Supporting Children during Times of Worry

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

There is a lot of information across the internet about how to talk to or support children and young people who might have questions or worries about Coronavirus. Our website aims to gather together some selected resources in one place to support children.

Information about Coronavirus specifically for children

The BBC Newsround site has a comprehensive section on the Coronavirus with text and video guidance focusing on tips if a child is worried, how to wash your hands, and what self-isolation means.

The YoungMinds UK advice on what to do if you’re anxious about Coronavirus might be more useful for teens and young adults. The main focus is on a self-care and they provide further information about how young people can look after their mental health if self isolating.

Mencap have produced an easy read information sheet about Coronavirus. This would be particularly useful for children, young people or adults whose understanding is improved with visuals and information given in bitesize chunks.

Carol Gray has produced a social story about the Coronavirus and pandemics. The social story uses large print pictures and contextual information. It is a very factual, child-friendly explanation for children.

The MindHeart information and activity book about Coronavirus can support in opening up a conversation about children’s concerns. The book is available in 18 languages and it encourages children to label their feelings and offers specific advice on things they can do to stay healthy.