Information and advice for Families (Parents)

Supporting children and families through unexpected times of rapid and unpredictable change in the light of coronavirus.

Family Line Support Servicethis external link will open in a new window - A team in South Cumbria of trained volunteers with the knowledge and experience of family issues are providing support to service users via telephone, text, web chat and email.


INFORMATION ON CORONAVIRUS FOR CHILDREN / YOUNG PEOPLE

The BBC Newsround sitethis external link will open in a new window 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

Hello I’m a virus cousins with the flu and the common cold

Carol Gray has produced a social story about coronavirusthis external link will open in a new window and pandemics. The social story uses large print pictures and provides contextual information about pandemics and viruses in general.


INFORMATION FOR PARENTS OF HOW TO SUPPORT CHILDREN THROUGH COVID-19

Supporting and reassuring young childrenthis external link will open in a new window - Mindheart has published a short book to support and reassure children under the age of 7 about coronavirus. Covibook (PDF)this external link will open in a new window is available to download in 21 languages including English.  See also on NSPCC Learning > How to have difficult conversations with childrenthis external link will open in a new window



Child Mind Institute - Talking to kids about the coronavirusthis external link will open in a new window
 



We're here to help (NYAS)this external link will open in a new window - National Youth Advocacy Service's message to carers and families, children and young people in care have the right to an advocate to help them voice their views, wishes and feelings. Help us to spread the word and give them the support they need

Covibookthis external link will open in a new window – An interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic

Mindful and relaxation exercises that parents can do with younger children to help with managing anxiety Cosmic Kids Yoga / Headspace meditation for kids this external link will open in a new window

COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeingthis external link will open in a new window - Gov.uk have published a guidance to provide advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Coronavirus: supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing - Publish health England (PHE) has published advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus outbreak.

Talking to a child worried about Coronavirusthis external link will open in a new window - 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.  See also on NSPCC Learning> How to have difficult conversations with childrenthis external link will open in a new window

Books for children who are worried or anxiousthis external link will open in a new window - The NSPCC Library and Information Service has created a reading list of books for children who are worried or anxious. Our free information service remains open, and can provide reading lists and help you to find information on safeguarding topics. Contact learning@nspcc.org.uk


Coronavirus: advice and support for parents and carersthis external link will open in a new window - The NSPCC has created an online Hub providing advice and support for parents and carers during the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus: advice for parents when a child is unwell or injuredthis external link will open in a new window - Whilst coronavirus is infectious to children it is rarely serious. If your child is unwell it is likely to be a non-coronavirus illness, rather than coronavirus itself.

Coronavirus: keeping children safe onlinethis external link will open in a new window - The Home Office has published advice and guidance to help parents and carers keep children safe online during the coronavirus outbreak.

Online Safety Advice for Parents & Carersthis external link will open in a new window - In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, many children are now being educated at home and continuing their education online. Although technology can give children access to learning opportunities and socialising, it can still present some risks. We have provided some more information and things you can do to help keep your child safe online during this difficult time.

Transition to Secondary School (Year 6)this external link will open in a new window and Ideas to Support your physical and mental health during this time of transition (Year 11)this external link will open in a new window - Schools will be communicating with children, young people and families about transition, but there is no getting away from the fact that it is going to be a very different transition due to our current situation. Therefore the 5-19 Public Health Team thought it would be helpful to provide parents and carers with ideas to help manage this process.

Coronavirus: support for bereaved children and young people - The Childhood Bereavement Network (also based at the National Children’s Bureau) have written this blog about supporting bereaved children.


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