Parental advice for supporting your child in PSHCE

Parents have a huge role to play in the development of a child’s personal, social and health education and we want to support them in this vital role. On this page we have collected together some sources of good advice and resources to help parents in this role.  

General advice

This document 

Guide for parents and carers educating children at home from the  www.pshe-association.org.uk  was written for parents during lockdown but has some really good advice in general terms about how to support your child when dealing with PSHCE issues.

Another good source of information is

https://emotionallyhealthyschools.org/latest-news/pshe-matters-free-resources-for-families-of-primary-age-children/

which covers a range of aspects of PSHCE.

Mental Health

Both of these websites offer information to parents.

https://www.annafreud.org/

https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/

Another good source of support and information is the Trailblazer project in which we are involved.  They run a parent support  group for more details email mhstparentsupport@bdct.onmicrosoft.com

NYCC have a subscription to a resource which provides online parenting training, in particular about understanding your child.  The website address is

https://inourplace.co.uk/

Access code MYFAMILIES 

In order to use it you need to have a North Yorkshire postcode, if you do not have one let us know and we will arrange access.  No personal details other than postcode and age are collected.

Relationships

For EYFS and KS1 the NSPCC website has a good resource

 Talk PANTS helps children understand that their body belongs to them, and they should tell someone they trust if anything makes them feel upset or worried.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/pants-underwear-rule/

Another good source of advice for all ages is the following site

https://www.sexualwellbeing.ie/for-parents/resources/

It is an Irish website so some aspects of law around ages of consent etc are not true for the UK but the resources are very good.  We have used the resources from here to teach Puberty to Y5, they have now also added to their resources a really good booklet about how to talk to younger children about relationships.

Safety

The NSPCC has some good general safety advice for parents

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/

 For Internet safety

Good sources to look at for guidance are:

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/

For social media issues this government document is useful

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/child-safety-online-a-practical-guide-for-parents-and-carers/child-safety-online-a-practical-guide-for-parents-and-carers-whose-children-are-using-social-media

For physical safety we would recommend the Child Accident prevention trust

https://www.capt.org.uk/

First aid advice is available from

 St John’s ambulance

https://www.sja.org.uk/get-advice/first-aid-advice/paediatric-first-aid/

and

Red Cross

https://www.redcross.org.uk/first-aid/learn-first-aid-for-babies-and-children

Healthy Lifestyle

For Health the main resource is

Change4life

https://www.nhs.uk/change4life which includes healthy eating and physical activities.

Often a good way to talk with children about tricky subjects is through using stories.  We have attached  below some documents that suggest good books to use with children in challenging times.

We hope you find these resources useful.  If there is anything specific not covered here that you would like advice on talking to your child about please don’t hesitate to ask their class teacher.