Covid19 resource for parent and carers
COVID-19 - resources for parents and carers
At RCPCH we understand this is a worrying time for children and their families. Below are some useful resources from across the UK.
1 May 2020
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COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.
It is important that we all follow official guidance and information provided by the governments and health agencies so we can protect our families and other people who may become seriously ill if they are infected with COVID-19.
Everyone, of all ages, must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus in the UK. Avoid social interactions and only leave your home for essential reasons. If you do go out always make sure you stay at least 2 metres away from other people. See more on GOV.UK
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature or a continuous cough) stay at home for 7 days. If you live with other people they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got the symptoms.
Regularly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds (here's a handy video), and if you cannot wash your hands use hand sanitiser.
If your child has a medical condition or injury they should continue to access treatment and attend medical appointments as recommended by their hospital, GP or healthcare professionals. We have added a poster to explain how to access help during this time - see below for both English and Welsh language versions. (You can also download the posters below.
If your child has received a letter from the NHS to advise them to 'shield' during the COVID-19 outbreak, we have developed a set of frequently asked questions to support your child and family during the 'shielding' 12 week period.
Talking to children and young people about COVID-19
Guidance from Children's Commissioners
Children's Commissioners across the UK have created guidance especially for children and young people:
Stay at home activities
Tips for parents
Young Minds has tips on how to talk to your child about the virus.
NSPCC has advice on talking to children who are worried about COVID-19.
Books, posters and colouring in to download
You can download a poster that explains COVID-19 to children below - shared with permission and thanks to University Hospitals Southampton NHSFT.
Monkey Wellbeing has posters and colouring in resources for children that include explaining why healthcare workers have to wear protective clothing, why visiting might be restricted and how you can keep in touch. They also have a Thank You NHS rainbow poster for you to colour in.
Coronavirus - A Book for Children (PDF) which is illustrated by Axel Scheffler and has input from Professor Graham Medley (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) is available and free to download.
Dave the Dog is Worried about Coronavirus (PDF) is a book for young children to download by Nurse Dotty Books.
My Hero is You, Storybook for Children on COVID-19 is available to download in 30 languages.
Dr Ranj (paediatrician and TV doctor) has a one-off podcast where he answers children's questions on coronavirus.
NIHR Children and Young People Med-Tech Cooperative has links to lots of useful COVID-19 related resources for families and young people that cover wellbeing, mental health, physical activity and learning.
Young Scot has brought together lots of helpful resources to help young people at this challenging time - some of it is Scotland-based, but most is helpful wherever you are in the UK.
We have advice for parents on anti-inflammatory medicines (including ibuprofen) and COVID-19.
Medicines for Children provides practical and reliable information about giving medicines to your child.
WellChild, a UK charity for children and parents with complex needs, has information for parents and carer, which covers treatment plans, carers, hospital appointments and signposts to other resources.
If your child is in hospital or has a hospital appointment there is advice from NHS England and the Department of Health in Northern Ireland about visiting. More advice will be available from your child’s hospital ward or department.
Staying safe advice from UK Governments
A UK Government leaflet on what to do to help stop the spread of coronavirus, including information on symptoms and government support was delivered to all households. It is available in large print (pdf) and several languages.
The UK Government has a coronavirus information service on WhatsApp.
If you or a member of your household have the symptoms of COVID-19 (high temperature and/or a continuous cough) follow advice from Public Health England (available in several languages and an easy read guide). This includes a chart that shows how long household contacts need to self-isolate. There is also guidance on protecting people who are very at risk. (available in several languages and an easy read guide (PDF)).
To check if you have coronavirus symptoms and for advice on what to do if you have go to NHS 111 online.
NHS Inform has advice for patients and the public on their website, including stay at home advice and guidance on protecting people who are most at risk of COVID-19. There is also guidance on caring for a fever in babies and in children.
The NHS 24 website has guidance about when to call the NHS 111 service.
The most up-to-date information provided by the Welsh Government is available on their website including guidance on staying at home and away from others and guidance on protecting those who are most at risk of COVID-19.
Public Health Wales (PHW) also has guidance on COVID-19 (including a British Sign Language version).
NHS Direct Wales 111 has a helpful online self-assessment guide you can click through to let you know when they should be telephoning their helpline.
The Public Health Agency (PHA) has produced guidance which can be found on their website. This includes advice on social distancing and preventing the spread of COVID- 19.
There is also information on nidirect including advice of staying at home and self- isolation.
Condition and situation specific resources for families and children
Autism and ADHD
Paediatrician Dr Max Davie, shared tips in this short film to help people with ADHD stay well.
The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health has a podcast from Dr Ann Ozsivadijan and Dr Marianna Murin called 'Autism, a parent's guide'.
Crohn's and colitis
Crohn’s and Colitis UK has frequently asked questions on coronavirus, including specific information for children and young people and advice on immunosuppressive medication.
