Here are some links and information about sources of support that could be of help to parents during this time.
There is an emergency payment for those eligible for Universal Credit who are facing further immediate, financial hardship due to COVID-19 and have no other assistance available. If you have no income as a result of losing your job or ability to work, you may qualify for a one-off payment. The payment is a grant so it does not need to be paid back. It does not replace any other form of support from the Government. Click on the link below to get more information:
NSPCC Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and support for parents and carers (NSPCC) The NSPCC has created a number of resources to support parents and carers during this difficult time. These include:
· Parents working from home
· Children staying home alone
· Lockdown and separated parents
· How to cope with tantrums and other difficult behaviour
· Talking to a child worried about coronavirus
· The advice can be found on the NSPCC website here:
BAME Community struggling with anxiety during this Covid19 pandemic – see flyer (Familia)
Lewisham Parent and Carer’s Forum (LPCF) is a voluntary group of parents and carers of children and young people (0-25) with special/additional needs and disabilities (SEND) living in the London Borough of Lewisham. They provide an opportunity for parents and carers to express their views and input into the planning and delivery of SEND services. They signpost, support and empower families to obtain the best possible support and services for their children. Free membership is for all parents and carers in Lewisham.
ADVICE FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH ASD
SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service) provides free, confidential and impartial support for parents and carers.
Extended South London CAMHS out of hours crisis telephone line
- Service operates from 5pm – 11pm weekdays and 9am – 11pm weekends
- Now open to all existing CAMHS service users and families/carers, and those new (not known to services) across all 12 south London boroughs
- Aims to help de-escalate crises, reduce A&E attendances and potential admissions
- Staffed by specialist CAMHS crisis practitioners, key interventions include: Immediate crisis counselling support to CYP in significant distress; Risk assessment to ensure any advice or guidance given is appropriate and robust; Help CYP engage in any safety plan they have formulated with their community teams; Advice to families/carers regarding their CYP, including reference to any plans put in place by CAMHS teams
- Since expansion, calls handled have increased by 160% (April 2020). The specialist service complements Trusts’ core working hours and 24-hour crisis services.
- Key public message:
Children and young people and their families/carers in south London who are concerned about their deteriorating mental health and would benefit from crisis support, advice and counselling can call 0203 228 5980 from 5pm – 11pm weekdays and 9am – 11pm weekends
· The Men’s Advice Line (www.mensadviceline.org.uk) is a confidential helpline for male victims of domestic abuse and those supporting them. It can be contacted on 0808 801 0327.
· The National Domestic Abuse Helpline website (www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk) provides guidance and support for potential victims, as well as those who are worried about friends and loved ones. They can also be called, for free and in confidence, 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247.
· Women’s Aid (www.womensaid.org.uk) has provided additional advice specifically designed for the current coronavirus outbreak, including a live chat service.
· Finally, if you are worried about hurting the ones you love while staying at home, we encourage you to contact Respect Phoneline on 0808 8024040 (www.respectphoneline.org.uk) for support and advice on managing your feelings and behaviour.
support from charities
Sir William Boreman’s Foundation. Its a charitable organisation that supports vulnerable and disadvantage children and families residing in the London Borough of Lewisham and Greenwich:
Head of Charities
Sir William Boreman’s Foundation
If you have ‘No Recourse To Public Funds’, please contact Ms Asante to talk about support available.