Top tips for children, parents and teachers to understand going back to school

4th Jun
2020

Specialists from Sussex Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) are offering helpful tips and guidance to parents and children about going back to school, and how to manage the new feelings and emotions they have experienced during the coronavirus lockdown.

CAMHS in Sussex are run by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which provides specialist mental health and learning disability services to people of all ages. The information has been published to help parents communicate with their children, and for teachers and pupils to better understand the situation over the coming weeks and months.

The list of top tips includes advice such as using technology to keep up with friends and family who we might not be able to see as often as we used to, and monitoring excessive worry or sadness, unhealthy eating or sleeping habits, and difficulty with attention and concentration.

Dr Alison Wallis, Clinical Director for Children and Young People’s Services at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said: “We understand the lockdown has put families and children under a lot of strain, with changes to their routine, pressures around home schooling and in some situations financial and employment challenges. We are committed to working with parents, young people and teachers to help them understand and manage the strong feelings they may have about their children returning to school.

“The last few months have been a particularly unsettling time for many children, and parents may have noticed changes to their child’s behaviour as a result of them missing their friends, or not being part of mainstream education. I would like to reassure parents that this is a normal reaction to an abnormal situation, and doesn’t necessarily mean they need specialist mental health services. Most children will readjust into school life without too much difficulty.

“Schools are doing everything they can to keep children and young people safe, while adhering to government guidelines. We know there is lots of uncertainty for parents, children and teachers. Where possible, try and limit the amount of information you look at, online or on TV about coronavirus.”

See below for specialist tips for children, parents and teachers.

Drawing upon national guidance as well as their own clinical experience and expertise our CAMHS practitioners in Sussex have put together a list of top tips for children, parents and teachers, below…

Top 5 tips for children and young people concerned about going back to school

More information for children and young people can be found here.

Top 5 tips for parents and carers for dealing with behavioural changes

More information for parents and carers can be found here.

Top 5 tips for teachers to help children settle back in at school

More information for professionals can be found here.

 

“The last few months have been a particularly unsettling time for many children, and parents may have noticed changes to their child’s behaviour as a result of them missing their friends, or not being part of mainstream education. I would like to reassure parents that this is a normal reaction to an abnormal situation, and doesn’t necessarily mean they need specialist mental health services. Most children will readjust into school life without too much difficulty.”