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Coronavirus helpline for parents and carers

Are you really worried about how your child is coping with the coronavirus crisis and lockdown?

Do you need someone to talk to about how you can help your child and your family?

If your answer is “Yes!”  to any of these questions, telephone 01258 474036 to make an appointment for a telephone consultation up to 30-minutes with one of our educational psychologists.

Cllr Andrew Parry, Dorset Council Portfolio Holder for Children, Education and Early Help, said: “These are difficult times for everyone, but it can be particularly hard on some children who perhaps do not fully understand why their routines have changed so much.

“The helpline is there to support parents and carers so they can help their children cope with the lockdown. If you live in the Dorset Council area and are concerned about how your child is managing and you need someone to talk to, please ring us.

“Our educational psychologists are available to help you. They will listen to your concerns and can offer practical advice and guidance.”

Calls are confidential unless there is a risk of harm to the caller, their child or someone else. Brief records are kept of each call.

If you are experiencing financial difficulties due to the current crisis, support is available.  If your income has dropped, or you have lost your job you may be able to get help with costs including school meals, transport and uniform. Call Dorset Citizens Advice on Freephone 0800 144 8848. See the council’s Reaching Out web pages for the full range of support and advice available.

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