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Covid-19 Parent Information

Children's anxiety


During this unusual and difficult time, it is normal for children to feel anxious or worried. Below is a list of websites that may help you and your child find strategies to cope.


We’re living in uncertain and rapidly changing times. We don't know how the coronavirus situation will impact on children, young people and parents’ mental health but there is a risk that the concern that they feel may lead to feelings of anxiety and distress. This is especially true for children who may already have underlying issues.


Managing anxiety

The British Association For Counselling And Psychotherapy have produced some short guidance ‘Coronavirus anxiety: how to cope if you’re feeling anxious about the outbreak’ which can be found here


Helping children cope with stress

The World Health Organisation has produced a useful 1 sided poster ‘Helping Children Cope with Stress During the COVID-19 Outbreak’ for parents.  It can be found here 


Place2Be guide

Place2Be have produced a guide giving advice to parents about How to support their children and themselves with concerns, sharing tips, and some useful resources, to put this in context.  It can be found here


Worries about the world - Childine advice page

This page includes information on what concerns a child might currently have, for example about the coronavirus, and some things to try to address these worries. Find it here


Anna Freud Centre

A new page on the Anna Freud website provides clear, simple advice to all those who are supporting children and young people - including to young people themselves.  There are 3 videos, one for young people, one for parents and one for schools and colleges.

You can access the page at


Child Mind Institute

The Child Mind Institute has produced a page on its website which offers advice for parents from experts about bringing up the pandemic in a way that will be reassuring and not make kids more worried than they already may be. It can be found here


Young Minds 10 tips from their parents helpline

10 tips for parents if their child is worried about coronavirus can be found here


Resources to help encourage positive Mental Wellbeing during the Coronavirus pandemic

Young Minds advice for parents

Tips and advice on where to get support for your child during the Covid-19 pandemic can be found here

How to keep mentally healthy during these uncertain times-Actions for happiness

These ideas and examples can help you find ways to look after your wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak.


Books for children who are worried or anxious

NSPCC library service has put together a reading list of books you can use to support children who are experiencing stress and anxiety at this time. View the list


Supporting parents and carers

NSPCC has advice for parents to support them during what may be a difficult time:


Bereavement support

Bereavement UK has a page dedicated to the Coronavirus outbreak which includes advice including supporting children through difficult times/bereavement and when you can`t visit someone who is ill.  The page also had details about their helpline and web-based live chat.

Winston`s Wish also has information around Coronavirus

How to Stay Safe at Home – Easy Read version

There is an Easy Read leaflet called Staying Well at Home to help people to look after themselves.