This page was last updated: 22nd January 2021
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Children and young people are normally seen by lots of different adults every day, but due to coronavirus we're self-isolating, social distancing and spending much more time at home. Isolation can put some children at a greater risk of domestic abuseneglectphysical abuseemotional abuse and sexual abuse. It's everyone's responsibility to keep children safe, spot the signs of abuse and report concerns. We all need to play our part by checking in with families and reaching out for support and advice if we have any concerns, Click on the logo for some information from the NSPCC that explains how to spot the signs of abuse and neglect while social distancing measures are in place and what you should do if you are concerned about a child.


The Department for Education has a helpline for early years providers, schools and colleges – as well as parents, carers and young people – who have questions about education and children's social care, and COVID-19. The freephone number from landlines and mobiles is 0800 0468 687 8am-6pm weekdays and 10am-4pm weekends. Email:

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Full Fact is a team of independent fact checkers and campaigners who find, expose and counter the harm it does. They regularly add new information about facts they have checked about the coronavirus.


Germ Defence has been developed by health experts in UK universities. People who read the advice in Germ Defence are less likely to catch viruses. If they do become ill, the illness is likely to be less severe. It only takes 10 minutes.

The government's home page for everything about COVID-19 and their response to it. There are links for education settings; health professionals and other organisations; employers and businesses; and residential, supported living and home care workers. There is also NHS information for individuals; travel information; immigration advice; information about self-isolating; and statistical information on the number of cases in the UK and risk level.


This information from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) sets out information and advice useful for all families in addition to information about the action they are taking to respond to the coronavirus outbreak specific to GOSH patients. You can find guidance for specific patient groups here.

A concise guide to COVID-19, its symptoms, and what to do if you think you or a member of your family has the virus. You should NOT ring 111, unless you or your child has a weakened immune system (eg currently undergoing chemotherapy, had an organ transplant, had your spleen removed or are HIV+) or the child you are concerned about is under five years old. . Under no circumstance or go to a pharmacy, GP surgery or hospital if you have symptoms without having been told to do so by a clinician or 111. If you or your child has breathing difficulties that are so severe you or they cannot get more than a few words out, or are panting and it's getting worse, dial 999 and tell the operator of the risk of coronavirus.


Patient is a leading publisher of online health content and provider of the UK’s biggest patient online services platform, helping the world proactively manage its healthcare, supplying evidence-based information on a wide range of medical and health topics to patients and health professionals. They have a regularly updated coronavirus page with information you can trust.


The World Health Organisation (WHO) direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations system. One of their main areas of work is communicable diseases such as COVID-19. One of their most useful website pages for the general public is myth busters about COVID-19. (see button above).

Coping strategies for everyone

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Action for Happiness is a movement of people committed to building a happier and more caring society. based in the UK. Their website includes information on how to keep mentally healthy during the uncertain times of the coronavirus and how to respond constructively to coronavirus.

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We don't know whether the coronavirus situation will impact on children and young people's mental health, but we think that it may. We want to do all we can to prevent this from happening, or to minimise it. The Anna Freud Centre gives clear, simple advice to all those who are supporting children and young people - including to young people themselves.There is much that each one of us can do to support the wellbeing of those in our lives, including children and young people who may already be vulnerable or suffering from mental health difficulties.


The constant new barrage of developments regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus can cause particular challenges for adults and children who have pre-existing anxiety disorders. Anxiety UK give advice on how to manage the increased anxiety created by coronavirus, including the APPLE technique (Acknowledge, Pause, Pull back, Let go, Explore). They have since added a second page with further suggestions for coping.


Advice about coping with coronavirus if you or your child is asthmatic. There is also advice on shielding (staying at home at all times and avoiding any face-to-face contact with others for at least 12 weeks) if any member of your family suffers from severe asthma and in the high risk group.


Members of the British Association of Counselling and Psychology share their tips and strategies to help you cope with the mental health impacts of the current global situation. There are links throughout to further information.

