COVID-19: May 2021


This page will be kept updated with information and guidance related to education and childcare in response to COVID-19 


 Transition to Secondary School


Information and guidance on how students can be supported with transition from primary to secondary school this September can be found here (pdf, 4.9mb)



You can find resources for parents and carers on the Southwark Council website which includes information and advice regarding your child's school attendance during the pandemic.



Southwark's Back to School guide


Click here (pdf, 840kb) to download Southwark's Back to School health information booklet or visit the Council's website for details.  You can also email the Back to School team if you have any queries regarding your child's school attendance. 

Key dates in the roadmap out of lockdown can be found here.


Updated government guidance on what parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges can be found here.


Guidance related to specialist settings in response to COVID-19 can be found here.


Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings, including after-school and holiday clubs, can be found here





Online counselling for young people:

Kooth is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and is available online, offering free and safe access to self-help materials, mood-tracking, online journal and goal setting tools and a moderated online community of peers.
Access is free of the typical barriers to support: no waiting lists, no thresholds, no cost and complete anonymity. You can visit their site by clicking here



The Nest


The Nest in Southwark provides free mental health and wellbeing support for young people aged 11 – 25. This supports young people and their families with the opportunities, experiences and tools to enable them to develop their emotional and social skills through one-to-one and group work.

During this period, the service offers remote support including e-resources, an online chat service, and one-to-one advice over the phone or video calls. Once lockdown restrictions are lifted these services will continue alongside face-to-face support from the base in Peckham, Southwark. For More information please click here.





Qwell is an online support & counselling service for adults in South East London aged 26 and over.  This is a free and confidential service to those living in Southwark.


Qwell is a well-established, award winning online counselling service and is accredited by The British Association of Psychotherapy and Counselling (BACP). Founded in 2001, they are leading pioneers of online counselling in the UK, having won a number of prestigious awards.  You can access the service via this link.



Guide to Mental Health and Wellbeing for those with Learning Difficulties


Please click here to download the easy read guide for looking after your feelings and body.

You can find further guidance on looking after your mental health and wellbeing on the Government website.


Parent Consultation Service


The Parent Consultation Service offers parents and carers an opportunity to request consultation about the concerns they have about their children at home. Find out more by downloading their leaflet here. (pdf, 243kb)


The Government have announced that the Family Fund will receive funding of £37.3m in 2020-21.  This includes £10m which has been allocated to help families in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. More details can be found by clicking here.

You can also head to the Family Fund's website for more information. Should you need support with making an application to Family fund, please contact Southwark's Citizens Advice Bureau.

You can also apply for a grant to help you purchase a computer or a tablet (pdf, 2.8mb).