Sources of help during the Covid-19 crisis

17 April 2020

Families in the UK, and around the world, are experiencing unprecedented challenges, ranging from enforced proximity to enforced separation, not to mention coping with financial stress and the difficulties of keeping small children entertained.

Here are some links to sources of information and advice that you might find useful as you navigate your way through this…

Covid-19-related information/advice

UK Government advice, including about employment, education, school closures and childcare

Additional Government guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Here is our article summarising what to expect as an expectant dad, during this period where maternity services are trying to minimise the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

Guidance from the Royal College of Midwives & Royal College of Ostretricians & Gynaecologists about the provision of home births (NB, This is guidance aimed at professionals, exploring the impact of midwife shortages and how services might best organise themselves in response. It may help explain why home birthing options are or are not currently available in your area).

Parenting through Coronavirus: advice from the Institute of Health Visiting

Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group has produced this page to help expectant and new parents know whether to seek emergency care.

World Health Organisation Parenting in the time of COVID-19

Parent Club Scotland has produced this guidance about keeping your family safe.

Iconcope has produced some importance guidance aimed at protecting babies from shaken baby syndrome (men are more prone to shaking babies, so this is well worth a read).

Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisations has produced this listing of Covid-19 support and resources for black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

Doctors of the World and the British Red Cross have produced this summary of latest Covid-19 guidance in 48 languages.

What happens if you lose your baby to miscarriage during lockdown? Here’s a case study and some useful information from the Miscarriage Association.

The Co-SPYCE study, a collaboration between the Universities of Oxford, Southampton and Reading, is exploring how parents of 2-4 year olds are coping in the Covid-19 pandemic. Take part in their survey here.

If you are unable to be present during your partner’s labour, for example because you have the virus, you could suggest she consider a birthing app like the Positive Birth Company’s Freya App, to help with breathing techniques.

Fatherhood Institute guide: Supporting breastfeeding during Covid-19.

General information for expectant/new dads

NHS information for expectant dads and partners

NHS guidance on visiting inpatient facilities (including maternity services) – issued in June 2020, and superseding the guidance issued in April.

NHS information for pregnant women

Online birth preparation courses: Birthing for Blokes; DaddyNatal online

Information about home births from NCT.

Dads Rock is running online parenting workshops (free but with a suggested donation of £10) – find out more here.

If you can access Netflix, check out its Babies series, especially episode 1, which explains how vital a role dads can play in caregiving. Here’s the trailer (link to Youtube).

National Childbirth Trust: How can dads bond with their baby

Family Lives: Becoming a dad

Dad Pad

Tameside Early Attachment Service: Getting it right from the start (Youtube video)

NCT courses

As part of its Tiny Happy People resource support parent-baby communication, BBC has published this guide to mental health for new dads.

Fatherhood websites


Dad Info

The Dads Net

Local and other support groups

Leeds Dads

Dads Rock Edinburgh

Dad Matters UK

Dangerous Dads Network

Dope Black Dads

Combining earning and caring

Citizens Advice

Working Families

Working Dads

If you’re enjoying spending time with your young children, maybe you could enjoy a career looking after other people’s! Our MITEY website is packed with resources aimed at supporting more men into careers in early years education.

Protecting your mental health

Dads Matter UK

Fathers Reaching Out

Protecting your relationship


Tavistock Relationships: General online couple counselling and Free online support for parents in London

Relationships Scotland

Sharing care in separated families

Cafcass guidance for children and families, clarifying the official advice on children moving between households.

Child Law Advice

Citizens Advice guidance on making child arrangements.

Families Need Fathers has published useful guides to help you navigate child arrangements, child maintenance and universal credit. Here’s a link to the FNF Covid-19 page.

Only Dads is running daily online chat sessions and has published useful Covid-19 links. Click here.

Shared Parenting Scotland and Both Parents Matter (based in Wales) have produced this survey to find out about separated parents’ sharing of care during the pandemic.

Family Mediation Northern Ireland are still supporting separated families remotely.

Some activities to do with babies/toddlers

Check out the Department for Education’s Hungry Little Minds campaign.

National Literacy Trust Family Zone.

Watch/listen to our Celebrity Story Time video clips (on Youtube).

EYFS Home, a start-up created since the Covid-19 crisis hit, offers a simple, organised programme of activities for 3-5 year olds.

Book Trust Home Time.

PACEY (the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years) has pulled together a range of activities and other resources on its Learning at home page.

If you have a child due to start primary school in September, here’s a useful BBC Bitesize article from a head teacher, about how you can help get them ready.

More to follow….

Found a useful resource and want to share it? Please email Jeremy at j.davies (at) or contact us via Facebook or Twitter.

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