Updated guidance for parents and carers on educational settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
We have updated our guidance for parents and carers on what they need to know about early years providers, schools, and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to align with policy announcements already made, for example, the flexibility for primary schools to welcome back additional pupils where they have the capacity to do so. We have also changed the layout of the page in response to user feedback to help parents and carers navigate to the information they need.
The guidance can be found here:
Below, you will find support from a variety of areas that may help you and your family during this difficult time.
Please follow these useful links if you feel that you need help or support for yourself or your child/ren:
Action for Children - https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/
Anna Freud (advice for parents, carers and children) - https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/anna-freud-learning-network/coronavirus/
Banardos - https://www.barnardos.org.uk/
Blackburn Foodbank - https://blackburn.foodbank.org.uk/
Childline - https://www.childline.org.uk/
Child Action NW - http://canw.org.uk/
Diocese of Blackburn Safeguarding -https://www.blackburn.anglican.org/ (safeguarding section)
Kooth - https://www.kooth.com/
Prevention of Young Suicide - https://papyrus-uk.org/
Wish Centre - http://www.bddwa.org/
Women's Aid - https://www.womensaid.org.uk/
If you need help from school phone 01254 277350 and leave a message stating clearly your childs name and class. Your message will be picked up and a member of staff will call you back.
Helping children cope with COVID-19 - top tips on how to support your children at this difficult time
Use the link below for advice on keeping children safe from abuse:
Domestic Violence Help - if you are experiencing violence in the home, the poster will offer guidance and support that you may need
If you are in need of emergency help from the police but you cannot talk, because of who is around etc, then you can call 999 as you normally would in an emergency situation.
You will then be prompted by the operator as to whether it is a 'silent call' meaning that you cannot explain what the issue is.
When prompted you should press 55 on your handset, this will let the police know that you are in need of emergency help but cannot speak due to the situation you are in.
'BRIGHT SKY' APP FOR THE MOBILE PHONE - Download this app on your phone to get advice if you are suffering from domestic violence and need help or if you need advice on supporting someone you know who is suffering.
CONTACTS/SUPPORT SITES: Centres that can help if you are experiencing Domestic Violence
Gwen Bleasedale - Liberty Centre - 07725 961258
Liz Stanton - Progress - 01772 435865
The Change Project - for the perpetrator - https://www.thechange-project.org/domestic-abuse/
BwD Help Hub offers support to most vulnerable families
BwD have launched a Help Hub to support residents in need during the Coronavirus outbreak. The Hub is providing a range of support, from organising deliveries of food and essential supplies to people in the greatest need, providing information and advice, to weekly telephone calls to help keep people’s spirits up during periods of isolation.
Four Neighbourhood Hubs, based around existing neighbourhoods, are supporting residents in: Blackburn North, Blackburn East, Blackburn West and Darwen.
How it works:
Anyone in Blackburn with Darwen who has no support that they can call on through family, friends or neighbours can get in touch with the Help Hub:
- By filling in the online form at www.theshuttle.org.uk/coronavirus
- By calling 01254 588111