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Resources for pupils/students and families during the coronavirus outbreak

OHC&AT is committed to supporting all our pupils, students, families and staff during the coronavirus crisis. Here we have compiled some resources for staying safe online, looking after your mental health and wellbeing, and supporting home learning. We will keep this page updated as the situation develops.

 

Mental health and wellbeing

Time to Change is a campaign to change the way people think and act about mental health problems. Their website is full of useful resources, including Covid-19 specific information.

https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/

Action for Happiness is a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society. Their website is full of tips, resources including the monthly Action for Happiness calendar which provides daily suggestions for ways to look after each other.

https://www.actionforhappiness.org/

Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health. Their website has lots of resources relating to coronavirus, alongside a wealth of other useful information on supporting good mental health.

https://youngminds.org.uk/

The Mix is an online support service for young people aged 13-25, with advice and guidance on a wide range of subjects including money, relationships, mental health, safety and more.

https://www.themix.org.uk/

Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Their website has lots of useful information and resources, including information on Coronavirus and your wellbeing

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

Young people’s version

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/for-children-and-young-people/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

They have also produced a page to support key workers with managing their mental health.

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/coping-as-a-key-worker/

The Mental Health Foundation has tips and resources to help you look after your mental health, including information on mental health and wellbeing during the pandemic.

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/your-mental-health

The NHS Every Mind Matters page has been updated to include specific advice around maintaining good mental wellbeing while staying at home.

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-tips/

Public Health England has published guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak, including additional advice for those with specific mental health needs.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-public-on-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-the-public-on-the-mental-health-and-wellbeing-aspects-of-coronavirus-covid-19

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-public-on-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-the-public-on-the-mental-health-and-wellbeing-aspects-of-coronavirus-covid-19#additional-advice-for-groups-with-specific-mental-health-needs

MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health, for adults.

https://www.minded.org.uk/

Rise Above is a resource hub for young people, with advice, videos and activities around positive wellbeing, body image and relationships.

https://riseabove.org.uk/

 

Safeguarding and e-safety

National Online Safety has produced a range of useful guides for parents/carers, students and school staff on various aspects of online safety, including specific apps such as Houseparty, tips for remote learning, conversation starters around mental wellbeing and more.

https://nationalonlinesafety.com/guides

Internet Matters offers support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online.

https://www.internetmatters.org/

London Grid for Learning has a dedicated safeguarding and online safety resource hub for students, families and staff.

https://www.lgfl.net/online-safety/

Net-Aware is an NSPCC-backed initiative offering guidance on social networks, apps and games.

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

Parent Info is a collaboration between Parent Zone and CEOP, providing support and guidance for parents and carers around digital activity.

https://parentinfo.org/

Thinkuknow is a National Crime Agency website offering comprehensive advice for young people and parents/carers on staying safe online.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

UK Safer Internet Centre offers advice and guidance for young people and families. You can also report harmful online content for removal.

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/

Childline is a free, private and confidential service for anyone under the age of 19 to discuss anything. The website has lots of resources and advice on a wide range of topics, as well as videos, games and activities for children.

https://www.childline.org.uk/

CEOP offers reporting facilities for anyone with concerns about online sexual abuse or the way someone is communicating with them online.

https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

 

Coronavirus-specific information

Coronavirus: how to help safely – this GOV.UK page has guidance on safely providing care or help to a vulnerable person.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-how-to-help-safely–2

There is also guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing

Mentally Healthy Schools has produced a great round up of resources on mental health, wellbeing and coronavirus (please note, this is a link to a PDF).

https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/media/1960/coronavirus-mental-health-and-wellbeing-resources.pdf

Sensory Spectacle is a charity that works to support people with sensory processing difficulties (SPD). They have created downloadable information sheets about managing hand washing and symptom spotting for those with SPD.

https://www.sensoryspectacle.co.uk/spd-covid-19

Children’s TV presenter Konnie Huq is producing video content for children featuring STEM learning and experiments, arts & crafts, as well as reading and storytelling. Her channel includes a child-friendly video explaining the coronavirus and the current situation.

https://youtu.be/t7pKlGah8M0

 

Educational resources

The Department for Education has compiled a list of online educational resources for English, maths, STEM, PE, mental wellbeing and SEND.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-online-education-resources/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-online-education-resources-for-home-education

Skills Builder Partnership aims to promote the development of essential skills for success in work and life. They have made resources available online to support home learning during the pandemic.

https://www.skillsbuilder.org/homelearning

Youth Sport Trust’s Active Breaks page has resources for general fun physical activities for children to do throughout the day, including activity videos and physical activity bingo cards in both written and Makaton formats.

https://www.youthsporttrust.org/active-breaks

 

 

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Ken Cowdery, Chair of Governors

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