Barnardo’s launch new Covid-19 BAME helpline

 •As you may have seen, Barnardo’s has launched a vital new support service to make a positive difference to the lives of many Black, Asian and minority ethnic children, young people and their families impacted by Covid-19.

•This is a UK-wide helpline, funded by the National Emergencies Trust which will focus on issues specifically affecting children, young people and families from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

•The new service - 0800 1512 605 - is a freephone helpline and web chat facility for children, young people and families from those communities who are experiencing the long-lasting and wide-ranging impact of Covid-19.

•It will provide on-going support on a complex range of issues including mental health, bereavement, family break-down, neglect, back to school, parenting advice, counselling, family stress, discrimination, barriers to services and more.

TESTING FOR CORONAVIRUS (if you have symptoms)
Anyone with symptoms will be tested and their close contacts will be traced:
  • a new, continuous cough
  • high temperature
  • a change in their sense of smell or taste 
Book a test at or call 119.
• If the test is positive, NHS Test and Trace will contact the person and they will be asked about recent interactions, including household members, and those they’ve had direct contact with or within two metres for more than 15 minutes.
• Anyone who is identified as being in close contact with someone with a positive test must stay home for 14 days, even if they have no symptoms. 

New local support for families

 The Covid-19 lockdown has been difficult for many, including staff working with young families, and across the early years sector.  Birmingham partners including the NHS, Birmingham Children’s Trust, Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police have launched a new locality model to help schools to support your vulnerable families.

 We also have a new resilience fund for families.  A member of staff can fill in a form and we will get help to that family SO PLEASE JUST ASK US, e.g. for urgent needs, food, utility bills, white goods.  Financial help is often given within the hour.

 Go to the Birmingham Children’s Partnership for all the details 

Contact information is included in the Early Help Offer below:

Here are some useful websites you can visit to give you support for your well-being during the outbreak.