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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.

Solihull #WeAreThinkingOfYou Back to School Transition Guide

Useful resources for supporting children and young people to understand what is going on (compiled by the Emerging Minds network)

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.

When your parent is a keyworker – advice for children and young people

Advice for keyworker parents – helping your child adapt

Headstart Kernow have, through a project entitled SPACE (Supporting Parents and children Emotionally), a suite of resources that schools may wish to share:

GROUNDING BOY

GROUNDING GIRL

SPACE Factsheet one – being safe

SPACE Factsheet two – keeping connected

SPACE Factsheet three – understanding resilience

SPACE-Factsheet-five-healthy-relationships

The teenage brain and emotions

NSPCC – books for children who are worried or anxious

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.

Helping children and young people manage anxiety – Anna Freud Centre

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.