Last reviewed and updated 15th June 2020

We’ve compiled a list of links to sites with useful information relating to the Coronavirus/covid-19 outbreak in the UK. Apologies that this is not the prettiest blog post or page, but hopefully some of the information may be useful and it seems better to get it out there now (rather than delay to take time making the page look better). Links to some of the sites were in our Coronavirus Special Update earlier in March; however, some of those sites have been updated since then and links to others are added here for the first time.  NB: A new section about Exams and Qualifications has been added 18th April,

Please take care and look after yourselves – stay home to stay safe and save lives!

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General

What you need to do, Government site

Statement from the Chief Medical Officers of the UK about revised list of symptoms (added 24th May)

Advice for everyone, NHS (this site’s information has been updated)

Coronavirus FAQs about what you can and can’t do – Government site (updated on 5th June) 

Information about wearing and making cloth face coverings Public Health England (added 15th June)

Requesting a test – for anyone with Coronavirus symptoms over the age of 5 years (added 24th May)

Covid-19 Resources for parents and carers, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (added 18th April)

Guidance for households with possible infection, Government site (added 8th April)

Tell the NHS about your Coronavirus experience, NHS – for people who have symptoms of Covid-19 (added 8th April)

Latest update on Coronavirus pandemic by Dr Kathryn Cobain, short film by Worcestershire’s Director of Public Health (added 5th April)

Children’s Guide to Coronavirus, Children’s Commissioner for England (added 5th April)

Coronavirus – A book for children, free to download from Nosy Crow books, with input from Professor Graham Medley and illustrations by Axel Scheffler (added 8th April)

In This Together, free downloadable audio book explaining Coronavirus (added 18th April)

Brainpop Coronavirus animation, explains Coronavirus to children/young people  (added 18th April)

Short film about how to wash your hands, NHS

Child-friendly song about washing hands, NHS

Coping practically and emotionally, Family Lives

Parenting through Coronavirus, Institute of Health Visitors (includes things to do with your children while social distancing, plus lots of other links) (added 18th April)

Coronavirus, what it means to you,  Citizens’ Advice

Coronavirus Crisis: Guidance on Compliance with Family Court Child Arrangement Orders, Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Share checklist to prevent spreading disinformation, Government site

Statement from Chief Constable Anthony Bangham, West Mercia Police (added 5th April)

 

Specific information for certain groups of people

Coronavirus health advice for people with Asthma, Asthma UK

ng advice for very high risk groups, Asthma UK (added 18th April)

Coronavirus resources and tips etc for people with autism, National Autistic Society

Autism, anxiety and Coronavirus, Autism East Midlands

Autistic How To Cope With Covid19, short film by Purple Ella (added 5th April)

Helpful resources for autistic people and families,  National Autistic Society (added 5th April)

Advice for carers, Carers UK

Advice for carers of those with severe mental illness, Rethink Mental Illness

Coronavirus and diabetes, Diabetes UK

Coronavirus – advice for the Duchenne community, Action Duchenne

Eating disorders and Coronavirus, BEAT

Coping with an eating disorder during the coronavirus pandemic, Young Minds

Tips for coping with OCD during the crisis, Young Minds

Covid-19 and pregnancy, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (the RCOG update their information regularly) 

Advice for pregnant women of Black, Asian and other ethnic minority backgrounds – the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (added 15th June)

The care pregnant women should expect – Healthwatch England (added 15th June)

Shieldi

Covid-19 Rights and benefits during pregnancy and maternity leave, Maternity Action

Coronavirus and pregnancy, short film with Dr Jo Mountfield, vice president of Royal College Of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (added 18th April)

Statement re antenatal care and pre-eclampsia care, Action on Pre-
Eclampsia (added 5th April)

Coronavirus and Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, Best Beginnings (added 18th April)

Midwives’ Message, A message of reassurance and support from the midwives of Worcestershire Royal Hospital – short film  (added 8th April)

Maternity services in Worcestershire during Covid-19 outbreak

Coronavirus (COVID-19) SEND Local Offer, Worcestershire County Council SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)  information

