New online support for Dorset parents struggling during lockdown

New online support for Dorset parents struggling during lockdown

Published by Maria Greenwood at 9:03am 1st June 2020.

Action for Children has created an online support network to give parents and children in Dorset help during the lockdown.

It's supported by the NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group.

The site offers any parent of a 0–19-year-old one-to-one support from an experienced parenting coach through a new online chat service.

Parents can find help advice on a range of issues including what to do if your child isn't sleeping or eating, problems with behaviour at home or mental health.

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Since the service started many parents have been using it to ask a range of queries during lockdown, including this mum.

She said:

"I need some help and advice.

"My little boy is nearly three and we are not coping well in this situation. He has far too much energy and my husband and I cannot cope.

"I don't know what to do".

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Lynne Giles is a Children and Services Manager for Action For Children, she said:

"We understand that our digital parenting service is never going to replace face to face contact with children and families and we are continuing to support vulnerable families across Dorset in that way.

"But we've had to adapt in these unprecedented times and we want to make sure we are there when families need us and probably need support now, more than ever, so we are hoping this service is going to be another avenue for families to access support."

If you'd like advice or information on the new Talk services, please go to