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On this year’s International Day of Families, Essex County Council (ECC) is reminding local peopleabout its ongoing campaign to support children, young people, parents and carers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The aim of the Every Family Matters campaign isto sign-post families across Essex to organisations, information and resources across three key areas – children’s mental health, social distancing and young people, and online safety.
It is one of the ways that ECC is actively responding to the pandemic and helping to ensure families – especially those that are vulnerable – have the support they need to navigate the challenging circumstances the country is currentlyin.
Cllr Louise McKinlay, ECC’s Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said:
“We recognise that many families will currently be experiencing unfamiliar territory, with many children out of school, parents and carers working from home and their usual support networks now unavailable.
“There is no precedent for how to cope with these changes and it is understandable that some parents and carers will be struggling with theadditional pressures of how to support their child’s emotional wellbeing, or what they can do to keep them safe if they’re spending more time online.
“However, International Day of Families is the perfect reminder that help is available. We remainabsolutely committed to ensuring every family in Essex has the support they need to thrive, despite the current circumstances.”
As part of the campaign, ECC is posting regular advice and resources on its social media channels – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
It is also sign-posting families to information on the Staying Well Children and Families page, which includes links to organisations and resources that can help at this time.