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covid 19 advice for families

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) has had a huge impact on family life. It is important that families can access the right support throughout the crisis. 

Find the latest local Coronavirus information, Government guidance and advice from NHS and Public Health England, as well as tips on talking to children about Covid-19. 



 

Latest Advice and Guidance

Information for parents

Talking to children about Covid-19

The Coronavirus pandemic is having a huge impact on family life. Children are having to face situations that can be confusing and perhaps scary at times. It is important that the adults supporting them can talk about what is happening. Children need facts that are age appropriate and they also need reassurance so that they feel happy and safe. 


Resources to help answer children's questions in an age appropriate way.

Coronavirus: Keep it simple, stick to facts - how parents should tell kids

Unicef

Zero to Three

Childline: Feeling anxious about Coronavirus

Childmind

National Association of School Psychologists

Youngminds

Covid-19: Information for young people


Resources to help children understand the world around them 

CBeebies

Video on the importance of washing our hands.

Brainpop

Information video on Coronavirus for primary age children.

World Health Organisation

Information video on Coronavirus for older children/adults (WHO)

Don't Worry, Little Bear!

This lovely story on the Early Years Story Book website, is to help explain Coronavirus to children and to assure them that everything will be okay.  There are activities to do to.

Coronavirus explained 

There are some useful videos explaining coronavirus and talking about why handwashing is so important. 

Coronavirus - A book for children

Free information book explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. For children 5 to 9 year olds.

Covibook

A short book about Coronavirus for children under 7 years.

ELSA

Coronavirus Story for children

NPR

A comic exploring coronavirus to help young people understand.

Winnie and Wilbur Stay at Home

Great for Winnie the Witch fans.  The brilliant Korky Paul has produced a book for lockdown: “Winnie and Wilbur Stay at Home”


Health and Wellbeing Resources

The Covid-19 (Coronavirus) has affected every aspect of family life. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is more important than ever at this time. Getting the right support for health and wellbeing means that daily life can continue as near to normal as is possible.

Health and Wellbeing Services


MIND 

Providing advice on how the Coronavirus and your mental health and well-being.

  • Call 0300 123 3393

Young Minds

Providing Coronavirus advice and mental health support to children and young people.

  • Parents Helpline – call 0808 802 5544

Kooth 

Provides online support for young people.  Kooth provides a safe and secure means of accessing mental health and wellbeing support designed specifically for young people

British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy guidance

How to cope if you’re feeling anxious about the outbreak

Samaritans

Call 116 123

BBC Headroom

Toolkit to help with mindfulness and mental wellbeing

Kaleidoscope

Tips on dealing with stress and anxiety

Chat service  via telephone, online through their website or directly through Facebook 

Call 0800 059 0123 Monday-Sunday between 5pm & 9pm

Messenger: Monday-Friday: 9am-8pm & Saturday-Sunday: 5pm-8pm

Black Country Health Care

Emotional support including a mental health support phone line operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week  available to Black Country residents of all ages. 

Black Country Emotional Support Helpline Freephone 0808 802 2288

Healios

mental health, autism and ADHD online support for children and young people under 25

7 ways to support children and young people who are worried

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families identifies seven ways you can use CBT to help children and young people who may be experiencing anxiety.

Place2Be

Helpful information to answer questions from children relating to Coronavirus