Resources


How can we best support children and young people with their worries and anxiety: Recommended Resources

These links from trusted sources have been grouped by age category to make it easier for you to find age-appropriate information for your child/ the child you're supporting.

You know your child/ the child you are supporting best so please use these groupings flexibly.

For younger children

  • Nanogirl Live has produced a couple of videos explaining COVID-19 and why it is important to wash our hands/sneeze and cough into our elbows
  • This comic strip provides a visual explanation of the COVID-19 outbreak and what we can do to stop its spread

For school aged children

For older young people/ adults

  • The World Health Organisation has released this video containing facts about COVID-19 and ways in which the spread can be prevented
  • The Centre for Disease Control has produced a 1 page COVID-19 fact sheet
  • MQ: Transforming Mental Health has produced a resource list around Coronavirus (COVID-19) and your mental health

Resources for parents/ carers explaining COVID-19

  • UNICEF's 8 quick tips for talking to children about COVID-19
  • The Flourishing Families Clinic (at the University of Sussex and Sussex Partnership NHS Trust) has produced some tips and advice on how to talk to your child about their COVID-19 anxieties
  • The National Association of School Psychologists have produced a resource for parents for talking to children about COVID-19 anxieties
  • Wandering Minds of a Psychologist explains why it is important to talk to children about COVID-19 and provides concrete examples of things to say/ questions to ask
  • The Guardian - Advice on both how to talk to your child about COVID-19, and what to cover

Resources for those working with children

  • The National Association of School Psychologists has a resource preparing mental health professionals in schools for infectious disease epidemics and outbreaks
  • UNICEF has published advice for teachers
  • The Centre for Disease Control - General principles for parents, teachers and any other professionals working with children
  • The British Psychological Society have published some tips for talking to children about COVID-19 concerns. It refers to "your child" but the tips and strategies are the same for any adults working with children, not just parents

Videos and Podcasts

Resources for children and young people with specific needs

Resources for adults

Self-Isolating

Information for parents and carers on online safety

  • Safety Net Kids - This resource has some really clear messages for children to help them stay safe onlineduring social distancing
  • NSPCC - This resource has some helpful information for parents, carers and professionals about online safety