The Parent and Family Support Service recognise that this is a worrying time for parents and carers and you may be looking for support and helpful information as you juggle the needs of your family with the pressure of spending most of your time at home during this period. It’s also very important to look after yourself as a parent and we have some practical tips and strategies that will help.
Our parenting practitioners can provide flexible support and advice via telephone, text, email and video calls. All advice is based on extensive knowledge of strategies proven to work.
English, Bengali and Somali speaking practitioners are available where possible.
- Offer parentings tips for parents of children of all ages from toddlers to teens.
Advise on how to talk to children who may have worries about Covid-19
Talk through tried and tested behaviour management strategies
Signpost to online resources and services
Give free access to our online Triple P programme:
This free on-line programme includes updated information on how to support children during Covid-19, allows a parent to access the sessions at times that suit them and is available for parents of children up to the age of 11 as well as a separate programme for parents of teenagers. Telephone support is also available to parents as they go through the online programme.
Whilst we are unable to offer our group parenting programmes in the community during this time we look forward to receiving enquires from parents, carers, Social Care colleagues, school staff and those from other agencies in the borough. To talk to a parenting practitioner for advice or to book a place on the online parenting programme, contact the Parenting Team:
Tel: 020 7364 6398
Books to help you explain coronavirus to your children
Download a free book illustrated by Axel Scheffler (the author of The Gruffalo) and see if this helps the children understand what is going on.
Nurse Dotty is a registered children's nurse who has worked for a number of years in a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. She has written and illustrated a number of stories and poems to her patients to help start conversations and relieve some anxiety and fear. 'Dave the Dog is worried about Coronavirus' is a book that 'provides truthful information in a reassuring and child friendly way'. This is free to download and can be printed.
Covibook - Suporting and reassuring children around the world
Coronavirus Tips and Information
- Childrens Commissioner Guide to COVID-19
- Parent guide to Coronavirus in children
- Coronavirus from the perspective of a baby or young child
Parent and Child Health and Wellbeing
- Help with Family Routines and Family Wellbeing
- Young Minds - Parents Wellbeing
- Young Minds - Parents Survival Guide
- Relxation tips for children - feeling relaxed is important in the run-up to bedtime for both you and your child. If your child is experiencing difficulties sleeping, it can make you both feel anxious. Children pick-up on the stress levels of those around them so, if possible, try to keep calm as bedtime approaches
Tower Hamlets Talking Therapy Webinar
Mental Well-being support for adults. The mental well-being service 'Good Thinking' website includes
- Guides to manage your mental health;
- Information aimed at healthcare workers and families;
- Personal Stories; and,
- Useful Links
- Confidential advice for parents - Family Lives is a national charity providing help and support with all aspects of family life. If you would like impartial and confidential advice then telephone Family Lives on 0808 800 2222 or email: email@example.com
- Animated parenting tips for struggling households - The institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (loPPN) King's College London, South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust ad Maudsley Charity have worked together to create a series of films to help families struggling during this current situation. 'Families Under Pressue' is a series of twelve short films offering parenting tips featuring the recognisable voices of a host of well-known parents including Olivia Colman, Rob Brydon and Holly Willoughby
- Free activites to help children get on together. With families spending more time together, Jenny Mosley Consultancies has put together some free ideas to help children get on together at home. They have adapted some tried and tested actvities that can be played in pairs, in small groups or with a parent/carer. Some need a few houshold objects but they are all simple to set up
- 10 Top Tips for parents and carers during COVID-19
- Triple P Guide - Supporting healthy relationships and managing disagreements during COVID-19
- Triple P Guide - Parenting during COVID-19
- Emergency transmission from Doctor Who? Advice to children who feel scared during this time
- Are you worried about your child and Online Safety? National Online Safety has produced some information that might help
Something for fun
- Think You Know will be releasing online support activities fortnightly for parents. Parents can download home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities to support online safety at home
- Emoji Card Game - Are you looking for a way to start a conversation of gauge how others around you are feeling? The Emoji activity was designed to help young people express their feelings; these games can help children and young people stay calm and focused when having what can seem to be daunting conversations
Something for the Adults
- Showstopper! The Improvised Musical - ADULTS ONLY. After more than 1,000 productions, the Showstoppers improvisation crew are some of the quickest wits in the business. So it's no surprise that when they were faced with a West End closure they live-streamed a performance. Watch their custom-made, never-to-be-repeated improvised musical