Parenting and Relationships


This pandemic has upended life around the world. Now that we have social distancing, it can be difficult to adjust to life in this ‘new normal’. Parents have felt a lot of pressure with the stresses of schools reopening, inability to plan, difficulties in organising family life and seeing loved ones has all been very challenging. It has been a lot to navigate for everyone, but especially for parents. Find handy links to help you manage during these uncertain times.

Talking to your children about coronavirus

HELLO! I am a VIRUS, cousins with the Flu and the Common Cold
Mindheart | 24 April 20

Interactive kids worksheet that introduces and describes coronavirus in a playful manner.

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Social distancing explained - with dominoes
BBC | 10 April 20

If sometimes you feel like your worries are becoming too much, psychologist Laverne Antrobus has some great tips.

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How to have difficult conversations with children
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families | 25 August 20

Simple advice and guidance to parents and carers to help families work together and support one another during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Children’s guide to coronavirus
Family Lives | 27 March 20

We build better family lives together

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Coronavirus: Helpful information to answer questions from children
Young Minds | 10 July 20

You and your child may be feeling excited about the easing of some of the lockdown restrictions. But it’s also normal for children and young people to feel worried or anxious about transitioning out of lockdown.

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Babies Cry, You Can Cope
ESSCP | 01 April 20

The ICON Programme is a preventative programme, based around helping parents cope with a crying baby

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You are not alone
Health Visiting | 22 May 20

The Institute of Healthy visiting is dedicated to supporting the health and wellbeing of all families during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Children’s guide to coronavirus
NSPCC | 10 July 20

There's a lot of uncertainty in the world at the moment. And there won't always be answers to the questions your children are asking. We talk about how to stay safe and protect other people.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) in babies and children
Start4life | 28 March 20

Although babies and children can catch the virus, fewer cases of illness from the disease have been seen in this age group compared to adults.

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Breastfeeding and coronavirus
NHS | 01 May 20

You might feel worried about how the coronavirus could affect your baby if you’re breastfeeding, or planning on breastfeeding. It's important to remember that there is currently no evidence to suggest that the virus can be transmitted through breast milk.

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Parenting strategies

Parenting courses and advice
East Sussex County Council | 25 April 20

Programmes in East Sussex are for parents and carers of children and young people up to 19 years old.

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Fegans parenting tips, articles and information
Fegans | 01 April 20

Caring holistically for children and families through counselling and supporting parents.

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Parenting during COVID-19
Triple P | 01 April 20

As so many UK families are experiencing new challenges due to the COVID-19 crisis, you may be concerned about the physical and emotional wellbeing and safety of your children.

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Ten tips from the Young Minds Parents Helpline
Young Minds | 01 April 20

Try these 8 tips to reduce parenting stress during the coronavirus pandemic

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Parenting in the time of COVID-19
World Health Organization | 09 April 20

To help parents interact constructively with their children during this time of confinement, these six one-page tips for parents cover planning one-on-one time, staying positive, creating a daily routine, avoiding bad behaviour, managing stress, and talking about COVID-19. Use them to your and your kids’ advantage, and have fun in doing so.

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Keeping kids busy

Coronavirus Parenting Toolkit
UNICEF | 24 August 20

UNICEF Parenting is here to be your partner in navigating this health crisis by providing you with accurate, reliable information on the best ways to keep your family safe.

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Coronavirus Parenting Toolkit
Place2Be | 10 July 20

The impact of Coronavirus may mean that most aspects of your lives have changed at Place2Be we’ve put together some information on how to support yourself, your family and others.

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Coronavirus Parenting Toolkit
RCPCH | 25 August 20

Useful resources from all across the UK for parents and carers

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100 Simple Everyday Sensory Activities to Support Healthy Development
Lemon Lime Adventures | 01 May 20

Sensory activities have become a buzzword lately and for a very good reason. Sensory activities are much more than just play dough and rice bins.

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Staying at home with children
BBC Bitesize | 24 August 20

Wanting tips on supporting your child's wellbeing? Looking for practical advice? Or scouting for activity ideas for some lockdown entertainment? We've got you.

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Special needs

About coronavirus for parent carers of children with SEND in EAST SUSSEX
Amaze | 01 May 20

We know many families with children and young people with SEND have a lot of pressing concerns and questions about what is happening with coronavirus, so Amaze has compiled a Frequently Asked Question resource.

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Please see ISEND on Facebook for regular updates.
ISEND East Sussex | 01 May 20

The Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service for East Sussex and Brighton and Hove.

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Coronavirus social story
Keshet | 13 March 20

This is a great resource for parents, caregivers, and educators from The Autism Partnership of Easterseals Chicago.

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Support for families during Coronavirus
Autism Train | 01 May 20

We are all experiencing anxiety over the rise of coronavirus but for autistic individuals coping with the changes and uncertainty, in the coming days, means that it is very likely they will be particularly stressed and may feel overwhelmed.

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Hand Washing Tips for People With Sensory Difficulties
Sensory Integration | 11 March 20

Hand washing is crucial in reducing the risk of contracting the Coronavirus (CORVID-19) but many people with sensory difficulties can experience distress or struggle with the experience of hand washing. We’ve collated some advice for encouraging and improving hand washing.

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School Closure Toolkit
Autism Society | 01 May 20

Guidance, updates and resources on coronavirus for autistic people and their families. We are here for you. Here’s the latest guidance on coronavirus and useful information

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Helpful advice and information
Amaze | 01 May 20

For families with disabled children and young people in Sussex.

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Our relationships will be important for getting us through the pandemic, but social distancing and ongoing changes may also put them under added pressure. We have provided some suggestions and links to help us to navigate relationship challenges through this time.

Parental conflict

Keeping relationships healthy during self-isolation
Relate Sussex | 01 April 20

Relate has increased the availability of our highly trained counsellors to support everyone’s relationships during this unprecedented time.

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Mediation Service
Mediation East Sussex | 01 April 20

Facilitating positive constructive discussions; helping parties to hear one another and to resolve their differences.

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Relationships matter
Click Relationships | 01 April 20

Share questions and stories with the community, try fun and helpful activities, or get private support from a Click listener.

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See it differently
See It Differently | 01 April 20

Want to talk to someone? Book a secure web chat session with one of our listeners today, for free.

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Domestic abuse

Domestic or sexual abuse and violence helpline
The Portal | 01 April 20

If you’ve been affected by domestic or sexual abuse or violence in Brighton & Hove, or East Sussex, get in touch to find out more about the help, advice and support available.

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Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences
Safe in East Sussex | 01 April 20

MARAC is a meeting that brings together representatives from a number of agencies in East Sussex to discuss the safety, health and well-being of people experiencing domestic abuse (and their children).

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Working until women and children are safe
Woman’s Aid | 01 April 20

A grassroots federation working together to provide life-saving services and build a future where domestic violence is not tolerated.

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We’re continually updating this website in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with a list of helpful links for parents.