Coronavirus updates for Families and Children

Advice and information on support services for children

The welfare of children remains a priority for the Council, especially during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Phone support is available for a variety of services to support parents and children. The services are available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

Children’s Health Visiting (0-19), Family Nurse Partnership, and HeadStart Service: 020 3373 9983

School Health: 07970813937

You can also email:

[email protected]

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For NHS advice on Covid-19 related and childhood illnesses and injuries during the pandemic please look at the Parent Guide (PDF).

The Family Contact Centre

This service is currently closed. Staff will contact each family directly or families can email [email protected]

Mental health support

Some children will find the change of routine and staying at home difficult and advice on how to support your child’s mental health and well-being during the Coronavirus outbreak is available on the DfE website

Unfortunately, there will be a number of children and young people who will experience bereavement during the pandemic. There is a range of organisations offer support to bereaved children and young people.

Read more about resources available for adults including bereavement and financial support.

Advice for parents when children are ill during the pandemic

The NHS has provided a guide for parents to advise them on what to do if their children feel ill during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Information about Coronavirus for children

This factsheet (PDF) provides a very useful and simple explanation on Coronavirus (Covid-19). 

Feeding your baby and Coronavirus

We have produced a useful factsheet for parents (PDF) on baby feeding during coronavirus.

There is a lot of evidence that breastfeeding reduces the risk of babies developing infectious diseases.

Live constituents in human milk, including immunoglobulins, antiviral factors, cytokines and leucocytes that help to boost the baby’s immune system. 

It is sensible to do all we can to continue to promote, protect and support breastfeeding, and safe, responsive formula feeding where this is not possible.

Newham also offers assistance for those who need baby feeding support during coronavirus (PDF).

Advice for children aged 10 to 16

Please download the All About Me Journal (PDF) which contains for advice for young people: 

Newham Youth Empowerment services and support

Digital Youth Zones

Our buildings may be closed currently, but we're still offering loads of opportunties to come together online in our new Digital Youth Zone sessions.

Detached Youth Work Team

Newham’s Detached Youth Work Team typically work on the street, in parks, pitches, shops, malls and cafes etc. The nature of our work means we engage with and support some of Newham’s most vulnerable young people who are not accessing any other LBN services. We are in a unique position during the COVID-19 crisis to be able to help young people who find themselves outside at this time. Find out more about how you can access support from the Detached Youth Work Team.

Keeping children safe online

Advice to keep children safe on line during the pandemic is also available on