During Coronavirus (Covid - 19)
The Isles of Scilly Children and Family Services have launched a new website and you can find further information about support services and organisations, employment, education, early years, activities and much more at www.familyscilly.org.uk.
How to get in touch with the Council of the Isles of Scilly Children and Family Services and where to find useful information.
We want to let you know that we are here to support you in these challenging times, we are however working differently. If you need support, have a question or want information please get in touch with one of the team.
Please download our handy guide here
How to contact us:
We are mostly working remotely, please do not visit our offices unless asked to. We regularly check our emails including:
Holiday Activity Fund
The Department for Education is providing funding to Local Authorities to coordinate a programme that provides healthy food and enriching activities to children during the 2021 Easter, Summer and Christmas Holidays. The grant is aimed primarily at children aged 5-16 who are eligible for free school meals.
However, the programme is not limited to those people, and there are many families who may not be able to do as many things as they would like during holidays due to financial and or time pressures.
The aim for children taking part is for them to:
Eat more healthily
Be more active during school holidays
Take part in engaging and enriching activities to support resilience, character, wellbeing and to spend time with friends they may have been isolated from
Be safe and not socially isolated
Have a greater knowledge of health and nutrition
Be more engaged with school and outside activities.
On the Isles of Scilly, we will be pulling together a wider programme of options during the summer holidays.
Covid Vaccine Guidance pathway for those with a Learning Disability
Please download PDF for NHS Covid Vaccine pathway and document links
If assistance is needed, at any stage, please contact the Primary Care Liaison Nurse team for adults with a learning disability;
If you're pregnant or have children under the age of 4 you may be eligible to get free vouchers or payments every 4 weeks to spend on:
fresh, frozen or tinned fruit and vegetables
infant formula milk
fresh, dried, and tinned pulses
You can also get free Healthy Start vitamins.
Visit https://www.healthystart.nhs.uk/ to find out more about the scheme and the eligibility criteria.
Council of the Isles of Scilly in partnership with Charities - Hardship Fund
If you are struggling financially the hardship Fund may be able to help you. Contact at:
Matt Davis - 01720 424 454 / 07810 881 381
Rachel Guy - 01720 424 441/ 07925 360405
Jen Woodcock - 01720 424 483 / 07917 198 334
Council Tax Payment Assistance - Any customers having difficulties with council tax payment should call 0300 1234 105 (option 2) to discuss their account as there are a number of things the council can do to help. If your income has been reduced as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak you may be able to claim additional help through the Isles of Scilly Council Tax Reduction Scheme.
Test and Trace Support Payment
If you have tested positive for Covid-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, you may be entitled to a Test and Trace Support Payment of £500.
This is for residents on lower incomes who cannot work from home and have lost income as a result. Self-isolation is a legal duty for all those who test positive for coronavirus or are identified by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact.
To find out more click here
Family Health Team
During this current Covid-19 lockdown period, beginning January 20210, the family health team have been advised to reduce face to face contacts, including home visits unless there is an urgent need to be seen. All new births will continue to be seen and followed-up as required and one of the team will be available at the Children’s Services session on a Thursday from 11-12 each week (please see Children’s Services 0-25 facebook information re venue and booking). They continue to be available by phone and can arrange video contact via Microsoft Teams. The Health Visitor/School Nurse Advice Line is also available to all families.
The Health Visitor is available by Tel: 07483 351147
The School Nurse is available by Tel: 07827 284105 10am - 3pm Monday to Friday
Covid-19 Health Offer
During the restrictions of Covid 19, the Local Authority are working with the NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to ensure that referrals and screening for children and young people continue to take place. Services are continuing to offer consultations by video or telephone wherever possible; but where necessary via face-to-face consultations. This is to ensure safety and minimise the spread of Covid-19. This may be subject to change if further lockdown measures occur. Please visit the Specialist Health Services area of the website for more information.
Useful contact details for Services:
Children’s NHS Speech and Language Therapy
Telephone: 01208 834488.
NHS Children’s Community Therapy Services
Telephone: 01872 254 514
NHS Autism Diagnostic Assessments
Telephone 01872 221 406
For parents of children who are waiting or considering an ASD Assessment the ASDAT team are running information sessions. These information sessions are open to anyone who feels it might be relevant for them, whether they are in a referral process or not. To see what the information sessions cover, how to book a place and times and dates click here.
If your child / young person was awaiting a referral from the School prior to the Covid-19 lockdown, please contact Rebecca Streeter, School SENDCO at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the School on 01720 424850.
If you require any further information please email us on: email@example.com
Helpful Advice for Parents During the ongoing covid-19 pandemic
Can be downloaded here
Easy Read Managing Anxiety at Home
Can be downloaded here
A guide for Parents and Carers - how to stay safe online
Can be downloaded here
Dave the dog is worried about Coronavirus
It can be a scary time for children at the moment with big changes in routine and stories in the news.
Nurse dotty books aim to open up the conversation about coronavirus and provide truthful information in a reassuring and child friendly manner.
Visit Nurse Dotty website and download two free books.
Sleep Covid infographic
5 pieces of advice about sleeplessness and insomnia for all ages from Hunrosa, the Cornish sleep experts. Whilst we are socially isolating and keeping ourselves safe, a good night's sleep will support our physical and mental health. Download this infographic Here
SCOPE Sleep Podcasts
SCOPE have put together a series of sleep right podcasts for disabled children and their families to help encourage a good night's sleep.
The podcasts cover:
The golden Hour
To listen to the podcasts visit Sleep Right podcast | Disability charity Scope UK
Community Nurse Sleep Information
Sleep is a really essential part of our day. It is often overlooked until you don’t get enough!
Sleep routines, difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep, are they an early riser?
Sleep can pose difficulties at any age, from pre-schoolers to teenagers.
Child sleep problems cannot be viewed in isolation but always within the family context
I am a 0-19 Community Nurse, based on the Isles of Scilly. I work as part of the Health Visiting (0-5 years old) and School Nursing (5-19 years old) team and have completed a level 5 Paediatric Sleep Training for Professional’s course and would be happy to complete a sleep assessment with your family.
We would need to have a chat on the telephone and then I will give you a sleep assessment form to complete, in order to understand your problem and concerns.
We would then need to arrange a 1 hour appointment to discuss the best way forward.
Support with sleep is available to all families as part of the Health Visitor/ School Nurse offer.
We can discuss whether I can support your family with some basic interventions or whether you might require some more specialist support.
You can call Paula Wilkins: 07827 284 105 or the general Health Visitor/School Nurse Advice line: 01872 322779
Covid-19 Publications from the Department For Education