Face to face support is difficult at the moment, but many services are still being provided through excellent websites. Have a look below and click on any of the links to see what is being offered.
NEW for Spring 2021!
There is so much going on for everyone at the moment and not everyone is finding it easy. If you need support please have a look at these two new information sheets.
And don't forget the fabulous support available at the Guildford Family Centre including more dates just released for the Parenting Puzzle.
BAME Support Service
Barnardo’s has launched a vital new support service which we believe will make a positive difference to the lives of many Black, Asian and minority ethnic children, young people and their families impacted by Covid-19.
This is a UK-wide helpline which will focus on issues specifically affecting children, young people and families from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, who as we all know, have been hardest hit by the pandemic. The new service is a free telephone helpline and web chat facility for children, young people and families from these communities who are suffering the long-lasting and wide-ranging impact of Covid-19. Barnardo’s specialist advisors will aim to provide on-going support on a complex range of issues including mental health, bereavement, family break-down, neglect, back to school, parenting advice, counselling, family stress, discrimination, barriers to services and more.
You can find out more about the new helpline here: helpline.barnardos.org.uk/helpline
Barnardo’s ‘See, Hear, Respond’ service
See, Hear, Respond is a service provided across England by Barnardo’s and other national and local community-based organisations in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
See, Hear, Respond, provides support to children, young people and their families who aren’t currently seeing a social worker or other agency, and who are struggling to cope with the emotional impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19). See, Hear, Respond will support from pre-birth up to 18 years of age and those with special educational needs under the age of 25.
See, Hear, Respond will contact every referral made, so no child is missed. Help is available in one or more of four ways:
You can access via the ‘See, Hear, Respond’ service self-referral webpage or Freephone 0800 151 7015.
Health, Wellbeing and Emotional Wellbeing Support for Children in Surrey
Guide for Parents and Carers, September 2020 from the NHS, Healthy Schools Surrey and Surrey County Council. Your child’s health and wellbeing is important to us and now more than ever we want to ensure you know how to access the right advice, guidance and support for your family at the right time. This brief guide aims to summarise the key resources available to help maintain your child’s wellbeing and address any emotional needs.
Surrey Family Mediation Service
SFMS is a charity which was established nearly forty years ago with the sole purpose of providing assistance to those dealing with the breakdown of a family relationship. They have a panel of fully qualified family mediators who are available, usually at short notice, to provide information, guidance, assistance and signposting to those dealing with family breakdown. They regularly assist with issues including:
- Contact arrangements for children.
- Living arrangements for the whole family following a separation.
- Child maintenance.
- Financial settlements.
- Domestic abuse / allegations of domestic abuse (although this is in a purely signposting capacity).
For families who are on very low incomes or who are receiving benefits such as Universal Credit, income based ESA or Income Support, they can provide legally aided services, meaning it will be totally free to the client. Click on the link to see the website which contains more in depth information about what they do: www.sfms.org.uk
- What is Anxiety? Helping you to support your child.
- Strategies for Managing Anxiety. Helping you to support your child.
- Transitions to a new School: COVID-19. Helping you to support your child.
- Returning to school following lockdown and COVID-19. Helping you to support your child.
- Anxiety in the context of COVID-19. Helping you to support your child.
A child and adolescent psychiatrist at Priory Group - Dr Hayley van Zwanenberg - has recently provided valuable advice for parents on how to talk to their child about anxiety. They have produced an infographic using this information, which parents can use when explaining to their child why anxiety can happen, when it can happen and what they can do if they do become anxious.
One-to-One support from the Guildford Family Centre
"Our Family Support Team are working across the whole Guildford Borough, providing support to families with children aged 0-11 years old. Our team is here to offer support and guidance to help you get the best out of family life. We aim to work in partnership with families to empower each individual to reach their full potential. We provide a variety of courses and targeted sessions providing support with parenting and children with special educational needs and disabilities.
We know that sometimes you need dedicated support that helps your family. Our Family Support Workers do just that – offering home visits and one-to-one meetings at the Family Centre. This gives you the chance to tell us about the challenges you’re facing, and to let us help you find a way through. We do this in lots of ways – by encouraging you to get specialist help if you need it, and referring you to the right people so that you can take positive steps towards a happy, more secure family life."
They also have a very active Facebook page: Guildford Family Centre
The current advert for their services is here: GFC Offer
If there isn't a course available that suits your timings, the course is available on line at: https://www.netmums.com/support/netmums-parenting-course
Childline has a website for children under 12
You’ll find helpful info on things like: bullying, family, friends, feelings, school, abuse and staying safe. Further information: https://www.childline.org.uk/kids/
Surrey Family Information Service
FIS is a free impartial information and signposting service for families with children aged 0 to 19 (up to 25 years for those with additional needs). The role of our service is to help families get the most out of the information and services available in the community and online: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/families
We have a number of books in our room which support many of the issues children face. From welcoming a new family member to coping with a loved ones death, from understanding puberty to living with a sibling with behaviour issues, we've got it covered.
Please let me know if you'd like to borrow something.