Barnardo’s, the charity which protects the UK’s most vulnerable children, has launched ‘Barnardo’s Education Community’ - a new website to help teachers support pupils who may be experiencing mental health and wellbeing issues.
The website is being described as a ‘one stop shop’ where educators can go for trauma-informed resources, support and advice about how to help children and young people cope with any issues they are experiencing.
There is also a selection of resources for education professionals with a focus on both their wellbeing and that of their department. These will aim to help them deal with the strain in managing their own experiences, while also coping with the impact of secondary trauma through supporting children and young people.
Although the website has been developed to help offer support to children who are struggling with the affects of lockdown, it will continue when restrictions are relaxed and will continuously evolve to meet the changing needs of those using the resources.
Barnardo’s chief executive, Javed Khan, said: “As a former teacher I know just how difficult it can be to support children who are struggling with challenges at home or a history of trauma.
“In the age of Covid-19 this is so much harder, with many children falling behind in their learning during the lockdowns, facing anxiety and mental health problems, and worrying about their parents’ jobs or their grandparents’ health. On top of all this teachers are facing huge pressures personally and professionally.”
Javed Khan, Barnardo’s chief executive
“This is why I’m delighted to be launching Barnardo’s Education Community, with vital health and wellbeing resources to support educators at this uniquely difficult time.”
Visitors to the site will find useful materials about how best to support pupils who are experiencing feelings of loss, grief and bereavement, including the impact of trauma, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
A key part of this evolution will be the ‘community of practice’ section of the site where visitors will be able to take part in facilitated and peer-led discussions about current and emerging topics. These discussion forums will provide the opportunity for education professionals to discuss and share best practice at a nationwide level.
The website also includes free access to video, webinar and audio training on the resources, as well in-person training where necessary.
Javed added: “I’d urge everyone to treat this as your community. Take part in online discussions with your peers and bookmark the page on your browser so it is always there when you need help.
“And if there are any resources you need but cannot see on there already then get in touch and we’ll work on creating them for you. The goal is for the site to be constantly evolving to meet your needs.”
Barnardo’s Education Community is available at www.educators-barnardos.org.uk