Coronavirus

04.07.2020

Coronavirus- advice for parents and carers

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02.07.2020

My Back to School Bubble

Based on suggestions provided, ‘My Back to School Bubble’ aims to help children understand the new protective measures that may be in place at their school, in an age-appropriate way. It reinforces public health messages, including the importance of hand and respiratory hygiene; while reassuring children that everyone makes mistakes, helping to combat feelings of anxiety, that have been reported by parents.

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10.06.2020

Positive Approaches to Support

We have been asked to share with you a new resource for family and carers of children/young people, who may have autism/learning disabilities and who display challenging behaviour.
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It has been produced by the Tizard Centre at University of Kent, together with the Challenging Behaviour Foundation and family carers.
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This adapts some work developed as ‘Early Positive Approaches to Support’ (E-PatS training).
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It offers practical help and support suggestions for family carers during this COVID-19 situation and beyond.
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www.positiveapproachestosupport.co.uk

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29.05.2020

Mental Wellbeing Support Covid-19

Mental Wellbeing Support Covid 19

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20.05.2020

Sent on behalf of KCC and CCG Commissioners
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Dear Provider
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We have been asked to share the following information with you.
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Yesterday, the Department of Health and Social Care notified us that the Tiger Eye Protector Products they supplied must be removed from the supply chain, the attached notice refers. Whilst it may not be used in your organisation, it is necessary to make sure that this information is shared and the appropriate action taken.
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Our CCG colleagues have also asked us to share the following message:
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We have seen an increase in distress in young people, specifically 10 to 16 who are feeling socially isolated and may be struggling with conflict or relationship difficulties at home. In addition, we know that young people who display behaviours associated with neurodevelopment conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and/or ADHD are likely to find it more difficult to recognise their distress and access support associated with their wellbeing.
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Action is being taken across schools, health services and social care to try to identify young people who may be particularly vulnerable to emotional distress at this time. However, we would like to draw your attention to a range of support available to young people and their families.
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Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Support for Young People:
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If a young person or their parents are not sure what support is needed, then they can call the Single Point of Access (SPA) on 0300 123 4496 to talk through what information, advice and support might be appropriate. This is also the number to call if a child or young person needs urgent mental health support.
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For people of all ages needing immediate mental health support, just text the word “Kent” to 85258. This is a new 24/7 text service provided by SHOUT and the Crisis Text Line as part of the Kent and Medway Release the Pressure campaign.
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Other services that young people can access directly are:

  • Kooth is a mental health and wellbeing online platform for young people aged 10 to 16 across the whole of Kent. The service is free and can be accessed at www.kooth.com. It’s a place to get advice, information and support 24/7. Young people can chat to a friendly qualified counsellor Monday to Friday between 12 noon and 10pm and Saturday and Sunday between 6pm and 10pm.
  • Accessing www.moodspark.org.uk or www.kentresiliencehub.org.uk to learn about mental health and find tips and resources to keep emotionally healthy.
  • Texting ChatHealth for support around physical and mental health on 07520 618850. The number is monitored Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
  • Self-referring to the Children and Young People’s Counselling Service at www.kentcht.nhs.uk/forms/school-health-service-referral-form
  • Accessing the Big White Wall if aged 16+ for anonymous support through https://www.bigwhitewall.com

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06.05.2020

Disabled Family Fund

An active grant scheme for families experiencing hardship: https://www.familyfund.org.uk/faqs/how-do-we-apply

From their webpage: We help families across the UK who are raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 17 or under. You can apply to Family Fund if:

• You live in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales (Please note: If you are a family living in Wales, please visit our Wales application pages to apply.)

• You are the parent or carer of a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 0-17 who lives with you

• You are currently living in the UK and done so for at least six months, or three months if your child is less than six months old. You are eligible to work and apply for public funds

• Your child is not in Local Authority care

• You have evidence of entitlement to any one of the following:

• Universal Credit

• Child Tax Credit

• Working Tax Credit

• Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance

• Income Related Employment Support Allowance

• Income Support

• Housing Benefit

• Pension Credit.

• Your child or young person has a high level of additional support needs arising from a long term disability or disabling condition or a serious or life-limiting illness. By long-term, we mean lasting (or likely to last) 12-months+

Please read our child and young person eligibility criteria. You must meet all Family Fund eligibility criteria in order to be considered for a grant.

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17.04.2020

Parent Guide COVID19

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This will open the pdf in a new browser window (which you can then download to your machine). On phones, clicking the link will probably automatically download the document to your device.

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01.04.2020

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31.03.2020

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27.03.2020

Maidstone Borough Council Community Support Hub

Maidstone Borough Council has created a Community Support Hub to provide a coordinated response to help provide and deliver essentials to people across the borough who are most in need.

