Advice and support for parents and families
It is vital that you still seek medical assistance if your child becomes unwell. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has put together an infographic showing what to do if your child is unwell and where to go to seek help.
Visit the Thrive website for a range of advice on children’s health.
Coping with a crying baby
Information on tips to soothe a crying baby is available on the NHS website.
The NSPCC has published a guide on how to stay calm, handle your baby and cope with crying. The you don't have to go through it alone guide includes useful links to information for families with young babies.
Public Health England has partnered with ICON to develop a short animation focusing on preventing traumatic head injury in babies.
No matter how stressed or frustrated you feel, you must never shake your baby. For more information visit the Bracknell Safeguarding Board website.
Immunisations and screening
It is very important that you continue to go to antenatal and newborn screening appointments. Screening is time critical to make sure of early detection for some medical conditions and safe referrals to the correct care pathway. The health professionals involved in these screening programmes will be taking every possible precaution to make sure of the safety of people attending.
Please take your child for routine immunisations. it is very important to maintain good coverage of immunisations, particularly in the childhood programme. As well as protecting the person, this will avoid outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases that could increase further the numbers of patients requiring health services.
Visit the Thrive website for information and advice on how to keep older children safe and entertained during the coronavirus pandemic.
If you live in Bracknell Forest you can access 4 free online parenting guides which include top tips from childcare, education and NHS health experts.
The online guides contain advice relevant to expectant parents, parents, grandparents and carers of children of all ages including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The guides are also available in different languages. Visit the In Our Place website and apply access code (parenting).
Resources and information for remote learning
Children who are home learning and do not have fixed broadband at home may be able to get additional mobile data for free. Schools, trusts and local authorities can request this from certain mobile providers. See increasing data allowances on mobile devices to support disadvantaged children on GOV.UK for further information.
Joe Wicks provides live PE sessions every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9am on YouTube.
The BBC is showing curriculum based programmes. They include 3 hours of primary school programmes every week day on CBBC and 2 hours for secondary pupils on BBC Two. For more information see BBC to put lessons on TV during lockdown on BBC News.
The child accident prevention trust has a parent pack with advice on keeping your children safe.
The Lullaby Trust has published a range of information about safer sleeping and how to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
The NHS has developed advice aimed at new dads on the importance of safe sleeping. Visit lift the baby for more information.
Parent of a Clinically Extremely Vulnerable child
If you are worried that your child or children are being impacted by your current situation please contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) to see what help may be available for your children.
You can contact MASH by:
- email: email@example.com
- phone: 01344 352005
Short Breaks team
Our Short Breaks team email information about support and activities for children with additional needs. If you’d like to be added to the mailing list, email: Short.Breaks@bracknell-forest.gov.uk.
Safeguarding – help us to stop abuse and neglect
If you think someone is in immediate danger please phone emergency services on 999. Do not put yourself or anyone else at risk.
Now more than ever, we need each and every resident in the borough to act as our ‘eyes and ears’ when it comes to spotting abuse:
Concern about an adult
To report concerns about an adult:
- phone: 01344 351500, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday or 01344 786543 outside office hours
- report it using our concerns about an adult online form
Concern about a child
To report concerns about a child:
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- phone: 01344 352005, 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday or 01344 786543 outside office hours
Visit the Bracknell Forest Safeguarding Board website for more information.