Some support resources available:
Dover, Deal and Sandwich Children's Centres facebook page. To keep up to date with all the latest news, activities and family support available. This page is regularly updated to aid families.
Ashford Counselling Service flyer. They are offering telephone support to anyone who may need it.
Tips for parents on talking to children about mental health:
Free online course- Understanding Autism
Link to a free online course titled Understanding Autism, facilitated by Future Learn, developed by University of Kent and accredited by The CPD Certification Service.
No prior experience or qualifications needed. Topics covered include:
- What is autism
- Social communication skills
- Sensory sensitivities and repetitive behaviours
- Co-occurring conditions
- Strengths and difficulties of people on the autism spectrum
- Lived experiences of people on the autism spectrum
Child & Young person Resources:
KOOTH online support & counselling for young people aged 10-16 years (suitable for year 6 pupils).
You can view a short video about the service at: https://vimeo.com/318731977/a9f32c87de.
Access to Support Services:
Early Help & Preventative Services
Kent Early Help and Preventative Services provide a range of support & services to vulnerable children, young people and families in Kent to help safeguard and ensure their educational, social and emotional needs are better met. To discuss possible referrals please read the family information leaflet below and feel free to come into school and discuss.
East Kent One Stop Shop for Domestic Abuse support (Virtual support)
Support from 6th April 2021- Monday-Thursday mornings from 10am-12pm. Anyone can access free and confidential specialist domestic abuse advice and information from a range of professionals.
Call 07856856278 or email Eastkent1ss@gmail.com. An administrator will take your call or email and arrange for an appropriate professional to get back to you by 12pm that day.
Kent School Public Health Service
Kent School Public Health Service is a service for children and young people who are school-age, between ages of four and 19. School Health Teams offers a range of support for a variety of concerns linked to emotional well-being and physical health. Parents can refer their child using the link below.
The Contented Child
The Contented Child company offers parents/carers and professionals a wide range of training, consultancy and information aimed at nurturing the whole child. Managing Director Niki Green previously worked as a Behavioural Learning Mentor in schools and has attended Aylesham Primary School to deliver a popular range of parent workshops and provide targeted guidance and information for specific behavioural concerns.
Barnardo Family Support
This includes a Family Support Hub any family member can access and gain information and resources, with particular focus on support during the pandemic:
And, the BeFree Positive Relationships Service, which offers one-to-one and group work sessions that explore self-esteem, healthy/unhealthy relationships, sexual health & consent (age appropriate), child sexual exploitation and keeping safe. It is aimed at 10–18 year old females, including transgender individuals, living in Kent, who are at risk of experiencing unhealthy or abusive relationships: