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Help and Support for Children, Young People, Parents and Families

Lockdown can be tough. We’re not used to being confined with the same people all the time. Relationships can strain. Children and young people’s behaviour can be challenging. It can be difficult to know how to have conversations about the COVID-19 Pandemic.

This page has links to resources that can help you, whether it’s a story to help explain what’s happening, advice about particular issues or a helpline for times of crisis. There is a wealth of help available to support you.Storybooks have been written by various organisations to help you explain the Coronavirus and what is happening to children and young people. These can be downloaded for free from the following websites:

The NSPCC have a Coronavirus (Covid-19) Advice and Support for Parents and Carers which has plenty of advice on the following topics, and many more:

  • Talking to children worried about coronavirus
  • Working from home
  • Keeping children safe from abuse
  • Staying home alone
  • Lockdown and separated parents
  • Taking care of your mental health
  • Supporting SEDN children
  • Arguments, conflict and family tension
  • How to cope with tantrums
  • Online safety

Childline’s Coronavirus Page has advice on what it Covid-19 is and what to do if you’re worried:

  • What is coronavirus?
  • 10 tips to cope during lockdown
  • Help if you’re worried
  • Coping with schools closing
  • If you’re feeling unwell

Public Health England has published Guidance for Parents and Carers on Supporting Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing During the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic. Their advice covers:

  • What you need to know
  • Looking after your own mental health
  • Helping children and young people cope with stress
  • How children and young people of different ages may react
  • Eating disorders
  • Children and young people with learning disabilities
  • Autistic children and young people
  • Children or young people with physical health issues
  • Children and young people who care for others
  • Bullying
  • Experiencing grief or bereavement
  • Where to get further support
  • For support as a parent or carer

The NHS Every Mind Matters Website has advice for looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus pandemic:

  • 10 tips to help if you’re worried about coronavirus
  • Looking after children and young people
  • 7 simple ideas to tackle working from home
  • Mental wellbeing while staying at home

The National Autistic Society has a section on Behaviour which helps identify what causes challenging behaviour and ways of dealing with it. Their web pages include:

  • Behaviour – top tips
  • Anxiety in autistic adults (relevant to children and young people too)
  • Behaviour at school and home
  • Challenging behaviour
  • Meltdowns

The Anti-Bullying Alliance has advice for children, young people, parents and teachers.If you have been affected by grief after bereavement or loss there is help on the NHS Website and the Child Bereavement Network has support and guidance for children and young people to help with bereavement and if someone they love is seriously ill.Young Minds has tips, advice and guidance on where you can get support for mental health. They provide guidance on the following issues:

  • Coronavirus and mental health
  • Supporting your child during the coronavirus pandemic
  • What if you’re anxious about coronavirus
  • Tips for coping with OCD during the coronavirus pandemic
  • Supporting your family’s wellbeing during isolation
  • Looking after your mental health while self-isolating
  • Coping with an eating disorder during the coronavirus pandemic