In the current context of the Coronavirus outbreak, there is support, information and resources for those working with children, young people and their families as detailed below:
Helping children to understand the Coronavirus outbreak
NSPCC has created an online Hub which is available to provide support and advice for parents and carers during the Coronavirus outbreak. The Hub features useful pages such as “Talking to children worried about Coronavirus”, “Online Safety” and “Keeping children safe from abuse”.
Children can contact Childline: 0800 111 (Open daily from 9am for calls and 1-2-1 counsellor chats)
This aims to provide support and guidance on vulnerable children and young people and how the current circumstances might affect them.
The Council for Disabled Children
The Home Office has published guidance that highlights the help and support that is available for victims of domestic abuse during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Thinkuknow have produced home activity packs which have the purpose of providing support and resources to allow learning about online safety when at home. This can be accessed here. The webpage contains help sheets for parents and carers, along with activity packs.
The UK Safer Internet Centre has set up a blog that focuses on “Keeping children happy and safe during Covid-19”. The blog provides lots of useful resources for parents and carers to ensure the safety of children online.
Public Health England have published advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and well-being of young people and children during the Coronavirus outbreak.