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Books About Fears, Feelings and Bereavement at Wiltshire Libraries

Wiltshire Libraries have various picture books for younger children about dealing with difficult situations, fears and feelings, including bereavement. Generally they are for younger children, but some might work for slightly older children too.

The following books are about bereavement:

  • Mike Dumbleton – Passing on (see reviews here. This is available to reserve for free at Wiltshire Libraries)
  • Patricia J Murphy – Death (Available here and also available to reserve)
  • Michael Rosen’s Sad book (deals with his feelings about the death of his son – Click here to view)

Survey for Adoptive Parents Living in Wiltshire

Jess and Marie are two adoptive mums living in Wiltshire. They both hit some bumps and felt a little lost and alone in the early days of being adoptive mums and wish they had met each other sooner!

They then met Sara, who is an experienced adopter, 15 years down the line. Sara is passionate about helping to make Wiltshire adopters’ journeys less bumpy.

Together, they are hoping to set up an independent group for adopters in Wiltshire to provide peer support, networking opportunities and information.

It would help them understand what adopters in Wiltshire would like, and where. If you are an adoptive parent, Jess, Marie and Sara would be grateful if you could take a few minutes to fill in this quick questionnaire HERE

Home Education

The Department for Education (DfE) is calling for evidence to inform their decisions around issues, including monitoring the provision of home education and support for families who home educate, where families have chosen (for whatever reason) to educate their child at home.

The DfE is also looking for comments on draft versions of two DfE guidance documents about elective home education; one is designed for parents and the other is for local authorities.

For more information and to answer the SURVEY

The survey closes on July 2nd 2018.

Kooth – free online mental health support for 11 to 19 year olds

Free Online Mental Health Support for Children and Young People, aged 11-19 (up to 19th birthday) in Wiltshire and Swindon.

Did you know there was an anonymous free online counselling site for children and young people in Wiltshire and Swindon? The site is www.Kooth.com. It’s a professional online counselling and emotional support service funded and commissioned by the local authority.

Kooth gives young people anonymous and timely access to qualified psychotherapists, Emotional Wellbeing Practitioners and British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) certified counsellors via any connected device, including a smartphone.

It offers year-round, live text-based chat up to 10pm every night. It also gives young people access to self-help resources, moderated forums and discussion groups. They can book scheduled chats with named counsellors and are free to read and contribute to Kooth’s online magazine.

Children and young people can live text chat confidentially about anything, from anxiety, stress and relationships to bullying, drug use and sexual health issues.

Kooth has a robust safeguarding practice to ensure it is a safe, supportive and accessible service for young people, in a non-stigmatising environment.


It may feel awkward, but it’s important to explain to children the risks of sexting, how to stay safe and remind them that they can talk to you if something ever makes them feel scared or uncomfortable. Sexting can be seen as harmless, but creating or sharing explicit images of a child is illegal, even if the person doing it is a child.

As of January 2016 in England and Wales, if a young person is found creating or sharing images, the police can choose to record that a crime has been committed but that taking formal action isn’t in the public interest.

For information and advice about how to talk to your child about sexting, visit the NSPCC website.

How to report an inappropriate image

If you are under 18 years of age and an explicit or nude image of you has been shared online, there is confidential help for you to get it removed. If you’re 18 or older, contact the website(s) where you’ve seen the image or video, or report it to the police. Click here for more information about how to report inappropriate images and how to get inappropriate images removed.

Short Breaks are Under Threat

Short breaks are a vital resource for so many families, providing crucial respite whilst enabling children with a disability to do an activity they enjoy. They can prevent families from reaching crisis point.

Read the Disabled Children’s Partnership latest press release about the High Court victory for Nascot Lawn respite care families here

Sign the Disabled Children’s Partnership’s petition, calling on the Government to review the funding and availability of short breaks services.

Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision – Green Paper and Consultation

The Department of Health and the Department for Education are running a consultation on its green paper on Transforming Children & Young People’s Mental Health Provision.


There is a ‘quick read’ version of the green paper that includes:

    1. About the green paper
    2. Plans for schools and the NHS:

  • A mental health lead in every school and college
  • Mental health support teams working with schools and colleges
  • Shorter waiting times
  • Mental health of 16 to 25 year-olds

3. Improving understanding of mental health:

  • Internet and social media
  • Researching how to support families
  • Researching how to prevent mental health problems

Responses are welcomed from those who have experience of mental ill-health, know someone close to them who has such experience, and from organisations.  The consultation focuses on how the proposals in the green paper will be implemented.  You can choose to just answer those questions you want to or those which are relevant to you.  There are specific questions around how teams could work with children and young people who experience different vulnerabilities.

Here is a quick read of the Government’s consultation

Click HERE for the online consultation

The consultation closes at 12 noon on Friday March 2nd 2018


Change4Life are offering a free health snack pack, money-off vouchers and stickers.

Sign up here for your FREE healthy snacking pack and get money-off vouchers and stickers for the kids.

Joining Change4Life means you will also receive emails including healthy eating tips, tasty recipes, fun activities for kids, offers and lots more!

The Change4Life website is packed full of tips, recipes, activity ideas, advice and so much more or you can download one of their apps. Visit now… 

Special School Provision – Salisbury Session on Friday 1st December

The WPCC is organising a series of sessions for parent carers to talk about planning for developing and expanding special school provision in Wiltshire.

The local authority has identified that by 2026 there will be a need for 220 extra special school places. There are a lot of issues involved in deciding how to create these new places, while at the same time making sure that provision for all children and young people with SEND continually improves. Click here for the flyer.

Who is this for?
These sessions are for parent carers only

We would like to invite you to join us at one of our sessions so that you can join the discussion, talk to the local authority and consider together how you think these issues might be addressed. We would like the sessions to consider a range of discussion topics that will inform future council decision making.
By getting involved now, you will be more informed and be better prepared to contribute to final decision making.

All sessions to run from 10am to 2pm
Arrive from 10am to sign in and grab a tea or coffee (refreshments provided)
Sessions start at 10:15am
Lunch at 1:00pm (lunch is provided)

Friday 1st December 2017 Salisbury City Hall, Malthouse Lane, Salisbury SP2 7TU

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL You can book online 
Alternatively call WPCC on 01225 764647 or email
Booking closes on Tuesday 28th November 2017