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The sudden disruption and uncertainty caused by coronavirus is very stressful for most people, especially young people and families, and we need to make sure we do the small things to look after ourselves and the ones around us. Here are some useful ways to help cope with stress we may be experiencing frem The Children's Society.

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Here are 10 ways from the NHS' mental health resource for adults, Every mind matters, to help improve your mental health and wellbeing if you are worried or anxious about the coronavirus outbreak. For specific tips and advice while staying at home, read their advice on maintaining your mental wellbeing while staying at home.

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Infectious disease outbreaks, like coronavirus, can be scary and can affect our mental health. While it is important to stay informed, there are also many things we can do to support and manage our wellbeing during such times. The Mental Health Foundation some tips to help you, your friends and your family to look after your mental health at a time when there is much discussion of potential threats to our physical health. They also have a great page on random acts of kindness during the coronavirus outbreak


Mind has a page packed with ideas for coping with coronavirus if you have to self-isolate/stay at home and avoid contact with other people. It includes practical advice, such as preparing in advance for a period of isolation, making dure you eat, drink and 


Evidence suggests that a small improvement in wellbeing can help to decrease some mental health problems and also help people to flourish. In 2008, the New Economics Foundation developed Five ways to wellbeing, and they have now updated this information to apply to the coronavirus crisis. If you want to read the report about the evidence base around the inclusion of the five five ways, you can do here.


You know switching off the news and getting lost in a book for a while would be good for you, but you're struggling to concentrate. Writers at Penguin feel the same way. Here's some things they've found can help.

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So much about coronavirus is outside of our control. Not just the virus itself, but all the other aspects of life that might be impacted, from work and finances to socialising and travel. Give yourself credit as you cope with this tough time and recognise that dealing with this challenge can make you more resilient.  At times like this, it can be helpful to remember that there are things you can do to deal with the uncertainty. ReachOut, an Australian mental health organisation for young people and their parents, offer nine suggestions you can try. They also suggest 10 ways to take care of yourself during coronavirus.


Rethink has a coronavirus and mental health hub to provide practical support and information that is useful for people living with, or supporting people with mental illness. They will update this page as more information becomes available, but it includes information and advice for people living with mental illness such as how to manage your mental health and top tips on managing your mental mental health during the coronavirus outbreak, and looking after your physical health; as well as information and advice on looking after someone with a mental illness.

We all know you must wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and that you can sing a song such as Happy birthday (twice) or Twinkle twinkle little star (slowly) to help you gauge the 20 seconds. A student Northamptonshire, William Gibson, has created an online tool which pairs song lyrics with NHS hand-washing posters. Go to, enter the title and artist of your favourite song and a poster will be generated matching the lyrics to the 13-step washing routine.


Video from the UK government. Coronavirus is a national emergency. It can be life threatening for people of all ages, everywhere in the UK. #StayHomeSaveLives

In this brief animation, Dr Russ Harris, author of the international best-seller The Happiness Trap, illustrates how to use ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) to deal with the corona crisis and the fear, anxiety and worry that goes with it. Download the free 12-page ebook that accompanies this video here.

Video from Ohio Department of Health that demonstrates that social distancing works.


Worrying about coronavirus can become all-encompassing. Psychology Tools have put together this free guide to help you to manage your worry and anxiety in these uncertain times.

Whether you are self-isolating for medical needs or socially distancing, being at home all day can be stressful. It is important that we stay physically and emotionally well during this time.

Evidence suggests that a small improvement in wellbeing can help to decrease some mental health problems and also help people to flourish. In 2008, the New Economics Foundation developed Five ways to wellbeing, and they have now updated this information to apply to the coronavirus crisis.

This worksheet from the NCBC {National Centre for Behaviour Change) wants us to start considering that often our thoughts cause our body to react in a way as if that thought is really happening or is an actual threat to us in this moment and we want to start being able to train the brain to be able to challenge these in order to manage our anxiety responses in a different way.

A toolkit for supporting your mental wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak

A Tool to Help You build resilience during difficult times.

Keep calm - stay wise - be kind: 30 actions to look after ourselves and each other as we face this global crisis.

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