COVID-19 Emotional Support
The following resources have been collated from a wide range of sources to provide information for you during this difficult time. We hope that you find some of them useful.
Child Mind have information regarding how to talk to our children during this difficult time:
Place2Be – Guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing:
Young Minds - Talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing:
Safeguarding Advice for COVID_19
So many children are feeling worried and anxious, this could help alleviate some of their fears. It has received some wonderful feedback (included below).
Written by Clare Shaw
BBC Children in Need Supporting children and young people through the pandemic
As we all try to process the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, it can be difficult to know how best to empower, educate and connect children and young people so they feel supported through this difficult time. BBC Children in Need has identified key resources that can help. Please follow this link to their website for further information and advice:
How a child or young person reacts to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak may depend on their age, past experiences or understanding of what's happening. If you are a parent or carer, it's important you know how to look after the mental health of those you care for during this time. Please follow this link to find 10 top tips to help you.
Managing anxiety about the virus as adults
If you are worried about coronavirus, and the impact that returning to school may have on your child’s physical health or emotional wellbeing, the Healthy Futures Calderdale school nurses are here to offer advice and support.
This blog presents a recent series of webinars on how we can best support the mental health of children and young people during COVID-19. These free online events (eight in total) bring together experts in the field to answer questions that parents and carers may have. Topics include: managing worries, anxiety, screen time, self-harm, sleep and more.
The Listening Line will help to provide support and advice to young people aged 10-19 years old during the lockdown uncertainty.
Information on coronavirus for children
The BBC Newsround site https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51204456 has a comprehensive section on coronavirus with text and video guidance focusing on tips if a child is worried, how to wash your hands, and what self-isolation means.
This booklet has been produced to help and support children understand the coronavirus:
The Children’s’ Commissioner for England has put together this guide which aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home.