We have put together a list of useful resources and support to help you through these challenging times. Feel free to share others with us.
Support for children and young people
- Young Minds – website, text help support for young people in crisis and social media
- Young Devon provide information, advice and counselling for children and young people over 11. If you need to talk to someone, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone already receiving support through Young Devon’s Wellbeing service should email email@example.com or call 07935 364652 and leave a message with your name and contact details.
- The ChatHealth text line allows young people aged 11-19 a place to talk completely confidentially with a school nurse about any worries or concerns they may have. Text 07520 631722.
- Kooth offers free, safe and anonymous online support and counselling for young people.
- Mind of my own (MOMO) – an app that allows young people who have access to a phone to share their wishes and feelings.
- Childline – Support for children and young people including their helpline and tips for coping when you’re off school
Support for parents and carers
- If you’re worried that your child’s mental health is in crisis, Devon’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) are offering 24/7 telephone support. Contact 03300 245 321 during normal hours (8am-5pm, Mon to Fri) or 0300 555 5000 outside these hours.
- Young Minds has online information for parents and a parent helpline for advice and support.
- NSPCC – Online information about supporting children with SEND during coronavirus, plus a telephone and email helpline.
- Public Health England – Guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health
- Mental Health Foundation – Parenting during the coronavirus outbreak – information and support
- Anna Freud Centre – The National Centre for Children and Families – coronavirus support
Home learning resources to support children and young people with SEND
- University College London – collected resources specifically to help children with SEND with home schooling, including how to help your child with study skills, working independently and independent living skills.
- The Oak Academy – online classroom offering free access to nearly 10,000 video lessons, quizzes and worksheets, including resources for children with SEN (look under specialist in the classroom).
- Chatterpack – Free home learning resources for families
- Twinkl – Free learning resources to meet specific special educational needs, disabilities and disorders
- BBC Bitesize – Find free lessons, videos, step-by-step guides, activities and quizzes by level and subject.
- ELSA Support – Free resources that support social and emotional learning
- The Book Trust – storytime with free online books and videos, games, book-themed quizzes, or learn how to draw.