Communication and engagement
Clarity of communication has been vital for parents and carers during the lockdown. The Maternity Voices Partnership and Parent Carer Forum Devon played key roles offering information and advice and in influenced services to change how they communicated during lock down.
Changes to the way services have been delivered during the COVID-19 lockdown have brought both opportunities and challenges for the increased engagement of parents and carers. The use of a virtual offer in addition to face to face has been helpful. Opportunities for further engagement will be continued.
Parents and carers will play an important role in ensuring children and young people are able to catch-up on the education they have missed. Strengthening whole family working will support them in this by helping reduce anxieties around the return to school, early years settings and extra-curricular activities.
Many parents are facing significant pressures on their mental health, as well as on household budgets. They need to be supported in order to support their children and young people.
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