Parenting and Relationships


This pandemic has upended family life around the world. School closures, working from home and social isolation – it’s a lot to navigate for anyone, but especially for parents. Find handy links to help you manage this new (temporary) normal.

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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Coronavirus: Here’s some advice if you’re worried about it
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
NSPCC Learning | 23 March 20

Whether you’re talking to a group or an individual, there are some general principles that will help you discuss sensitive subjects with children and young people.

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Children’s guide to coronavirus
Childrens Commissioner | 27 March 20

The guide aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home.

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Coronavirus: Helpful information to answer questions from children
Place 2 Be | 06 March 20

How can you support your child, and yourself, with these concerns? We share some of our tips, and some useful resources, to put this in context.

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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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Babies Cry, You Can Cope
Health Visiting | 22 May 20

We know that this is a worrying time and it will definitely not be how you had planned your parenting journey. You may have concerns in relation to your pregnancy or your children.

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Children’s guide to coronavirus
Sussex CCGs Safeguarding | 01 April 20

We are the Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups Safeguarding team. Safeguarding is everyone’s business!

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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

If your child is worried or anxious about coronavirus, here’s our Parents Helpline experts’ advice on what you can do.

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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

Keeping the kids busy at home
Your East Sussex | 23 March 20

The team have been looking at some helpful tips to keep the kids active, learning and entertained for the duration of lockdown.

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Get Set Club Home Challenge
Wave Leisure | 01 May 20

The Get Set Home Challenge offers the whole family the chance to take part in a range of activities to keep active during your time at home. All you will need is a pen and paper and lots of imagination!

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101+ Ideas To Keep Your Kids Busy During Coronavirus Closures
Forbes | 15 March 20

Since even the most creative among us eventually run dry on ideas, I’ve pulled together a crowd-sourced list of things you can do with your kids.

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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
Parent Club | 01 May 20

This is a difficult time, but with a little structure you and your kids can get through this and make the most of this time together. You might even have the chance to do things you don’t usually have time for.

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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

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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How to handle your relationship issues during this lock down.

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.