Helping Parents and Carers meet the needs of Children and Young People during

Covid-19 Primary Care Response:

Helping Parents and Carers meet the needs of Children and Young People

The following are a serious of links that practices can send to parents/carers, as and when indicated:


Talking to Children about Coronavirus

·         Young Minds have an excellent resource to help parents talk to their children

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– If your child is worried or anxious about coronavirus, here’s the Young Minds Parents Helpline experts’ advice on what you can do.

·         Covid book – an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under, designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic;

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– this interactive book is a good way of helping you explain and reassure your child about coronavirus




Support for children and young people with SEND

·         The Council for Disabled Children has a good summary page of all the national guidance

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The Council for Disabled Children has pulled together a range of guidance to help you support your child as this time

·         WellChild – the national charity of children with SEND have some good tips:

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Here is a good link to top tips to keep your child safe and well at this time



Supporting the Mental Health needs of Young People 

· in an online resource available for all young people aged 11-18 (up to 25 for looked after children) with self-help information on a range of topics, moderated forums and online 1:1 counselling and support (Monday to Friday 12pm – 10pm, Saturday 6pm – 10pm)

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·         There are several very good websites:

o   Young minds  – For mental health issues in young people

o   Self harm UK – For young people who self-harm

o   WellCast – Great youtube videos to help emotional well-being

·         There are also several apps suitable for young people:

SAM app

(Self-help for Anxiety Management)

For all ages. Users can record their anxiety levels and identify different triggers, and manage symptoms
Calm Harm appFor YP who have already started the process of gaining an understanding of their self-harm issues. Provides tasks to resist or manage the urge to self harm. 4 tasks – distract, comfort, express, release.
WorryTime appAges 12+. Allows users to control everyday stress and anxiety by acting as a place to store your daily worries.
Virtual Hope appSimple tools to help patients with coping, relaxation, distraction and positive thinking.
Smiling Minds appFor all ages (from 7 years+). Guided meditations, bite size options, categorised in age groups. Helps with thoughts and feelings and to self-check on mood.
Mindfulness Daily appFor all ages, for stress, anxiety and depression. Includes advice, tips and tools to improve mental health and well-being.


Self-Management of Acute illness

·         The Little Orange Book – It’s still out there helping parents and carers recognise and respond appropriately to a range of diseases, illness and conditions as well as signposting parents to the most appropriate service or clinician should they need further support.

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has a whole loads of useful tips and advice on how to manage common problem in babies and small children

·         RCPCH symptom guide for parents / carers – not every feverish child has COVID-19. A useful one page guide for when to get help for a C or YP who are unwell.

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leaflet helps you work out when to get help for your child

·         NHS 111 online   – patients can use this for children over 5

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NHS111 online is available 24hrs a day and can help provide advice on how to manage common health problems, and where to get further help if needed

Please see below link for an up to date guide for further help and support

1. NG CCG Covid-19 Health Resource Guide




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