Coronavirus social story, Makaton (free to download, added 29th April)

Stay at home for Ramadan, Public Health Matters (added 29th April)

 

Mental Health

The Young Minds charity has lots of information about Coronavirus and mental health:

Talking to your child about Coronavirus

Tips for coping with OCD during the crisis

Coping with an eating disorder during the Coronavirus pandemic

Looking after your mental health while self-isolating

What to do if you’re anxious about Coronavirus

Coronavirus: Impact on young people with mental health needs,  (added 8th April)

Parents’ tips for looking after yourself in lockdown  (added 29th April)

The Blurt Foundation has the following information:

Coronavirus and your mental health

Coronavirus Helpful Hub 

Self-care for when the news is terrifying 

 

The following sites also have useful mental health information:

Every Mind Matters, NHS (added 18th April)

Mental Wellbeing While Staying At Home, NHS Every Mind Matters

Coronavirus and your wellbeing, MIND 

Managing your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak, Rethink Mental Illness

Looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak, Mental Health Foundation

Coronavirus, mental health, wellbeing, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and families

Look after your mental health and wellbeing when staying at home, Mental Health Foundation (added 29th April)

Loneliness during coronavirus,  Mental Health Foundation (added 29th April)

Living with the pandemic if you already have mental health problems, Mental Health Foundation (added 29th April)

Looking after your mental health while working during the coronavirus outbreak, Mental Health Foundation (added 29th April)

Children’s Self-care kit, pdf download by Sheffield NHS Trust (added 29th April)

Guide to wellbeing apps for children, Internet Matters

Talking to your children about scary world news, Mental Health Foundation (added 18th April)

Talking to a child who’s worried about coronavirus, NSPCC (added 29th April)

Guidance to parents and carers about how to help children and young people manage their mental health and wellbeing, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and families

Coronavirus: maintaining the lifeline for children receiving treatment, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (added 29th April)

Advice for parents, carers and people that work with children and  young people  (Supporting those with worries about Covid-19), Emerging Minds, University of Oxford, University of Southampton (added 29th April)

 

The Worcestershire Community

Worcestershire County Council Coronavirus page

Worcestershire County Council Coronavirus advice for parents (added 24th May)

Latest update on Coronavirus pandemic by Dr Kathryn Cobain, short film by Worcestershire’s Director of Public Health (added 5th April)

Here2Help Worcestershire, find or offer support/help locally

Can you be Here 2 Help in Worcestershire?,  short Worcestershire County Council film about the voluntary scheme to help others in the community (added 5th April)

5 simple steps to look after yourself and others, short Worcestershire County Council film

What is Here2Help?,  short Worcestershire County Council film

Support during Covid 19, Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust Resources for Children’s Speech and Language Therapy (added 8th April)

Getting through Covid-19 – How can we help?, survey by Worcestershire Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Team – closes 14th April (opened & added 8th April)

Midwives’ Message, A message of reassurance and support from the midwives of Worcestershire Royal Hospital – short film  (added 8th April)

Maternity services in Worcestershire during Covid-19 outbreak

Coronavirus (COVID-19) SEND Local Offer, Worcestershire County Council SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)  information

Message of reassurance for Worcestershire residents, Youtube message by Elaine Carolan, Worcestershire County Council’s Interim Strategic Director for People Services (added 29th April)

Support during Covid-19, Worcestershire Starting Well Partnership (added 29th April)

Statement from Chief Constable Anthony Bangham, West Mercia Police (added 5th April)

Open letter from Worcestershire County Council about the wider opening of schools (on the council’s website (the Coronavirus advice for parents and carers page). (added 24th May)

 

 

Staying Home!

Most of us are having to change the way we do many things at the moment.  Some of these sites may be useful (for children and adults) who want ideas of what to do.

