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If you’re a parent or a parent carer, your child going back to school at this time may be a cause of worry or concern. Here you can find information and advice for parents around going back to school, new coronavirus social distancing measures in schools and how to help your child with worry and anxiety.

Wiltshire Council information about going back to school for young people and parents:

Questions about going back to school in Wiltshire can be found on Wiltshire Councils FAQ guide. This might be helpful to read with your child before school so you know what to expect.

Wiltshire Council also has information on wearing face coverings on school transport, cleaning and more here.

They have also developed a handy guide for parents with information for returning to school here. 

Parent carer advice:

If you are caring for a child ages 25 or under with an additional need or disability, Contact can help you with any concerns or worries you may have about sending your child back to school. They also offer 1-1 ‘Listening ear’ appointments if you need to talk about something in further detail.

Barnardos has launched a new helpline for children and families affected by COVID-19. You can call them for free on 0800 157 7015 to speak to a friendly person in their team. Monday and Friday 9am – 9pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am – 6pm. They also have a form here.

If you’re in Wiltshire, you can also find information and advice on the Wiltshire Parent Carer Council’s website. 

Remember you are not alone. You can call us at Carer Support Wiltshire on 0800 181 4118 for information, advice and support. (Monday – Thursday 9:30-4:30, Fridays 9:30-4:00).