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Coronavirus: Support for families and schools

Supporting children to return to school

Solihull Community and Educational Psychology Service (CEPS) is working collaboratively with professionals and agencies across Solihull to ensure comprehensive support is in place to support schools, children and families when it time for children to return to educational settings. As part of this work CEPS have produced separate guidance for schools and families to support them through the transition and recovery process.

In addition, to accompany the Guidance ‘Supporting Children to return to school’, Transition and Recovery action plan meetings are now available for all schools in Solihull. Solihull Community and Educational Psychology Service (CEPS) are offering a single planning consultation session for Senior Leadership Teams facilitated by an Educational Psychologist focusing on the mental health and well-being of pupils, staff and families during the transition/recovery process. Senior Leadership Teams will be supported to develop phased action plans for supporting all pupils, staff and families, including those identified as vulnerable using evidence-based psychological models to formulate and plan provision.

To access this support schools are asked to contact CEPS via email: edpsych@solihull.gov.uk

An Educational Psychologist will then contact your setting to arrange a date and time for the meeting.

Guidance for Educational Settings

Guidance for Families

Supporting Educational Settings with Bereavement and Loss

Solihull Educational Psychology Service have drawn together a collection of the available resources on-line (with hyperlinks) to support schools and settings with bereavement and loss at this time. We have distilled key messages, as well as practical advice and guidance to help staff members reflect and identify possible actions and ways forward.

This resource is not a step-by-step manual, but provides a framework to help aid thinking with regards to how to support children, staff member and young people during these difficult times.

CEPS Guidance – Supporting Education Settings with Bereavement and Loss

Useful resources and links:

Websites:

American Psychological Association: Information on Pandemics (a wide range of resources)

https://www.apa.org/practice/programs/dmhi/research-information/pandemics?utm_source=linkedin&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=apa-pandemics&utm_content=pandemics-resources

Anna Freud: Self-Care and Coping Strategies

https://www.annafreud.org/selfcare/

BBC: How to protect your mental health

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51873799

Early Years: Zero to Three

https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/3210-tips-for-families-coronavirus

ELSA: Coronavirus Story for Children

https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/coronavirus-story-for-children/

National Association of School Psychologists: Parent Resources

https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource

The Psychologist: Coronavirus and Psychological Perspectives (articles and opinion pieces)

https://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/volume-33/april-2020/coronavirus-psychological-perspectives?utm_source=BPS_Lyris_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign

Southend Educational Psychology Service: Additional links and resources

http://www.southendlearningnetwork.co.uk/educationalpsychology

Special Needs Jungle: Parent-focused ideas, school resources, explanations for children

https://www.specialneedsjungle.com/calming-coronavirus-anxiety-children-everyone-else/#Update

Young Minds: Feeling Anxious about Coronavirus

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus