Childline are operating a restricted service due the coronavirus pandemic
Speak to a councillor online or on the phone from 9:00 am to 12:00 midnight – Telephone free on 0800 1111. Staff were reporting a huge increase in the demand for services with girls between the ages of 12-15 reporting the most concerns.
Childline have a dedicated Coronavirus page which covers what coronavirus is, what to do if you are worried and how to cope if you are staying at home:
Has a dedicated campaign site for people to “Find out more about what’s happening and the simple steps you can take to help prevent catching COVID-19 and spreading to others. Also find out more about what you can do if you are feeling anxious and worried, and how you can support others in your community.” https://young.scot/campaigns/national/coronavirus
Teen Mental Health
Your child’s teenage years are an exciting time, but they can be tricky too. With hormones going wild and bigger pressures at school, challenging mood swings are par for the course. With mental ill-health on the rise though, you’ll want to keep watch on whether their moods are normal, or if they need a bit of help.
If you are a child or young adult and feeling lonely, you can call Support Line on 01708 765 200
During these difficult and uncertain times for us all, it is our most vulnerable families who will be hardest hit. Children 1st are determined to maintain direct, practical and emotional support to children and families wherever it is safe to do so.
Parentline can offer advice and support to families worried about how to cope with a long period together in a small space, how to keep their children busy, facing financial uncertainties or uncertain about how to balance work and childcare. As well as providing one to one family support – on the phone: 08000 28 22 33, by webchat or online: children1st.org.uk/parentline.
Parentline service has started providing specific tips and advice for all families on its webpages.
Children and Young People’s Commissioner for Scotland
Website has some information about children’s rights in a time of crisis and a number of helpful links to resources: https://www.cypcs.org.uk/news/in-the-news/getting-human-rights-advice-in-scary-times-the-coronavirus
In particular CYPCS recommend the #Covibook for children under 7 which can be downloaded here: https://www.mindheart.co/descargables /
Eyes and Ears open campaign
Child Protection Committees Scotland, a national grouping of child protection professionals, supports all efforts by the Scottish Government, local authorities and the third sector to keep children safe from harm during the enforced break in normal routine. They have asked all authorities to support the Eyes and Ears Open campaign.
NHS Lanarkshire Child Protection Team Child Protection Advice/Information: 01698 894124 Doctor On Call: 01698 361100
North Lanarkshire Child Protection Committee 01698 894129
South Lanarkshire Social Work Resources on 0303 123 1008