Health & Wellbeing Services

  

Supporting Families - Summer 2020 - update from Teign CVS

Rosie Dawson – Roots, Dawlish support to families www.rootscommunityenhancement.org 'Roots Community Enhancement' on Facebook or 'Mum4Mum Dawlish'

Jackie Colby - www.dcfp.org.uk - Devon Children & Families Partnership for updates in local authority or contact Jackie.colby@devon.org.uk 01392 383000

Support for Crying Babies - helping parents, carers and families to understand and cope with a crying baby. ICON - (I) Infant Crying if normal, (C) comforting methods can help (O) it's OK to walk away, (N) never, ever shake a baby https://iconcope.org/

https://www.babcockldp.co.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-support-for-schools-parents-and-pupils/links-for-home-schooling-resources-and-activities/communication-and-interaction - this link is supporting engagement in the community; supporting back to school transition; summer activities; tips to support anxiety

Cygnet Parent Autism Awareness Programme – July-August 2020 (Parenting Help) - https://www.babcockldp.co.uk/disadvantaged-vulnerable-learners/send/communication-and-interaction/parents-and-carers/cygnet-parent-autism-awareness-programme-july-august-2020

Lin Wooldridge - THAT foodbank https://www.thatfoodbank.com - they have capacity for referrals across Teignbridge

Yvonne Mabry – Buckland Support https://www.facebook.com/Buckland-Support-Bus-496622350747748/

Links to Food Fund, Mental health, Safeguarding information and support.

The Covid Summer Food Fund https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-summer-food-fund

Through the Covid Summer Food Fund, schools can support eligible pupils with a £90 voucher to cover the 6-week holiday period.

The first of these vouchers must be issued to families before the end of the school term, and the final voucher must be issued to families by 14 August.

Supermarkets available

Through Edenred, you can access eGift cards for:

  • Aldi
  • Asda
  • Company Shop Group
  • Iceland, including The Food Warehouse Stores
  • M&S
  • McColl’s
  • Morrisons
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Tesco
  • Waitrose

Company Shop Group eGift cards are accepted in Community Shops and Company Shops. Further details can be found on their website.

Redeeming the vouchers

Once families have received their voucher, they will be able to redeem them in store at the selected retailer by either:

  • presenting the voucher on a smartphone or tablet
  • presenting a paper copy of the voucher

Guidance is available from Edenred for parents to help answer any questions they may have. The voucher does not have to be spent in full, in one transaction. To check how much money is left on the eGift card, parents can ask the supermarket’s customer services team when in store.

The vouchers must be used for food, and must not be redeemed for any age-restricted items, such as alcohol, cigarettes or lottery tickets.

Alternative support

Where eligible families would be unable to access any of the supermarkets available through using Edenred eGift cards, schools can make alternative voucher arrangements with a local supermarket that is not listed above.

Schools can claim for the £90 per pupil costs incurred in supporting benefits-related free school meal pupils through this alternative support during the summer holiday period.

Schools can claim for this through the exceptional costs fund in the autumn, providing schools have ordered their vouchers one week before their school term ends. Further details on when and how schools can claim for this will be confirmed in due course. Read more about claiming for exceptional costs associated with coronavirus (COVID-19).

Eligibility for the scheme

Any child currently in receipt of benefits-related free school meals or who becomes eligible during the summer term is eligible for the Covid Summer Food Fund.

Schools should continue to accept and verify free school meal applications up until the end of the summer term.

The eligibility criteria for free school meals can be found at apply for free school meals.

If a school receives a claim for an eligible child after the final ordering date of at least one week before your school term ends but before the start of the school’s summer holidays, it will be possible for the school to place an exceptional order for that child via the Edenred system.

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we are temporarily extending eligibility to include some groups who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF). See guidance for the temporary extension of free school meals eligibility to NRPF groups for more information.

The government expects that families that have been supported by the Covid Summer Food Fund will not be accessing the Local Authority Emergency Assistance Grant for the same purpose. The criteria for the Local Authority Emergency Assistance Grant is determined by local authorities.

Support for families

Further government support is available for families struggling as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). If families need urgent help, they can contact their local council to find out what services are available in their area.

Health and wellbeing https://www.dcfp.org.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-advice/#health

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 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.

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Torbay & South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

for advice and information, updated 1/5/2020, please click here:-

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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.
Tips, Tricks and Techniques for maintaining positive mental health during lockdown and beyond.

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