Follow these links for some great resources … the website will be updated regularly , so do come back and visit again

Useful resources:

Here is a great resource to help young people and adults cope with the anxiety around Coronavirus and how to build resilience: The Wellness Society Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook.

Talking to children about Coronavirus

There is currently a lot of uncertainty and worry around the coronavirus outbreak and children and young people will be affected by the huge changes that are going on around them – regardless of their age or any additional needs. It is really important that adults explain what is happening to children and young people in an age appropriate way so they understand what is happening. Some useful links are:

Talking to children about Coronavirus (British Psychological Society)

Talking to Children (Childmind)

How to talk to your child about coronavirus (Unicef)

Tips and guidance on supporting preschool children (Zero to Three)

Talking to children (National Association of School Psychologists)


Stories about Coronavirus for children

Visual stories are a useful way of helping children to understand the Coronavirus. Here are some links to some good examples:

ELSA: Coronavirus Story for Children

Hello! Story about Coronavirus for young children

A social story about pandemics (Carol Gray)

A Social Story about the coronavirus

A comic exploring coronavirus to help young people understand


Promoting Children’s Wellbeing

Advice for young people who are feeling anxious about Coronavirus (Young Minds):

Helping children cope with stress (WHO):  

Advice for older pupils and adults about looking after their emotional well-being.

Scared Gang Have to Stay Home

Social Story about school closure developed by Sarah McNeill from our Outreach Team

Wellbeing Pack – from the School of Hard Knocks

Covibook Supporting and reassuring children wound the world: a short book to support and reassure  children, under the age of 7, regarding the COVID-19. This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation. It is important to point out that this resource does not seek to be a source of scientific information, but rather a tool based on fantasy. The recommendation is to print this material so children can draw on it. Remember that emotions are processed through repetitive play and stories read multiple times. Share COVIBOOK and help ease kiddo’s anxiety all over the world.

Children’s Story about Coronavirus – ideal for primary aged children, produced by ELSA

A document produced by Hertfordshire Educational Psychology Service to support families at this time

Try these mindfulness games developed by the DSPL3 Outreach Team

Why not make a Jar of Self Esteem with your child developed by the DSPL3 Outreach Team

A great booklet produced by Liverpool CAMHS to help you keep your family emotionally safe during self isolation and lockdown

Useful support lines:

YoungMinds has a a mental health advice line available for parents operating between 09:30am-4pm, Monday- Friday: 0808 802 5544


Website Links:

Please follow these links for useful resources to support children and young people’s anxiety at this time

Child Mind – Talking to kids about the Coronavirus

Centres for Disease Control and Prevention provide some helpful messages on how to talk to children about Coronavirus

BBC – Newsround

What can we say to children about Coronavirus

Young Minds – What to do if you are anxious about Coronavirus

Young Minds – Looking after your mental health while self isolating for online counselling service for young people,  this a link for the school nurses who are keen to support children during this time.

Brain POP: A useful explainer video suitable for KS2-3 children:

Anna Freud – Self Care for Young People

British Psychological Society (BPS) has created some guidance for talking to children about coronavirus

National Association of School Psychologists from the U.S. has also given advice and guidance on talking to children

Suggestions for how to talk to children about world trauma, with ideas for differentiating language according to age

Time to Come In, Bear: A Children’s Story About Social Distancing