Talking to children about the Coronavirus

NSPCC Learning has updated its content on how to have difficult conversations with children to include information about talking to children about coronavirus. The content covers: preparing for a conversation, having a conversation and support from Childline.

Visit the webpage: How to have difficult conversations with children

Childline has created a new webpage with information for children and young people about coronavirus. The page includes information about: what coronavirus is; where children and young people can find help if they are worried; coping if they are staying at home; and what to do if they are feeling unwell.

Visit the webpage: Coronavirus

CBBC Newsround have produced a range of resources, including videos and advice, for children and young people who might be worried about coronavirus.

Read the news story: Coronavirus: here's some advice if you're worried about it


Information on coronavirus: taking care of your mental wellbeing from the Mindmate website

Links to local services and helpful resources on dealing with anxiety and mental health issues such as relaxation techniques.

A message to children and young people in the city encouraging them to stay at home from, amongst others, the Leeds Children’s Mayor, Tom Riordan, and Councillors Venner and Pryor, you can see it here.

Coronavirus: child mental health (Source: NSPCC Learning)

NSPCC Learning has pulled together resources to help people who work with children support children’s mental health during the coronavirus outbreak. Topics covered include: child mental health, what children are talking to Childline about around coronavirus, how to have difficult conversations with children, supporting children and young people through the coronavirus outbreak and resources to support parents and carers whose children are experiencing mental health issues. NSPCC Learning has also published information about children and young people’s mental health. Topics covered include: risk and vulnerability factors, recognising when a child has mental health issues, responding to mental health issues, the types of mental health issues children talk to Childline about and mental health legislation and guidance.

View the news story: Supporting children and young people’s mental health
Visit the webpage: Child mental health

Promoting mental health and wellbeing

Anyone who works with children and young people has a responsibility to promote their wellbeing, recognise any concerns about a child’s welfare and know what action to take to keep children safe.

The NSPCC have put together some tips and resources to help you promote mental wellbeing in the children and young people you work with. This includes:

  • talking with children about their mental health
  • strategies to help improve mental health
  • tips to share with parents and carers.

Visit the webpage: Promoting mental health and wellbeing