Support for young people at home

Advice and support for young people and their families in Edinburgh who may be struggling at home during the pandemic is available from our team of educational psychologists.

We understand that this is a worrying time for everyone and that with the current school closures, children and young people may feel particularly unsettled.

Although we’ve all had a few weeks to make some adjustments and try to cope with the changes in our lives there will be young people and families who are struggling.

Our team from Psychological Services are offering advice and support to:

  • parents and carers
  • school staff and other professionals who would like support or advice in supporting the learning and wellbeing of our children and young people
  • older children and young people who would like advice on how they manage their home learning and wellbeing

They have produced a guide which provides key messages and recommended resources which you might find helpful.

Some of the key ways to help you cope with the situation include: talk to each other, create routines, keep learning, keep active and plan regular movement time, stay connected virtually with friends and families and take care of yourself the best you can.

The advice from Psychological Services is part of a package of support measures for families in lockdown that we have published on our website. Other online resources focus on parents/carers, early learning and childcare, school age children, digital learning and our own set of handy activities for families to do at home.

In addition the Council - along with third sector partners, wider community and voluntary sector - has been supporting vulnerable families across the city with deliveries of emergency food parcels, overnight respite care for children with special needs, specialist day services and opening two special school hubs for key worker children.

Council Leader Adam McVey said:

These are very unusual and uncertain times for everyone especially for our young people whose regular daily routines that they are so familiar with have changed dramatically.

There might be times when they are feeling safe and happy, or other times when they feel overwhelmed, anxious or low. For many of us feelings can change from day to day, hour to hour, or minute to minute. So it’s important we do all we can to support young people and their families when they are staying safe at home so they can cope with this unprecedented situation.

Depute Leader Cammy Day said:

There’s lots of information out there just now so it can all feel a bit overwhelming knowing what’s the best advice for you to follow. The most important thing is to look after yourself, and those around you, and support each other through these uncertain times.

Whether you’re a young person, or an adult providing support, our team of educational psychologists are happy to speak to you if you want support or advice – please don’t hesitate to contact them if you need help.

There are a range of ways you can contact our Psychological Services team:

  • Call 0131 469 2800 (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm) and leave a message with your name, number and child’s school and one of our educational psychologists will call you back as soon as they can
  • Email us at [email protected] and include your name and child’s school. One of the team will email you back as soon as they can
  • Follow us on Twitter @CEC_EPS where we are sharing advice and resources that you may find helpful
  • Visit our website where you can access guides to help young people and parents/carers cope with home learning and being at home

Published: May 1st 2020