Diabetes UK are providing regular updates on coronavirus and diabetes.
Disability and complex health needs
Contact, a charity for families with disabled children, has an information page on COVID-19, covering education, welfare benefits and the Coronavirus Bill, and more. WellChild, a UK charity for children and parents with complex needs, has advice about what to do if your child is unwell but not with COVID-19.
The Council for Disabled Children has a COVID-19 support and guidance webpage, including easy read posters about COVID-19 and information from other organisations. Special Needs Jungle has a collection of information for children with special needs, including how to create an effective space for home learning and advice on your child's Education Health Care Plan (EHCP).
Together for Short Lives has a set of frequently asked questions for families of children with serious life-limiting conditions.
The British Academy of Childhood Disability has resources for those caring for children with medical complexity or a life-limiting condition.
Public Health England has an easy read factsheet on looking after your health and body (PDF), which can be used for young people with learning disabilities.
NSPCC has advice for parents and carers on supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Epilepsy Action has a set of frequently asked questions for people with epilepsy. Young Epilepsy have a dedicated space for young people called the Channel which has information on COVID-19.
Mental health and wellbeing
Public Health England has guidance for parents and carers on supporting children's mental health and wellbeing, including advice for families of children with physical health issues, learning disabilities and autism, plus those accessing mental health services and young carers. YoungMinds has advice for children and young people about what to do if they are anxious about coronavirus.
Parent Club has advice on how to protect your family and how to cope with staying at home.
Childline has provided 10 tips to cope during lockdown for children and young people if they're feeling unwell, worried or upset.
The University of Reading and University of Oxford have developed advice for parents and carers to help support children and young people with worries about COVID-19.
Q Well provides online counselling and wellbeing for adults who may need support during this period.
NSPCC has information and advice for parents and carers on a range of subjects that help to keep children safe and support the wellbeing of families during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Diagnosis or treatment of COVID-19 is available free of charge to all overseas visitors including anyone living in the UK without permission. More information is available in guidance from Public Health England.
NHS England has information about coronavirus for parents of newborn babies, including signs and symptoms to look out for and how to reduce your baby's risk of catch coronavirus.
The Institute of Health Visiting and RCPCH have published advice for parents about the 6 to 8 week check for newborn babies during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has information for pregnant women and their families on COVID-19 and pregnancy.
RCPCH has advice on pregnancy and signposted to breastfeeding / infant feeding support, including advice for mothers with possible coronavirus symptoms.
NHS Inform (Scotland) has information on COVID-19: Pregnancy and newborn babies.
The Renal Association and the British Association for Paediatric Nephrology have developed information and guidance for children on haemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and immune suppression (including renal transplants).
Asthma UK has health advice for people with asthma, including shielding advice for high risk groups and help for those feeling anxious.
Cystic Fybrosis Trust has a question and answers document for people caring for someone with cystic fybrosis.
Sign Health has provided sign language videos of the Government's daily press conferences, alongside latest guidance and resources.
Cafcass has guidance for families on effective co-parenting and childcare arrangements, including information about what to do if you have concerns for your child's safety.
CarersUK has guidance with resources for carers, including how to create a contingency plan and protect those that you care for.
Other advice for parents and families
Keeping children safe from accidents at home
It's always important to prevent accidental injuries, many of which occur in the home, and especially at this time. The Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents has helpful advice for keeping children safe and a home and garden safety checklist.
Coping with a crying baby
NSPCC has a range of guidance for keeping children safe from harm, including reporting child abuse and neglect.
The UK Government has advice and support for parents and carers on how to keep children safe online.
Education and exams
The UK Government has advice on educating your child at home.
Explaining bereavement to children
NHS has advice to use when a child has lost a loved one or a loved one is dying.
The University of Oxford has produced guidance on how to tell children that someone has died, which you can download below.
Financial advice and support
Citizens Advice has a range of information, including: help you may be access, paying bills, work arrangements and children's education during COVID-19.
Turn 2 Us has guidance for accessing benefits during the coronavirus outbreak.
Latest updates on this page
Updates in this version (1 May 2020)
Newborn babies: added a link to advice from the Institute of Health Visiting and RCPCH on the 6 - 8 week check during COVID-19.
Updates in version 27 April 2020
Added NSPCC resources on talking to children, children with special educational needs, keeping children safe and wellbeing.
Added link to resources for families of people with severe learning disabilities from the Challenging Behaviour Foundation.
Added link to COVID-19 storybook for children that is available in 30 languages. Added links to E-safety resources from the UK Government and the Children's Commissioner.
Updates in version 20 April 2020
Added Welsh language version of our poster, Advice for parents during coronavirus Pregnancy and breastfeeding: added link to NHS Inform advice on COVID-19: Pregnancy and newborn babies.
UK wide and England: updated links.
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