COVID-19 Supporting children and young people through difficult times
The following links will take you to organisations who have developed specific information linked to the impact of COVID-19 outbreak for children and young people. This will sadly include bereavement for some and disruption to normal routines and behaviour for all.
The Community Education Psychologists (CEP) in Solihull have a collection of useful resources on their website.
NEW Solihull Community Educational Psychology Service (CEPS) have produced guidance for schools and families on supporting children return to school when it is time to do so. The guidance for schools provides a phased approach to supporting children and young people, giving practical strategies at each level. The guidance is based on evidence and research that has been shared by psychologists across the UK, and is designed to complement the good practice in transition processes that are already in place in schools in Solihull. The guidance can be found on the CEPS website.
CEPS also have a family support line – more details in this leaflet aimed at parents and carers. Please share this wherever you have the opportunity.
- Please select this link to download the leaflet for parents and carers.
Please see the Solar website for changes to service and sources of support.
The document below has been created by professionals working with children, young people and their families in Solihull to help signpost parents to the appropriate support for their child as they return to school. We recommend that you share it with your parents/carers.
Useful resources for supporting children and young people to understand what is going on (compiled by the Emerging Minds network)
- Advice for those supporting children and young people around COVID-19(PDF for download)
- Top tips for supporting children and young people around COVID-19 (all based on the current evidence base)
- Reading List of various resources focused on supporting children and young people with their mental health from other reliable sources and grouped by age and need
Psychologists from the British Psychological Society have produced guidance for their children on navigating the emotional effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In addition to the guidance for parents, there is also an advice sheet aimed at their children to answer the questions they may have. It explains what a key worker is and why they have to spend so much time at work right now, discusses Coronavirus safety on a basic level and encourages young people to talk to their parents when they’re feeling worried.
Headstart Kernow have, through a project entitled SPACE (Supporting Parents and children Emotionally), a suite of resources that schools may wish to share:
The Anna Freud Centre have lots of useful resources aimed at supporting professionals, children and families with the inevitable change and disruption that COVID-19 has brought and will continue to bring.
Inevitably, sleep suffers during periods of stress and disruption. This resource from Public Health England will support you in talking to pupils at KS3/4 about good sleep hygiene and its importance. CBBC has a useful webpage on sleep for children in KS2.
Pooky Knightsmith has developed a number of videos on her YouTube channel which may be of interest:
BEREAVEMENT | 3 activities for supporting children
SOCIAL ANXIETY | How I’m preventing lockdown triggering a relapse
DISSOCIATION | What it is & how to help
COVID19 | How to WFH & home school without tearing your hair out
PANIC ATTACKS | How to support
ANXIETY | Top phrases for calming anxious children
Child bereavement network – advice on supporting grieving children during the outbreak
Winston’s wish – information, advice and guidance on supporting bereaved children and young people during the coronavirus outbreak
Grief encounter – support and advice includes how to say goodbye when attending a funeral is not possible.
Young minds – particularly helpful when considering how children of different ages understand death.
Rise Above – young person-friendly website from Public Health England addressing issues of particular pertinence to teens.