Birmingham & Solihull COVID-19 family survey
During this difficult time of lockdown, your local health and care services would like to ensure that children, young people and families are receiving information and access to services.
Please take 5 minutes to complete the survey so that we can understand what is working well and what challenges you have faced.
The survey is anonymous and the data provided is confidential and kept strictly in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and associated code of practice.
You can complete the survey here.
This survey will close at 5pm on 19 June.
Children’s, young people and maternity services during COVID-19
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, changes have been made to local services, including how and when you can access them. You can find out what services are available and how they have changed below.
Although many services have changed the way they operate, the NHS is still open. Information for parents in need of medical help can be found here. General information on COVID-19 for parents can be found here.
Information and advice on COVID-19 for parents and carers can be found here.
For more information about COVID-19, please visit the Public Health England website.
Birmingham City Council has a range of resources for how to look after your wellbeing during the COVID-19 here.
Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC) has shared pathways for accessing support in Birmingham, which you can look at here.
The NHS understands that you will be worried about the impact of COVID-19 on your pregnancy and baby. Local hospitals have produced a leaflet to provide information about COVID-19, pregnancy care and the changes made to pregnancy services during the COVID-19 outbreak to keep you and your baby safe. Leaflets for the following hospitals can be found below:
Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust has a range of information for children, young people and pregnant women available here.
The Perinatal Mental Health Services Team at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust provides a safe, high quality, family friendly, mental health service - including assessment, treatment and care - for women suffering from psychiatric disorders associated with pregnancy and childbirth. The team work in partnership with local authority social services and family teams to protect children who may be vulnerable as a consequence of their mother’s illness. Find out more here.
General health information is available on NHS.UK.
How to feed a baby
For help and advice on how to feed a baby, please read the guides below:
Coping with a crying baby during the COVID-19 pandemic
It is hard at the best of times coping with a crying baby. However, it is much more difficult when you are confined to the house and separated from your usual activities and support from family and friends. The Institute of Health Visiting has tips on how to cope during this stressful time, which you can access here.
Birmingham and Solihull Maternity Voices Partnership
A Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) is a team of people who provide feedback about their local maternity system. The panel includes maternity professionals (like midwives and doctors) and people with direct personal experience of the service, including women who have been pregnant and given birth, and their family members. You can find information on MVP here.
An online book has been produced, which explains COVID-19 to children with bite size information and pictures, which you can access here.
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust has published guidelines and information on COVID-19, including patient visiting, outpatient appointments and advice for patient groups.
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has created this information sheet to help parents with children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Birmingham Forward Steps has also set out it's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Royal College of General Practitioners has produces the following resources for families:
- RCGP resource for adolescents with advice and support
- RCGP resource for families with vulnerable children during COVID-19
- RCGP resource for families with young children during COVID-19
COVID-19 FAQs for parents can be found here.
Find out what help is available for families who are facing difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic here.
Weighing babies and children at home
The West Midlands Neonatal Operational Delivery Network has provided this guide on how to weigh your baby or child at home.
Speech and Language Therapy Advice Line
Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BCHC) has an advice line, which is available Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm, to offer advice and strategies to support parents, carers, schools and other professionals in relation to a child or young person’s communication needs or eating and drinking concerns. To access it, call 0121 466 6231.
BCHC children and young people's A-Z of services
BCHC provides a range of medical, nursing, therapy and support services for children, young people and families. There are currently changes in how you can access or contact some of these services – including new phone helplines and online resources. Full details can be found on the Trust website here.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
NSPCC has advice for parents and carers on supporting SEND children during COVID-19 on its website here.
Birmingham Education Partnership has collated guidance, advice and information to help support SEND children during the pandemic, which you can access here.
Information on mental health support available to children in Birmingham and Solihull can be found here.
NSPCC has a range of tips on how to support children's mental health here.
Every Mind Matters has a number of resources and information on how to support children and young people during the pandemic here.
SOLAR offers support to children and young people with mental health or severe emotional and behavioural issues. You can access it here.
Forward Thinking Birmingham offers help to children and young people, aged 0-25. You can access it here.
Perinatal mental health (during pregnancy or in the first year following the birth of a child) support in Birmingham:
- Acacia free PND resources (including Covid resources)
- BAME PND multi lingual resources (including Covid) for parents and professionals
COVID-19: children’s services, education and schools
Information and guidance related to children and young people can be found on the Local Government Association's website.
GOV.UK has information, guidance and support for parents and carers of children who are learning at home online here.You can also find information on what parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the COVID-19 outbreak here.
Advice for families on children and young people returning to school
- Guidance for medics about talking with CYP and families about returning to school
- Information for parents carers and FAQs from the Department of Education
- Guidance on whether a child should be kept at home if they have a health condition (but not shielded)
- Advice to parents of children and young people with SEND - managing lockdown and transition to schools (Solihull)
- Advice to parents of children and people with SEND – managing lockdown and transition to schools (Birmingham)
- Access to Education support pages for Birmingham parents
- Supporting children and young people with autism to transition back to school during COVID-19 (Birmingham)
Separation and divorce
NSPCC has guidance on your rights around child contact, and advice for supporting children during separation here.
Keeping children safe
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) has tips and information on how to prevent accidents at home on it's website, including tips on baby proofing your home. You can read them here.
Staying safe online
GOV.UK has a range of useful tips on how to keep children and young people safe online, which you can read here.
Worried about a child?
With schools closed and children spending more time at home, you might have spotted something that’s worrying you. You can contact the NSPCC helpline with your concerns here.
The National Police Chief's Council has shared this advice on responding to child sexual abuse during COVID-19. Further information on how to spot the signs of child sexual abuse and how to report it can be found here.
Immunisations and vaccinations
Advice and guidance for parents can be found on the UNICEF website here.
Acorns Children's Hospice
Acorns has a range of information on its response to the COVID-19 national emergency here.
Acacia Family Support
Acacia offers pre and postnatal depression support services to families. Their resources can be found online here.
A bearavement helpline for those living in Birmingham and Solihull has been set up, which you can learn about here.
You can find free booklets for children, young people and their carers on the Cruse Bereavement Care website here.