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:
- Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
- One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household.
- Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
- 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:
Talking to children about Coronavirus
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
Information video on Coronavirus for older children/adults, by WHO
NSPCC – Keeping Children Safe
Undertaking remote teaching safely
Latest Guidance on vulnerable children and young people
Mental Health and Well-being
Coronavirus, how to protect your mental health
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
Coronavirus Social Stories
Elsa Support Corona Stories
Childline – What is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus and caring for your baby – https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/safer-sleep-advice/coronavirus-and-caring-for-your-baby/
Paid for things that have been made FREE – https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/team-blog/2020/03/paid-for-things-they-ve-made-free-boxsets–audiobooks–fitness-c/