Coronavirus resources for children

A short guide to understand Coronavirus 

The Children's Commissioner has created a great guide to help answer children’s questions, tell them how to stay safe and protect other people, and how to help them make the best of their time at home.

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They have also created a page full of advice, information, suggestions and resources for parents, educators and other professionals who work with children, to help during the pandemic. 

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Childline advice to children about Coronavirus

Childline is seeing a large increase in the number of calls from children with worries about coronavirus and worries about themselves. Here are some great tips and information on how to cope during the lockdown and with schools closing. 

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Advice on coping with anxiety 

Young Minds have good advice for young people that are feeling particularly anxious or low in the mood about what is happening. 

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The NSPCC have created a resource centre for parents and carers with lots of useful tips and advice, including talking to your child about coronavirus (COVID-19) taking care of your family’s mental health, coping with tension and arguments, and staying safe online.

NSPCC

Mind UK has published information to support those anxious about the coronavirus. 

Mind UK

Free Online Counselling 

Kooth is an online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use. Students can chat online to professionally accredited counsellors. It provides services for the NHS and is part-funded by the National Lottery.

Kooth

Relate provides support, guidance and counselling services for families and young people, through private online chat rooms and phone calls. When families are going through a tough time, Relate offers support to help everyone settle.

Relate

Childline is a free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, they are there for you online, on the phone, anytime.

Childline

Free Mental Health Support

Mental Health Foundation has been the UK’s leading charity for everyone’s mental health. With prevention at the heart of what they do, they aim to find and address the sources of mental health problems so that people and communities can thrive. 

Mental Health Foundation

The Anna Freud National Centre provides mental health care for Children and Families. This includes direct work and offering resources on their website.

The Anna Freud National Centre

Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) provide services that work with children and young people who have difficulties with their emotional or behavioural wellbeing. Getting help from a CAMHS service is different depending on where you live but usually requires a visit to your GP.

Young Minds - this website is a guide to the NHS's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) for young people and parents.

Young Minds

Wellbeing

This parent-child resource by Sara Watkins helps parents reconnect with their child through movement, visualisation-essentially the body. 

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Partnership for Children resources to help your child find healthy ways to deal with their feelings and reactions to the Covid-19 situation. 

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Headspace and Calm are mindfulness apps, you can try both for free. Or search mindfulness breathing exercises on YouTube

Education

To help kids who are learning from home, educational software company Rosetta Stone is offering schoolchildren free access to its popular language courses for three months. 

Rosetta Stone

Scholastic has created a free learn-from-home site with 20+ days of learning and activities. 

Scholastic

Learn from Oxford University Press expert advice and free activities. 

Oxford Owl 

Khan Academy is a non-profit organisation with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone. 

Khan Academy

Seneca provides free revision and homework for A level, GCSE, KS3 and KS2 students. 

Seneca

Mystery Science resources for primary and secondary aged students. 

Mystery Science

BBC learning is no longer updated but still has some great educational resources for all ages. 

BBC