1. Advice for parents and carers
  2. BBC Bitesize
  3. Top tips for parents and carers
  4. Returning to nursery
  5. Reflecting on the child in care
  6. Child in Mind podcasts
  7. Good days in unusual times
  8. Youth Wellbeing Directory
  9. Additional support

Advice for parents and carers

It’s too early to say what the full impact of coronavirus will be on children and young people’s mental health, but the signs are that it will be significant.

We want to support children and young people and their families and to work together to minimise this impact. That’s why we are sharing information and advice.

Download and share our advice for parents and carers

BBC Bitesize

Since the start of the coronavirus crisis, the Centre has been contributing to the support being provided by BBC Bitesize.

Our own experts have written six articles for parents and carers, which you can read by clicking on the following links - and there's lots more support on offer on the BBC Bitesize website.

Top tips for parents and carers

Families play a hugely important part in supporting each other at times of uncertainty or concern especially as they will probably be spending more time together because of home working, school closures, and other public health measures.  

This pdf provides some simple advice and guidance to parents and carers to help families work together and support one another during the coronavirus outbreak.

Download and share out top tips pdf

Returning to nursery

8 ways a parent of carer can help children manage the transition back to nursery

If your child or baby is set to return to their nursery shortly, you might be feeling worried about how they will cope with the transition. So we’ve put together a list of eight easy things that parents and carers can do to help the process go more smoothly.

Reflecting on the child in care

Dr Anoushka Khan considers the impact of the current crisis on children and young people in care, who in most cases have already faced significant losses in their lives. She looks to the experiences of foster carers since the crisis started and how we can take some encouragement from what they have found.

Read Reflecting on the child in care.

Child in Mind podcasts

Feeling anxious and worried is a normal experience for children, but how do we know when it's becoming a serious problem and what can we do about it? The Centre's Child in Mind series of expert podcasts includes the episode, 'What do we know about childhood anxiety and what can parents do about it?'


Good days in unusual times

Illustrated book for children

Good days in unusual times’ is a small gift for all children during these days when we can’t do many of the things we usually enjoy. It a small book of tips for how to take care of yourself and have good days. It has been kindly produced by Anne-Mette Lange a clinical psychologist and illustrator Marie Geert Jensen.  

Download a copy of Good days in unusual times.


Youth Wellbeing Directory

The Youth Wellbeing Directory is a directory of free to access mental health support services for children, young people and their families across the UK.  Many services are still offering support and taking referrals during the coronavirus shutdown though this support may be delivered remotely. 

Please use our Urgent help page in you can’t find the support you need.

Additional support

Discover more about the advice and support we're providing to young people, schools and colleges, those working in early years settings, mental health professionals and researchers.

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