#Coping guides for children, young people and families

#Coping is a new guide offering support to families struggling during the coronavirus lockdown. It has been produced by a group of leading local health and social care organisations and it signposts people to a range of information, and to groups in Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire who are experts in dealing with mental health, anxiety, stress, self care, wellbeing and sleep issues. The guide is being distributed via schools, the NHS, local authorities, and voluntary and community organisations and via the Berkshire West Safeguarding Children Partnership’s website.

The unprecedented nature of coronavirus, and the sudden and massive impact it has had on people’s everyday life, has thrown up big challenges for most people. Feedback from a range of agencies shows parents and carers are finding their changed circumstances particularly challenging. They are often trying to deal with the impact coronavirus has had on employment and finances, as well as coping with concerns about their family’s health, and the uncertainty about how long the pandemic will last. Added to that are the problems posed by children off school for lengthy periods and unable to get out and meet their friends.

The guide is available on the Berkshire West Safeguarding Children Partnership’s website and on the Berkshire West CCG website.

The guide has been produced by Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), West Berkshire, Reading and Wokingham Councils, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Brighter Futures for Children and the Berkshire West Safeguarding Children Partnership.

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