Children’s charity to support pupils ahead of schools’ return

With schools due to reopen next week, a charity has launched a new support service for anxious parents and carers.

By Neil McGrory, Local Democracy Reporter
Thursday, 6th August 2020, 11:05 am
Parentline is staffed by a skilled team from Children 1st.
Parentline is staffed by a skilled team from Children 1st.

Children 1st’s Parentline has seen an increased number of calls from people worried about their children’s return to work.

Parentline, which is staffed by a skilled team from Children 1st, offers specific advice and information on how to support practical and emotional issues facing children as they prepare to return to school.

Children 1st chief executive Mary Glasgow said: “As a parent, I know how tough it has been over the last few months with the schools being closed and all the challenges that has brought.

“Despite everything, children and families come through that and now the next challenge for many parents is the first day of school.

“Over the last few weeks, lots of parents and carers have been coming to us with worries about their children’s return to school. This includes parents with children starting P1 and S1 who have particular concerns about whether their children will cope.

“That is why we have set up this new service so parents and carers can talk through any worries or fears they have and get advice on how best to support their children. Children 1st Parentline is there for every family. Please do get in contact over the phone, online or through webchat if you think a chat might help. ”

Parentline has been helping families for more than 20 years, including hundreds who asked for help during lockdown, which also saw the charity’s web traffic more than quadruple.

Parentline can be contacted over the phone on 08000 28 22 33 or via webchat here. Additional resources for parents and carers can also be found on the website.