Children’s, young people and maternity services during COVID-19 - information hub
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.
For information and advice regarding when parents and guardians should book a COVID-19 test for your child, please follow official advice on the gov.uk website.
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 Voluntary Service Council (BVSC) has shared pathways for accessing support in Birmingham, which you can look at here.
Paediatric Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) surge
As infants have not been exposed to usual winter illnesses during the pandemic and have not developed immunity, a surge of Paediatric Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) in the 0-5 age cohort is expected. Please see below for patient leaflets with information on RSV, including symptoms and when to seek help:
- Patient information leaflet on RSV for children and young people
- Patient information leaflet on RSV for children under 1
- Patient information leaflet on RSV for children over 1
Dr Angela Brady, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, has issued a letter for parents and schools containing further information, which you can access 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 new Birmingham and Solihull United Maternity and Newborn Partnership (BUMP) can also help you make informed choices and enable you to access high quality care from a range of providers that is most suited to your personal choice and clinical need. Find out more 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.
The ICON programme can also offer support to parents who are finding it difficult to cope with a crying baby. This leaflet and poster outlines the help that is available to new parents during this difficult time.
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.
Child safety at home
There has been an increase in children falling from open windows. To find out what you can do to help prevent this, click here.
'Who's in Charge?' campaign
Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership, in collaboration with Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has launched a new video campaign in response to increasing concerns that growing number of babies and children are at risk of serious harm because of the way some parents and carers consume alcohol at home. You can access this 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)
A dedicated website has been created where you can find help, advice and information about the services available for your child or young person from birth to 25 years with a Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND) in Birmingham.
The local offer information for Solihull can be found on the Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council website.
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.
Birmingham Children's Hospital has created some videos focusing on top tips for winter illness, which you can see 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
As children start to go back to school, both children and parents may be a bit anxious. The Government has provided some information leaflets for primary school and secondary school children, covering what parents need to know.
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.
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council has shared this information on the current position for schools.
Advice for families on children and young people returning to school
- #YouveBeenMissed – City-wide emotional wellbeing and mental health support campaign launches
- 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
Online sexual abuse of children is on the increase, especially during lockdown as children spend more time using the internet. For advice on how to reduce the risks and how to respond effectively, please read the informational booklet procuded by the Marie Collins Foundation and NWG.
GOV.UK also 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.
Support for children and families in crisis
See Hear Respond
See Hear Respond is a service provided across England by Barnardo’s and a group of national and local community-based organisations in response to Covid-19.
The programme has been created to help children and young people in England (from pre-birth up to 18 years of age and those with special educational needs under the age of 25) who are experiencing harm and increased adversity during lockdown by providing support to those who are not being seen by schools or other key agencies.
You can find more information on the Barnardo's website here.
MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people's mental health and wellbeing for all adults - parents, carers and professionals. Learn more here.
NSPCC coronavirus (COVID-19) provides advice and support for parents and carers. This includes advice on:
- Working from home for the first time
- Supporting children with anxiety due to coronavirus
- Supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities
- Keeping children safe online
- Depression, anxiety and Mental health well-being
- Arguments, conflicts and family tensions during the pandemic
- Lockdown and separated parents
Learn more on the NSPCC website here.
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council