5 tips for family wellbeing while staying at home, Action For Children (added 29th April)

Supporting happy parental relationships, Worcestershire Children First/Here2Help (added 29th April)

Coping practically and emotionally during the Covid-19 outbreak, Family Lives (added 29th April)

Secondary Parents’ Survival Guide – BBC Bitesize (How to tackle lockdown emotions, How to be more disciplined and How to limit screen time) (added 15th June)

COVID-19: tips to help separated parents cope, Parent Info (CEOP and Parent Zone) (added 29th April)

Stay In, Work Out (keeping or getting active in and around your home), Sport England

15 ways to keep active indoors, Today’s Parent

Online educational resources, UK government site (added 18th April)

Art ideas during lockdown, Susan Birth, Worcestershire artist (added 18th April)

BBC Bitesize, BBC lessons, videos and activities for ages 3 – 16+ (added 29th April)

Activities at home, Museums Worcestershire colouring in sheets and activities (added 29th April)

Education resources and keeping children entertained – arts and crafts, Worcestershire Children First (added 29th April)

Getting back to school at home, Internet Matters (added 29th April)

Home schooling tips, Action For Children (added 29th April)

Charles Darwin learning activities for 7 – 11 year olds, Cambridge University Darwin Project (added 29th April)

Parenting through Coronavirus, Institute of Health Visitors (includes things to do with your children while social distancing, plus lots of other links) (added 18th April)

Coronavirus tips (& activities) for families, Zero to Three (added 18th April)

Videos and activities, GoNoodle 

Online Safety home activity packs, ThinkUKnow

Online safety activities you can do from home, Childnet (added 8th April)

Online safety home activity packs, Think U Know (new packs released each fortnight) (added 29th April)

Keeping your child safe online parent’s helpsheet, primary, Think U Know (added 29th April)

Keeping your child safe online parent’s helpsheet, secondary, Think U Know (added 29th April)

Online boredom-busting resources, Chatterpack (updated)

Amazing games guide for families, Internet Matters

WOW Activity pack, Women of West Mercia/West Mercia Police (added 8th April)

10 minute Disney shake-ups, Change 4 Life

Mental Wellbeing While Staying At Home, NHS Every Mind Matters

Coping calendar,  Action for Happiness

5 things the Doctor does in any worrying situation, Jodie Whittaker on YouTube

Digital safety and wellbeing kit, Children’s Commissioner for England. It provides tips and guidance for parents and there is a safety guide to staying safe online for children/young people (added 18th April)

Netflix parental controls guide, Internet Matters (added 18th April)

Preventing accidents, Child Accident Prevention Trust (added 18th April)

Home and garden safety checklist, RoSPA (added 29th April)

Baby Buddy Crisis Messenger, Best Beginnings (added 18th April)

 

Schools (added 15th June)

More children are now returning to schools (which have remained open for some children throughout the lockdown period).

The Department for Education has an education Coronavirus helpline open 8am – 6pm Mondays to Fridays: 0800 046 8687 (for those working in education and parents).

Links to the following information may be useful:

Worcestershire Schools web page – with information about the phased return. FAQs about schools etc.

Short film about what children (and parents) can expect with the new arrangements in schools  – Worcestershire Children First 

Resources for Coronavirus including advice for talking about new school rules – The Worcestershire Speech and Language Therapy Service 

Supporting a child returning to school – Young Minds

Fact sheet about returning to school – Nip In the Bud

 

Exams and Qualifications (added 18th April)

At the start of April Ofqual (the exams regulator) set out details of how students’ GCSEs and A-Levels will be awarded this year (as the usual summer exams have been cancelled).

Information about awarding GCSEs and A-Levels, Ofqual

Update following on from the above, Ofqual

Guidance for parents/carers and students, Ofqual

Consultation about how to implement arrangements for awarding GCSE, AS and A Level grades (closes on 29th April)

Other relevant information:

Information for centres delivering ASDAN qualifications, ASDAN 

Worcestershire Careers Helpline, for anyone aged 16 to 24

 

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List compiled 30th March 2020.

Updated 8th April 2020, 18th April 2020, 29th April 2020, 24th May, 15th June 2020.

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