Coronavirus information for parents and carers
There is a lot of uncertainty around the current COVID-19 outbreak, with guidance constantly changing. Understandably, this is causing a lot of worry and anxiety for children, families and staff living and working within Central Bedfordshire, and this page contains a number of resources available to support you.
For the latest school information, visit our dedicated schools page.
Parent information leaflet - where and how to seek help when your child is unwell
View or download advice on what to do if your child is unwell (for COVID-19 period), from Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which provides information on what to do if your child is unwell.
Non-school childcare availability
NHS help and support in Central Bedfordshire
NHS help and support continues to be available across Central Bedfordshire through our mental health and community health services. Caring healthcare professionals are available at the end of the phone to help you or your loved ones – find out about the services available.
Children’s mental health
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has produced a poster on helping children cope with stress during the COVID-19 outbreak, as part of its advice for the public and the British Psychological Society has produced advice on talking to children about COVID-19.
Mental Health app ThinkNinja
The ThinkNinja app has been updated with specific COVID-19 support scripts. The new content is designed to bring self-help knowledge and skills to children and young people (10-18 years old) who may be experiencing increased anxiety and stress during this time. The new content provides an opportunity for young people to understand the following:
- fears relating to the virus
- isolation struggles and how to stay connected to family and friends
- worries about personal health and health of family members
- coping techniques to use during the crisis
- many other helpful tips
Children’s guide to coronavirus
The Children’s Commissioner has put together a short guide to help explain to children, in language they can understand, some of the issues surrounding coronavirus.
Autism Bedfordshire COVID-19 support services
Autism Bedfordshire has provided a range of additional free services and downloadable resources to help families during this difficult period.
A YoungMinds survey, Coronavirus: Impact on Young People with Mental Health Needs, reported that 83% of under 25s (2111 surveyed) with a history of mental health issues responded that the pandemic had made their mental health worse.
As such, YoungMinds has provided advice and resources for young people, parents and carers during the pandemic, including for those with eating disorders, OCD and anxiety.
Children’s Book explaining COVID-19
Parents and carers may find this online book, which explains COVID-19 to younger children, helpful.
Mental Health Crisis
In the event of an emergency, young people can access an All-Age Crisis helpline available 24 hours per day:
- ELFT Bedfordshire All Age Crisis Team - 01234 315691
- ELFT Luton All Age Crisis Team - 01582 538631
- Need help now?