Health and Wellbeing Services


Links to organisations providing Covid-19 resources

Devon County Council

Coronavirus advice for parents and carers, children and young people
https://www.devon.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-in-devon/#children

Action for Children

There is a lot of information out there so it can be difficult to know where to go. AFC have collected a selection of resources to help you take care of yourself and your family. Or you can talk to parenting coaches online.
https://www.parents.actionforchildren.org.uk/covid-19-advice-support

netmums

A range of support, advice, resources and ideas for parents
https://www.netmums.com/coronavirus/coronavirus-need-to-know

Space*

Digital Youth Work
https://spacepsm.org/

Young Devon

If you are a young person who needs advice, a parent who needs guidance or a supporter who wants to learn about our new ways of working, our Coronavirus Resource Hub is for you
https://wwwyoungdevon.org/coronavirus-resource-hub
Local Links to organisations providing Covid-19 resources

Roots Community Enhancement

A Community Interest Company, run not for profit, but for the good of Dawlish, Teignmouth and the surrounding areas. We deliver groups, training and support.
https://www.facebook.com/rootscommunityenhancement/

Coastal Youth Action

Youth provision in Teignmouth
https://www.facebook.com/Coastal-Youth-Action-1240103019505884/

Please send us any other links to local provision that we can highlight to other, Many thanks.

 Links to Mental health, Safeguarding information and support
  • Mental health
Guidance and revised support for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) intervention is available on the Children and Family Health Devon website. CAMHS are also offering additional 24/7 telephone support. Please contact 03300 245 321 during normal hours (8am-5pm, Mon to Fri) or 0300 555 5000 outside these hours.

Young Devon provide information, advice and counselling for children and young people over 11. If you need to talk to someone, please email wellbeingenquiries@youngdevon.org. Anyone already receiving support through Young Devon’s Wellbeing service should email yes.exeter@youngdevon.org or call 07935364652 and leave a message with your name and contact details.

Kooth offers free, safe and anonymous online support and counselling for young people.

Young Minds have a range of help and advice, including a guide for parent’s on how to support your child during the coronavirus pandemic and advice for young people about how they can look after their own mental health.

Childline have a similar advice page on how to cope during lockdown and also offer a free counselling service online or over the phone. Or you could try PsychCentral’s 49 phrases to calm an anxious child.

Meanwhile, the NHS Every Mind Matters website has tips to help if you are worried about coronavirus and how to look after your mental wellbeing while staying at home – you can even make your own Mind Plan.

Bristol Mental Health Trust and Trauma Foundation have developed a document to help people who are struggling with anxiety at this time. This document is available in 15 different languages.

The NHS has produced a mood self-assessment tool to help you better understand how you’ve been feeling. And if you become aware that you would like to talk about how you are feeling, mental health helplines can provide support.

For anyone experiencing suicidal feelings, Samaritans offer free online advice and are ready to answer calls and emails at any time day or night. Call 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org if you need to talk.

Government guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is available on their website.

Protecting children from harm

Safeguarding procedures

Protecting children from harm remains our top priority. If you are worried that a child is at risk or concerned that they are being abused please call 0345 155 1071 or email mashsecure@devon.gov.uk. If it’s an emergency call 999.

Our existing child protection procedures remain in place.

Online exploitation
Online exploitation remains an ever-increasing risk, and the current restrictions are likely to increase that activity as the places and spaces young people operate in becoming increasingly reliant on virtual media as a substitute. Young people will be spending a lot more time online and will be at greater risk of online grooming and exploitation.

Devon and Cornwall Police – working in partnership with Dorset Police – have collected information to support both parents/carers and young people to spot the signs of online exploitation.

The online safety section above offers advice about how to keep children safe online. And the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command has published amended guidance and resources regarding online Child Sexual Exploitation risk.

Abuse

Domestic violence and abuse

This is a difficult and worrying time for everyone – but particularly so for adults and children living with abuse, and the professionals working hard to support them.

Devon and Cornwall Police are eager to remind victims of domestic abuse that you are not alone. If you need support and advice, please visit their domestic abuse support page or contact Devon Victim Care.

Devon’s regional domestic violence and abuse support charity, Splitz, continue to offer support to anyone suffering abuse.

National charity Refuge have a free 24-hour helpline. If you need help now, call 0808 2000 247 for expert advice and support.

More information about domestic abuse is available on the Devon and Cornwall Police website, and the NSPCC also has guidance on how to keep children safe from abuse.

SafeLives also have resources for parents, children families and practitioners available on their website. New resources are being added every day, and you can sign up for updates. You can also join SafeLives’s community platform to access webinars and resources as well as to network with others across the country.

Please also note that Boots chemists are offering safe spaces within their pharmacies for victims of domestic abuse.

Sexual abuse

The Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) advice line is still fully functioning and available 24/7. Call on 03003034626, or visit the SARC website.

Stop It Now offer confidential support for those who are worried about their or someone else’s sexual thoughts/behaviour. Visit the Stop It Now website or call 0808 1000 900.

Information on how to protect children from child sexual abuse is available on the Parents Protect website, while the NSPCC’s PANTS rule provides simple and clear messages that are easy for children to understand.

In an emergency, call the police on 999.
Young Devon
If you are a young person who needs advice, a parent who needs guidance or a supporter who wants to learn about our new ways of working: our Coronavirus Resource Hub is for you.
https://www.youngdevon.org/coronavirus-resource-hub
Young Devon Wellbeing Toolkit
Our team are still contactable, delivering our Wellbeing services over the phone or by video-call. If you are struggling, and need to talk to someone, please contact us, email wellbeingenquiries@youngdevon.org and someone will get back to you as soon as they can. For anyone already receiving support through our Wellbeing service, please email yes.exeter@youngdevon.org or call 07935364652 and leave a message with your name and contact details.
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