The Council led Hub has been set-up in response to the Government introduction of ‘shielding’ and the call to create a network of hubs covering the whole country for the most vulnerable. The Maidstone Hub will offer help to those people who don’t have a support system in place and to assist those people with serious medical conditions who have been told to remain indoors for 12 weeks because of the Coronavirus.

Working with local volunteer and community groups the MBC Hub will provide a service to anyone of any age who is in need of additional support at this time.

Maidstone Borough Council Leader, Cllr Martin Cox said:
“The Maidstone Community Hub is here to help our local residents who are most in need.  It will provide a service to the most vulnerable working in partnership with other agencies and community groups. This will include helping people who are socially isolated, those who may need essential groceries or medication.

“The MBC team has worked very hard to set-up this service which we believe is vital to ensuring the most vulnerable are looked after.”

The Maidstone Borough Council Community Hub will have a specific focus on providing access to food, medicines and other supplies and will be open Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5pm.

The introduction of the network of community hubs was announced by Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick, who said free parcels of groceries would be delivered to the most vulnerable, adding: “Nobody needs to worry about getting the food and essential items that they will need.”

Those who need help from the MBC Community Support Hub should call freephone: Community Hub Triage (Freephone 0300 303 1650) or can contact us via the MBC website.
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19.03.2020

Setting Closure

Following recent guidance from the government, we will be closing our setting to all children, young people,  volunteers and vulnerable staff who attend our Playschool, Juniors and Youth Clubs, from Friday 19.03.20 to 20.04.20 (after the Easter break) or until further notice, following continuing guidance from the Department of Public Health.

Hopefully, this measure, in line with all other government and public health advice (including “social distancing” and “stay at home” being adhered to by all), will start to have a positive impact and curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The spike of the virus is happening at a much faster pace than anticipated, and it is right to consider the measures to arrest this increase and to relieve the potential pressures on our health system. It is still not known how or if children spread the virus. Their well-being and that of all our supporting teams continue to be our number one priority.

We will continue to regularly update our staff and parents following the latest advice and guidance from Public Health England.

We will continue to assess the situation daily and have closely aligned ourselves with the latest government advice and guidance.

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17.03.2020

With the number of Coronavirus cases continuing to rise in the UK, we have in place continuing measures to help protect our teams and service users, whose well-being is our number one priority.

We will continue to regularly update our staff and parents following the latest advice and guidance from Public Health England, with our teams being made fully aware of the importance of ensuring that our best hygiene practices are consistently followed through all our clubs.

Our teams are observing the highest hygiene standards, including regular hand washing, cleaning of surfaces and resources with regular checks of our toilet and changing areas.

Cleanliness and hygiene are always a top priority, and we provide appropriate handwashing soap, gel and sanitisers available for all to use.

We are working hard to minimise disruptions to the children and young people entrusted to our care and support, as much as is possible. At the same time we are taking sensible precautions to protect the health of all.

We continue to assess the situation daily and have closely aligned ourselves with latest government advice and guidance. Any team member showing mild symptoms or who are vulnerable will be told to self-isolate and follow recommendations on Social Distancing, and Stay-at-Home Guidance (as issued by the government).

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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16.03.2020

Guidance on Social Distancing

Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults.

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Stay at Home Information

www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance
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14.03.2020

Government announces move from Contain to Delay phase

The Government has announced we are moving from the Contain phase of the coronavirus action plan and into the Delay phase, in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Full details of each stage in the government action plan.

To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for Health and Social Care has asked anyone who shows certain symptoms to stay at home for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection.

The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees +)
  • A new, continuous cough

Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England. You do not need to call NHS 111 to stay at home. If your symptoms worsen during your stay at home period or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

The Chief Medical Officer has advised the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce will be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to schools will be based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.

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COVID-19 travel guidance for the education sector

The Government has issued new travel guidance for the education sector. This advises against all overseas education trips for children under 18. This does not apply to domestic trips, or overseas trips which are already underway.

The full guidance can be found here.

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Handwashing advice

The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

Watch this short NHS film for guidance:

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Educational resources

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.

Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools.

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Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)

Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends.

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling.

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Where to find the latest information

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Educational resources:

https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101-coronavirus-/resources

https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools

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Latest Department for Education information:

https://twitter.com/educationgovuk

https://www.facebook.com/educationgovuk/

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Please keep your GIAS contacts up to date

If you work in a school, please take this opportunity to review your contact information in Get Information About Schools (GIAS).

To update your record, please go to the GIAS home page, “Sign in” using your “DfE Sign-in” credentials and select GIAS from your available services here:

https://www.get-information-schools.service.gov.uk/

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