We've set up this page to share the most up to date government advice on Covid-19.
We'll do our best to keep it up to date, but bear in mind that as the official advice is changing so quickly we may get a little behind! For that reason, if there is any conflict between the advice on this page and the advice on official government channels, the advice on government channels should be taken as the official guidance.
Coronavirus Helpline for Parents and Carers.
"Are you worried about how your child is coping with the coronavirus crisis and lockdown?"
Dorset Council’s Educational Psychology Service
has set-up a helpline to support those who are worried about their child or teenager during the lockdown.
Phone number for parents or carers:
"The helpline number is: 01258 474036. It is open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 4.45pm. Callers need to ring and make an appointment for a 30 minute phone consultation. Calls are confidential unless there is a risk of harm to the caller, their child or someone else. Brief records are kept of each call."
For more information, please see:
If parents or carers have any concerns about children’s mental health over the summer break, they should seek support.
You can find a list of support available in your area via the YouthWellbeing Directory.
You could also contact:
SHOUT - text ‘Shout’ to 85258 for 24/7 crisis text support
Childline - under 19 s can call 0800 1111 for free support
YoungMinds Parents Helpline - Call 0808 802 5544 for free Mon-Fri from 9.30am to 4pm
If you have concerns about a child or young person's physical safety or welfare contact;
Dorset Safeguarding CHAD team direct on 01305 228866
Resources for ASD/anxious children