How can I talk to my child about the coronavirus (Covid-19)?

The way to approach having a conversation with your child or children will depend on age, personality and circumstances. As a parent, you know your child best and their reactions to different concerns.

The British Psychological Society

BPS has published a leaflet for advice on talking to children about illness. The advice is broken down into four distinct age categories, ranging from the youngest children to teenagers, and also discusses the developmental characteristics that define each age group.

Youth Work Support

The Youth Work Support website is designed to bring together relevant advice, guidance, support and tools for young people and organisations during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The leaflet “Supporting Young People through COVID” is a great tool when considering how a young person may be feeling.

Nosy Crow

Nosy Crow an independent childrens book publisher has worked in conjunction with the illustrator that worked on the Gruffalo, Axel Scheffler, to produce a free digital book for younger children on the coronavirus (Covid-19).

RNIB’s Children, Young People and Families (CYPF) team would like to hear from you if you have any specific concerns, in particular “How do I?” questions or topics. Please email [email protected] using the title “How we can help you?” with your ideas or concerns or call the RNIB helpline on 0303 123 99 99 

Guide Dogs Specialist Education Support Team are also available to answer any questions you have about your child’s current or future educational needs. Contact them on 0800 781 1444 or email them at [email protected].

General information on the coronavirus can be found on the gov.uk coronavirus (Covid-19) web pages, along with additional information for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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