In these unprecedented times it can be overwhelming to be a parent or carer.
You’re not alone and there are plenty of support groups and charities offering information and advice to help us all through the coming weeks.
How to talk to children about coronavirus & school closures
For up to date information on school closures, visit the Department for Education information page.
How to look after your family’s mental health during this time
The following websites offer a range of tips and advice:
www.samaritans.org/ or call – 116123
For online, free support for young people visit www.kooth.com/
If you have concerns about the safety or wellbeing of a child
Call Somerset Children’s Social Care on 03001232224 or visit: www.somerset.gov.uk/education-and-families/report-a-child-at-risk/
Childline offer a mental health toolbox for children and phone/online 121 counselling service as well as safeguarding reporting. Call them on 0800 1111 or visit https://www.childline.org.uk/
If you are experiencing domestic abuse
Call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000247 or visit www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk
Children’s local services
If your child is receiving counselling or support here in Frome most organisations have (or are intending to) move sessions online/over the phone. Please contact the organisation directly. If you are on a waiting list for support they should still be able to offer advice or connect you with provision.
If you would like to access local support go to www.frometowncouncil.gov.uk/your-community/health-and-wellbeing/young-people-mental-health/ and contact a provider.
Pregnancy and babies
The NCT feeding helpline can be contacted on 0300 330 0700
Frome Health Visiting Team – 0300-3230118
Frome Birth Talk – provide free counselling services (via telephone) for pregnant women and new mothers in the local area. For more information visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/fromebirthtalk
Children with additional needs
Local family groups
Many local groups are moving online, providing activities or live streaming sessions. Contact individual groups for more info and look through the Frome parents Facebook page for communications www.facebook.com/FromeParents
For the latest information on school closures, exams and support for children eligible for free school meals, visit the Department for Education pages.
Last updated 25th March 2020.