This blog pulls together evidence based advice and research for professionals, parents and carers to support children and young people with worries about coronavirus. It also has resources on working with children with complex needs, children with autism, children with hearing difficulties and resources on online safety.
Children and young people with worries about coronavirus
Minds, in collaboration with the University of Reading and the University of Oxford, has published evidence-based advice for parents and carers supporting children and young people with worries about Coronavirus. A resource list from trusted sources is also available which includes links grouped by age category and resources for children and young people with specific needs. Emerging Minds has also shared a podcast from a recent webinar on supporting children and young people with their worries and anxiety.
Read the news story: How can we best support children and young people with their worries and anxiety?
Read the advice: Supporting children and young people with worries about COVID-19 (PDF)
Read the resources list: Recommended resources
Listen to the podcast: How can we best support children and young people with their worries and anxiety?
Talking to a child worried about Coronavirus
The NSPCC has created a new webpage with information and advice for parents or carers who are worried a child or young person may be struggling with their mental health or has anxiety about Coronavirus. The webpage includes information on: talking about feelings and worries; keeping in touch and balancing screen time; ways to create structure and routine; and helping to give children a sense of control.
Read the information and advice: Talking to a child worried about coronavirus (COVID-19)
This site provides a number of resources to support children and adults around anxiety, worry, stress and fears; including specific support on COVID-19.
Support for families with disabled children
Contact, the charity for families with disabled children, has updated its advice and support page with information relating to Coronavirus. The webpage includes information on: children with complex health needs; coronavirus and children’s education; and coping at home. The Council for Disabled Children has published an open letter from the Children and Families Minister to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, their parents, families and others who support them signposting guidance published over the past week.
Read the news story: Coronavirus: Information for families with disabled children
Supporting deaf children and young people
The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) has published information for parents, carers and families and information for professionals to support d/Deaf children and young people during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Read the news story and access information: COVID-19 (coronavirus): support for deaf children
Supporting children and young people with autism
The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) has released a podcast for parents and carers about supporting children and young people with autism during the Coranavirus outbreak. The National Autistic Society (NAS) has also published resources for people with autism of all ages.
Listen to the podcast: Coronavirus, and helping children with autism – Episode 4: Autism, a parents’ guide
Read the NAS resources: Resources for autistic people and families
Promoting Online Safety
Thinkuknow has published guidance for parents and carers to support children who may be spending more time online at home while they do their school work and socialise with friends. Suggestions to help parents keep children safe online include: chatting to find out how they use online technology and what it means to them; reminding children to report anything worrying, and how they can do this; and setting up or reviewing parental controls.
Read the news story: How to support your child at home
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