Other information for Parents, Carers and the Community

Coronavirus Information for Parents

Click here for advice to follow to keep your family safe, and suggestions how to make the best of the time and having your children at home.

Nurturing Wellbeing – strategies and resources for families to support and boost children and young people’s emotional wellbeing.

  • Me, You and Baby Too is an online programme designed to help expectant and new parents cope better with the relationship changes they may experience when a baby arrives

Advice for Eastern European Families
There are many Eastern European families in Norfolk who may not understand, due to their cultural differences, what is classed as a safeguarding risk in the UK. The Cultural Competency team have created the following translation cards for the four most popular Eastern European languages, to advise families what to do if they have any contact with the local authority around safeguarding.

Internet Safety
Here are some guidance sheets on Internet Safety and how to keep your child safe online.

Bullying
Are you worried that your child is being bullied?
Bullying UK have a really useful website with lots of advice on what you can do.

Self Harm
Many young people self-harm. If you are concerned that your child is self harming, click here to find out more information about what you can do.

Mental Health Issues
There is a new national initiative called Shelf Help available in all of Norfolk’s public libraries to support young people 13-18 and their friends and families if they are dealing with mental health issues and to raise awareness of common issues, including advice and information about issues like anxiety, stress and OCD, and difficult experiences like bullying, body image and exams. Click here for more information.

Drug and Alcohol Issues
Are you affected by someone else’s drug and alcohol use? This leaflet explains what you can do and how to get help.

Online Parent Support Group – For parents of young people who misuse substances and don’t want to stop.

There is help and support available for children, young people and families on tackling drug and alcohol issues. This leaflet explains how the Matthew Project can help.

For more information on drugs you can also visit the Talk to Frank website.

Gender queries
Are you wondering how best to support, and perhaps advocate, for your child? Norfolk LGBT+ Project hold monthly web meetings. Click here for more information

Young Carers
What is a young carer?

  • A young carer is a person under 18 who provides practical and/or emotional support for another person, usually a family member because of a health condition. They may be providing care for a parent, grandparent or guardian, or helping their parents care for another child in the family.
  • The person they care for may have a disability, a long-term or temporary physical or mental illness, or have issues with substance misuse.
  • There are over 5000 Young Carers in Norfolk but many are ‘hidden’ because they do not realise they are a young carer. This may be because they consider it simply is ‘how life is’, or because of fears of stigma/other people becoming involved in their situation.
  • Being a young carer can have a significant impact on their physical and mental health, educational attainment and their transition into adulthood.

What support is available for young carers?

Norfolk County Council have commissioned a specialist support service for young carers and their families across Norfolk, looking after the needs of the young carer themselves, as well as the whole family. The Young Carers & Family Service is a partnership of voluntary sector organisations, young carer groups and youth work providers. The partners are:

The Benjamin Foundation
Caring Together
GYGYC
Holt Youth Project
MTM Youth Services
Suffolk Family Carers
Voluntary Norfolk
West Norfolk Carers

Young carers or any member of their family can ask for support directly, or a professional such as a teacher, youth worker or GP, can make a referral on their behalf. Call the Carers Matter Norfolk Advice Line if you are seeking or would like to discuss support for yourself or for someone else. It is FREE to call and advisors are available 7 days a week. 0800 083 1148 You can also make an online referral at www.youngcarersmatternorfolk.org

You will find more details about the Young Carers service, the partners and other young carers groups and support available, including information about Young Carers Needs Assessments and Young Adult Carer Transition Assessments in this Sources of Young Carers Support in Norfolk which has been prepared by Caring Together and their Norfolk Young Carers Forum project.

Covid-19 Update: Most of the organisations who provide support for Young Carers have adapted their services to take into account social distancing requirements. While group activities and face-to-face support are no longer possible, an enhanced level of support for young carers is being provided online and by phone. Please see: Sources of Support for Young Carers during Covid19.

Child Protection Conference Information