Other Useful Links for Parents
Local and regional guidance
- The Local Offer in Worcestershire Schools: Special Educational Needs Provision ‘Ordinarily Available’
- Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board guidance ‘What to do if you believe a child or young person is at risk of suicide’
- Regional guidance: ‘Self-harm and suicidal behaviour’
- Babcock Prime’s Emotional Wellbeing Pathway www.babcockprime.co.uk
Emotional wellbeing and mental health services
Worcestershire parents, carers and grandparents can access free online guides about children aged from 0-18 years. To access these guides visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/parentguides
For additional parenting support, contact your local Parenting and Community Provider to find out about local groups available. You do not need to make a referral; professionals and families can call providers directly to discuss the group most suited to the families’ needs. For more information and contact details visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/groupsforparents
PAEDIATRIC OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
NEW ADVICE LINE
The Paediatric Occupational Therapy (POT) Service will be introducing an Advice Line from Wednesday 3rd June 2020.
This is aimed to offer support for:
- Health Professionals and those that refer to the POT Service
- Parents and Carers
We will offer information on:
- Strategies and advice around Occupational Performance and Functional concerns. Practical advice relating to difficulties in areas of self-help, play and leisure.
- If a referral to POT is appropriate.
By providing this Advice Line we hope to:
- Offer immediate support to families before a referral needs to be made.
- Reduce unnecessary referrals.
- Reduce waiting times.
To speak to a Paediatric Occupational Therapist please call:
Any Wednesday 10am-3pm – starting from 3rd June 2020
Tel: 07562 436633
Find us on facebook: @cypfotphysio
Letter from Gabrielle Stacey, Assistant Director for SEND, Worcestershire Children First, for all parents with SEND pupils – Covid 19 specific:
BESTIE is an interactive app developed by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust and designed by local young people, CAMHS clinicians and IT experts – has recently been launched by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust CAMHS.
BESTIE is freely available and can be found by searching for ‘Worcestershire BESTIE’ on Apple and Android phones or tablets.
A web-based version is available at www.camhsbestie.co.uk
On joining BESTIE, young people, parents and professionals are able to easily access information about local mental health services (including virtual reality tours of Worcestershire CAMHS bases), signposting to local and national services and charities, as well as useful self-help information.
This information is age-rated (so that young people only see information which is appropriate for their age) and favourite self-help information can be saved in a ‘personal space’ on the app, so that it is immediately to hand.
For young people who are seen in CAMHS, additional features will soon be unlocked, including the ability to track their goals, mood and emotion.
BESTIE was awarded ‘MidTech Best NHS developed innovation’ at the Meridian Celebration of Innovation Awards.
Starting Well: Support for Parents
Parents who also have children under 5 years old and need advice can contact our Telephone Advisory Service on: 0300 123 9551
The Starting Well partnership has been offering one-to-one telephone support to parents during the government Covid restrictions, giving help and advice about issues such as behaviour management, wellbeing, activities, practical support. Parenting groups are now being delivered virtually.
These groups support parents with strategies to develop positive relationships with their children and use evidence-based tools to manage behaviour. Parents can self-refer, or professionals can refer with consent, by going to https://www.startingwellworcs.nhs.uk/support-during-covid19
I CAN support for parents
I CAN have produced some resources to support parents and carers with children and young people with speech, language and communication needs.
A range of information, strategies and factsheets can be found here: https://ican.org.uk/i-cans-talking-point/parents/resources/