Useful Links for Parents
Childline – Nobody is Normal Campaign
The above reports highlight some particular vulnerabilities and through the pandemic Childline have seen counselling on eating and body image disorders increase by a third and sessions about sexuality and gender identity increased by 16% compared with the pre-lockdown average. They’ve launched a new campaign, Nobody is Normal, to help young people talk to one another and professionals about their concerns, feel pride in themselves and build their confidence to achieve their goals.
Consider how difference is marked or celebrated in your setting, recognise the potential for bullying or discrimination and ensure your students know how to access the support they need in these challenging times.
For children aged 3-7, Digiduck has long been a wonderful resource from Childnet for use both at school and home. Now 3 illustrated books, Digiduck has recently been extended with over 20 activities, some of which are accompanied by instruction slides, visual slides and printable resources.
You can find Digiduck and the new resources HERE.
Ask for ANI – New Postcode Checker
As part of the Ask for ANI campaign, the Home Office has created a postcode checker which allows victims ofdomestic abuse to find their nearest participating jobcentre or pharmacy. Ask for ANI (Action Needed Immediately) is a codeword scheme designed to help victims of domestic abuse access immediate help and support in a safe space.
Thousands of pharmacies and 18 jobcentres and benefits offices are now part of the Ask for ANI campaign and supply a safe and confidential room where those experiencing domestic abuse can reflect, access information about the support services available, and contact friends or family. As part of the government campaign to stop abuse, Enough has put together a collection of guidance and resourcesto help educators respond to and teach about all forms of abuse.