Coronavirus has had a considerable impact on us all and it is important we are aware of the support that is available and accessible. With social distancing, self-isolation and reduced access to schools now part of our everyday lives, never has it been more important to signpost and share resources amongst our Bracknell Forest community of schools, parents, professionals and children and young people.
Below are links to 5 incredibly supportive resources we would like to signpost:
Resources and Information for Parents, Carers, Schools and Supporting Professionals During the Coronavirus. Dr Dawn Bradley has pulled together a comprehensive supportive document referencing a range of resources and useful links. The link above holds a useful collation of resources compiled from information shared by Educational and Child Psychologists throughout the UK.
Bracknell Forest EPS have developed a ‘Coronavirus and Bereavement’ document to support their school and parent community. It signposts several invaluable resources and supportive organisations. This document was developed to support children and young people who lose a loved one or someone they know to coronavirus (COVID-19). It offers support to schools and other settings as wells as parents or carers on how best to support children and young people who experience loss.
Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. ‘Coronavirus: a Book for Children’. The book has had expert input from professors of medicine, head teachers and a child psychologists.
The British Psychological Society and DECP have developed a Teacher Resilience Paper that is now live. This document is aimed at teaching staff and is a positive resource for EPs to signpost to school leaders/teachers.
The mental health charity ‘Mind’ has developed Wellness Actions Plans (WAPs). These are an easy, practical way of helping individuals to support their own mental health at work and for managers in helping to support the mental health of their team members.