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Helpful information to support children, young people and parents

We’re living in uncertain and rapidly changing times. We don't know how the coronavirus situation will impact on children, young people and parents’ mental health, but there is a risk that the concern that they feel may lead to feelings of anxiety and distress. This is especially true for children who may already have underlying issues.

Lots of organisations are preparing resources which schools might:

  1. a) Find useful in their on-going contact with children in school
  2. b) Consider making families aware of, via the school website or newsletters.

Below is a selection of support materials.

----------------------------------------------------------------------General advice about protecting ourselves from the virus

Public health England public protection materials

These Coronavirus materials will help to inform and protect the general public during the outbreak.  They are held in a zip folder which can be downloaded from the PHE Campaign Resource Centre (CRC). They each contain a variety of digital, social and print materials. 
There are a number of alternative formats that communicate hand washing guidance through large print, easy read*, British Sign Language (BSL) and Braille.

Mencap – easy read guide

Mencap have produced an easy read guide to the Coronavirus which can be found here

Guidance about supporting Mental Health during the Coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus and UK schools closures: Support and advice for schools and parents/carers

The British Psychological Society has produced this 5 page guidance document which gives advice to both schools and parents which explicitly considers continued liaison between schools, families and relevant professionals while the current measures are in place.  It can be found here

Managing anxiety

The British Association For Counselling And Psychotherapy have produced some short guidance ‘Coronavirus anxiety: how to cope if you’re feeling anxious about the outbreak’ which can be found here

----------------------------------------------------------------------Resources which provide advice to parents/staff about supporting their children

Helping children cope with stress

The World Health Organisation has produced a useful 1 sided poster ‘Helping Children Cope with Stress During the COVID-19 Outbreak’ for parents.  It can be found here 

Looking after your family’s wellbeing at home

The Liverpool CaMHS partnership have produced this 8 page leaflet which includes a set of resilience challenges for 4-7 year olds and 8-11 year olds.  Perhaps children in schools could develop their own to be sent to their peers at home?  The leaflet can be found here

Place2Be guide

Place2Be have produced a guide giving advice to parents about How to support their children and themselves with concerns, sharing tips, and some useful resources, to put this in context.  It can be found here

Worries about the world - Childine advice page

This page includes information on what concerns a child might currently have, for example about the coronavirus, and some things to try to address these worries. Find it here

Anna Freud Centre

A new page on the Anna Freud website provides clear, simple advice to all those who are supporting children and young people - including to young people themselves.  There are 3 videos, one for young people, one for parents and one for schools and colleges.

You can access the page at www.annafreud.org/coronavirus

Child Mind Institute

The Child Mind Institute has produced a page on its website which offers advice for parents from experts about bringing up the pandemic in a way that will be reassuring and not make kids more worried than they already may be. It can be found here

Young Minds 10 tips from their parents helpline

10 tips for parents if their child is worried about coronavirus can be found here

Amaze facts for SEND children

AMAZE is a charity in east Sussex for SEND children and their parents and they have provided a useful information pack for parents of SEND children here

Coronavirus – How to help kids cope with life without school

This video for children can be found here

Explaining Coronavirus to younger children

A cartoon which explains Coronavirus to young children can be found here


Activities for children at home

Mood Journal – Childline

Children can sign up to Childline’s “locker” and track their daily mood in the mood journal. This might be a helpful way for children to balance their mood during a period of uncertainty. Find it here

Calm Zone – Childline

A toolbox of activities such as breathing exercises, coping videos, yoga videos and games that can help children feel calm in a period of disruption.  Find it here

Coronavirus comic strip – NPR

A comic strip to help children understand what the coronavirus is and respond to some common questions and worries they may have.  Find it here

Tips for if you're worried about the coronavirus - Newsround video

Find it here

How to cope when you can’t go to school because of the coronavirus - Newsround video

Find it here


Resources for children experiencing difficulties

SHOUT - text ‘Shout’ to 85258 for 24/7 crisis text support

Childline - under 19s can call 0800 1111 for free, confidential support

Kooth at Kooth.com


Advice for parents/staff to look after their own wellbeing

Mind – Coronavirus and your wellbeing

Lots of practical ideas for adults to look after their wellbeing if stuck indoors can be found here

Take a deep breath

Calming resources to take care of your mind and stay grounded can be found here