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Covid 19 – Information for Parents, Carers, Children and Young People

Government Guidance may change over the coming days and weeks so please make sure you are kept informed and up to date with any new advice or information being produced. We will update this page as more information is made available.

The UK government has announced new measures to reduce the rate of infection and reduce the risk to those that are most vulnerable. Everybody in the UK should:

 

  • Stay at home, only going outside for limited reasons. When going out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people and wash their hands as soon as you get home. The reasons for leaving your home include:
    1. Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
    2. One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household.
    3. Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
    4. Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.
  • Households where an occupant has symptoms of COVID-19 should undertake self-isolation for 14 days. (full guidance)
  • Non-essential shops and public spaces have been closed. (full guidance)
  • There is a ban on gatherings of more than two people, except where the gathering is a group of people who live together, is essential for work purposes or funerals, which can be attended by immediate family.

Information and Advice:

Advice for Educational Settings:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

NHS Advice
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Talking to children about Coronavirus
https://www.bps.org.uk/sites/www.bps.org.uk/files/Policy/Policy%20-%20Files/Talking%20to%children%20about%20Coronavirus.pdf

How to talk to your child about coronavirus, by UNICEF https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/how-talk-your-child-about-coronavirus-covid-19

Information video on coronavirus for Primary KS2
http://www.brainpop.com/health/diseasesinjuriesandconditions/coronavirus/

Information video on Coronavirus for older children/adults, by WHO
https:www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOV1aBVYKGA&feature+youtu.be

NSPCC – Keeping Children Safe

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/

Undertaking remote teaching safely

https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/news/2020/march/undertaking-remote-teaching-safely/

Latest Guidance on vulnerable children and young people

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people

Shielding Advice

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

Mental Health and Well-being

Adult Well-Being

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-outbreak

Coronavirus, how to protect your mental health

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51873799?fbclid=IwAR1MZL-PMjPq3i5MMCHX_lB0l-vFuiX8Cx_3xPFTLD-bSgtooOo1-0axz-I

Emotional Well-Being

During this time, many of us may be experiencing a range of emotions. To support young people with this, Young Minds have released this information: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/

As adults, it is also important for us to take care of ourselves. This website may be useful: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

You may also find information on the following website particularly useful. The Young Minds A-Z covers a wide-range of areas including anxiety, anger, gender identity, divorce, self-esteem and much more. It is available on our website or via the direct link below: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-guide-to-support-a-z/

Please note there is also a Parent Contact section that includes a telephone number as well as a contact form: https://youngminds.org.uk/contact-us/

Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children’s mental health and well-being

 

Resources for Children and Young People

What is Coronavirus – Helping Children to Understand

https://bit.ly/39dEe3s

Coronavirus Social Stories

http://www.millfields.hackney.sch.uk/uploads/2019/Corona%20Virus%20Info%20for%20Young%20Children.pdf.pdf

Elsa Support Corona Stories

https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Story-about-Coronavirus.pdf

Helping children understand coronavirus

Coronavirus: The School of Mum and Dad (Source: BBC news)

Local and National Apps and Services

Childline – What is Coronavirus?

https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/your-feelings/anxiety-stress-panic/worries-about-the-world/coronavirus/

Coronavirus and caring for your babyhttps://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/safer-sleep-advice/coronavirus-and-caring-for-your-baby/

Paid for things that have been made FREEhttps://www.moneysavingexpert.com/team-blog/2020/03/paid-for-things-they-ve-made-free-boxsets–audiobooks–fitness-c/