Matt Hancock 'worried' over new disease in children linked to COVID-19.

The health secretary has expressed his concern after some children in the UK have died from a rare inflammatory syndrome which has been linked to COVID-19.

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Berkshire Healthcare Foundation have put together some tips for children in isolation. Click here or the image above to read their helpful tips.
If your child struggles with anxiety you may find this webinar helpful. It addresses ways to support children with worries during the current pandemic.

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There has been a "surge" in violence in the weeks since the lockdown was introduced, a report by MPs said, with a rise in killings and the number of calls to the National Domestic Abuse helpline run by Refuge up 49% after three weeks.

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What is domestic abuse?
Domestic abuse is any type of controlling, bullying, threatening or violent behaviour between people in a relationship. It can seriously harm children and young people and witnessing domestic abuse is child abuse. It's important to remember domestic abuse:
  • can happen inside and outside the home
  • can happen over the phone, on the internet and on social networking sites
  • can happen in any relationship and can continue even after the relationship has ended
  • both men and women can be abused or abusers.
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Please click here or the image above to watch Liz Steadman's important message
West Berkshire Coronorvirus Diaries
(See below an excerpt from a 12 year old who is distance learning whilst in lockdown )
'' During this very lonely period of time I am especially missing being around people as I am a very sociable person so it’s hard communicating over the internet.
Another aspect I am missing is cheer as it was always the thing, I would look forward to during the long school hours, it is my second family and it is where I get to see 
my best friends.

I miss the team workout, the learning of new skills, getting to lift and support our flyers in the air, I even miss the long hard practices because we’d get a feeling of accomplishment when we had finished and I miss the girls the most as they were what inspired me and motivated me to become the best version of myself.''

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