Category Archives: WCC Resources & News HEY

Heatwave Advice

This document from Public Health provides advice on how to take care during heatwaves. The information will help you to keep your service users and yourselves healthy during a period of very hot weather. The material is a summary of the NHS / Public Health England Heatwave Plan 2020 which now includes advice specifically related to Coronavirus. Links to useful websites are also included.

Heatwave Advice June 2020

New! BNF Healthy Eating Week @ Home: 22nd-28th June 2020

This year, in addition to its main BNF Healthy Eating Week, the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) has decided to run BNF Healthy Eating Week @ Home. This will be a ‘virtual’ Week, open to everyone!

BNF Healthy Eating Week @ Home will take place from 22-28 June 2020. The aim of the Week is to encourage families and people of all ages to take part in a range of key health challenges at home (or in nurseries, schools, universities or workplaces, where social distancing measures allow).

There will be seven health challenges (based on those identified for the main BNF Healthy Eating Week) which will be supported by a range of evidence-based, easy to access resources on a dedicated area of BNF’s website. BNF will also be hosting two cooking sessions each day at 10am and 2pm! Recipes will be provided!

Further details, including the challenges and resources, will be available at:
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Online Seminar: Protecting Children in the Time of COVID-19

Online Seminar: Protecting children in the time of COVID-19: working digitally with risk, uncertainty, and loss

About this course: This seminar will take place online, and details of how to join will be shared with registrants close to the event.

This is a professional learning space where a range of professionals in the field will discuss the implications of working with children and families in the time of COVID-19, as well as the impact on practitioners.

  • The first seminar, 24th June will focus on the losses that COVID-19 has brought about for families and practitioners.
  • The second seminar, 25th June will focus on the ethics, impact and considerations of digital working.

Both seminars will use these focuses to consider how we can try to manage the risks and uncertainties of working with children and families whilst continuing to address the safeguarding risks.

Who is this course suitable for? Any education, health and social care team member or practitioner who is working with children and families. Especially for those who work where there are safeguarding concerns. For example, social workers, psychologists, health visitors, teachers, nursery workers, therapists.

Aims of the seminar: For the speakers to share their experiences and expertise that will then shape the discussion for the attendees discuss and think together about their own experiences and practice.

To learn and think together about their work with children and families and how it has been impacted by COVID-19 and working digitally.

For further details and to register click here  

Watch Me Play! Supporting Babies and Young Children with Their Parents / Carers

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust have developed Watch Me Play!  – a simple way for parents and caregivers to support their baby or young child. The approach can be helpful in a range of family contexts. Even when working remotely, practitioners can help families using telephone and video links.
Watch Me Play! has been developed in First Step as an intervention to promote child-led play, enhance relationships and create a better understanding of each child’s strengths and needs.

For further information click here or If you would like further information about Watch Me Play! or contact Jenifer Wakelyn at

Use of Play to Regulate Children’s Emotions & Support Psychological Wellbeing

With the return to school for some children just around the corner and lockdown restrictions easing, the British Psychological Society (BPS) have created two short films to help parents, carers and education professionals use play to support children to make sense of the changes happening in their lives.

Created as a resource for families:

  • the first film highlights the benefits of using play to help children understand the changes they are experiencing and gives tips on using play to support their wellbeing.
  • The second film offers professionals expert advice from educational psychologists and experts in play about its role in supporting learning and promoting children’s wellbeing as they return to a school environment that may look very different.

Coronavirus: Webinar on Supporting Children, Young People and Their Families

NSPCC Learning has released a webinar to share expertise and guidance on supporting children, young people and their families during the coronavirus pandemic. The webinar includes expert insights and practical advice on the steps you can take to protect and support children and families from harm during the coronavirus pandemic.