COVID-19 Support

Please find below some useful SEMH (Social, emotional and mental health resources) for parents to help support families during this time. 
Below you can find advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children during the coronavirus outbreak. These have been produced by Public Health England. 
Currently, there will more children spending time online, whilst schools nationally, are open only to the families of key worker children. 
Below you can download a guide for parents with regards to keeping your child safe online. 
The coronavirus has brought monumental change to how we teach and care for children and young people.

The virus presents a particular challenge for a lot of younger children as they adapt to new social distancing measures and forms of learning.

To support different forms of learning, InEQE have prepared a short animation, a story book and an activity that supports you to tackle misinformation and help children understand Coronavirus.

The aim of these resources is to be informative and reduce heightened levels of anxieties about the ongoing pandemic. You can view the video below.

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Claire Shaw has written a book for younger children to try and explain coronavirus. Click on the link below to read her book. 
The North West SEND Regional Newsletter can be found below. The network is keen to provide support for children and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
This is a lovely video made by playmobil to explain the coronavirus to children. 
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The Children's Commissioner have produced a children's guide to coronavirus. This can be viewed below.
Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. Published by award-winning independent children's book publisher, Nosy Crow, and written by staff within the publishing company, the book has had expert input: Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine acted as a consultant, and the company also had advice from two head teachers and a child psychologist.

The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds:

  • What is the coronavirus?
  • How do you catch the coronavirus?
  • What happens if you catch the coronavirus?
  • Why are people worried about catching the coronavirus?
  • Is there a cure for the coronavirus?
  • Why are some places we normally go to closed?
  • What can I do to help?
  • What's going to happen next?

Nosy Crow wants to make sure that this book is accessible to every child and family and so the book is offered totally free of charge to anyone who wants to read it. However, the company suggests, at the back of the book, that families might make a donation to help our health service if they find the book useful:

This book has been written especially for children aged 7 and under. It helps to explain why children need to stay inside at the moment due to the coronavirus outbreak. 
This video has been prepared by Alder Hey Hospital to help explain the coronavirus to children. 
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