advice and tips for keeping relationships healthy during self-isolation and social distancing

www.gingerbread.org.uk/coronavirus

www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/2020/03/17/supporting-children-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak

 

These websites have simple and practical support for dealing with bereavement during this time:
How to tell a child or young person that someone has died from coronavirus
How to say goodbye when a funeral isn't possible

We understand that many children are worried by what they hear and see in the news, and you may wish to read this:

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