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 COVD-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
  • 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.

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
OrganisationPhoneTextEmailWebsite
BEAT
The UK's Eating Disorder Charity
0808 801 0711Web Chatfyp@beateatingdisorders.org.ukwww.beateatingdisorders.org.uk
Childline0800 1111Web ChatNochildline.org.uk
National Domestic Abuse Helpline0808 2000 247Web ChatNonationaldahelpline.org.uk
NSPCC0808 800 5000Web Chathelp@nspcc.org.uknspcc.org.uk
Shelter
Support with Bad Housing or Homelessness
0808 800 4444Web ChatNoengland.shelter.org.uk
SHOUT
For Support in a Crisis
Text OnlyText SHOUT to 85258Nogiveusashout.org
The Men's Advice Line0808 8010327Web Chatinfo@mensadviceline.org.ukmensadviceline.org.uk
The Mix
Support for under 25s
0808 808 4994Text THEMIX to 85258https://www.themix.org.uk/get-support/speak-to-our-team/email-usthemix.org.uk
The Samaritans116 123Phone or Emailjo@samaritans.orgsamaritans.org
Victim Support
For People Affected by Crime or Traumatic Events
0333 254 1227Web Chathttps://www.victimsupport.org.uk/help-and-support/get-help/request-supportvictimsupport.org.uk
Women's AidLive Chat ServiceOnline Chathelpline@womensaid.org.ukwomensaid.org.uk
Young Minds: Mental Health and Behaviour Problems0808 802 5544Text YM to 85258https://youngminds.org.uk/contact-us/parents-helpline-enquiries/youngminds.org.uk
TitleKeywordsCreator(s)Book ISBNeBook ISBN
Ruby's Worry

Ruby's Worry
Feelings

Situations

Worries
Tom Percival97814088921529781408892145
When Sadness Comes to Call

When Sadness Comes to Call
Feelings

Sadness

Situations
Eva Eland97817834479549781787611542
Isle of You

Isle of You
Feelings

Ourselves
David LaRochelle9781406390353
Ravi's Roar

Ravi's Roar
Feelings

Anger
Tom Percival97814088921839781408892169
Happy: A Children's Book of Mindfulness

Happy - A Children's Book of Mindfulness
Feelings

Ourselves
Author: Nicola Edwards
Illustrator: Katie Hickey
9781848578883
The Rabbit Listened

The Rabbit Listened
Feelings

Empathy
Cori Doerrfeld9781912650095
Tough Guys Have Feelings Too

Tough Guys Have Feelings Too
Feelings

Ourselves

Situations
Keith Negley9781912497157
It's a No-Money Day

It's a No Money Day
Situations

Family

Poverty
Kate Milner9781781128817
The Colour Monster

The Colour Monster
Feelings

Colours

Ourselves
Anna Llenas9781783704231
TitleKeywordsCreator(s)Book ISBNeBook ISBN
Poems About Emotions

Poems About Emotions
Poetry

Feelings
Brian Moses9781526303080
All the Things That Could Go Wrong

All the Things That Could Go Wrong
Mental Health

Bullying

Friendship
Stewart Foster97814711454219781471145438
The Boy who Made the World Disappear

The Boy Who Made the World Disappear
Feelings

Anger
Ben Miller97814711726709781471172687
Black Dog

Black Dog
Feelings

Depression
Levi Pinfold9781848777484
The Illustrated Mum

The Illustrated Mum
Mental Health

Family
Jacqueline Wilson97804408678149781407045177
The Red Tree

The Red Tree
Feelings

Hope
Shaun Tan9780734411372
The Boy at the Back of the Class

The Boy at the Back of the Class
Empathy

Friendship
Onjali Q Rauf97815101050109781510105027
Judy Moody

It's a No Money Day
Feelings

Friendship
Megan McDonald97814063967759781406346176