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Covid 19 resources for Schools, Parent and Carers in relation to children and young people who have SEND

In addition to the information below you may find the information links and downloads from the following webpages useful:

There are lots of links to websites that support the education of children at home on on the Torbay Local Offer Elective Home Education webpage.

Please find below some resources that may be helpful for parent carers of children and young people with SEND or children and young people themselves. 2020-03-19 12:33:14+00:00

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Resources for schools, parents and carers to support the mental well-being of children and young people during the coronavirus pandemic and school shutdown.

22nd March 2020

Schools, colleges and preschools play a vital role in supporting the mental well-being of children and young people in normal times. They provide structure and security and have oversight of young people’s emotional needs. Settings will also put in place interventions to support emotional growth and development. These Interventions, such as Circle Time, Seal, Thrive, promote emotional resilience in young people. When some children struggle to regulate their emotions or behaviours, schools can work more intensely with them and they can refer children to partner agencies such as CAMHS, SWFV, Chestnut Outreach, Checkpoint and Educational Psychology.

During the coronavirus pandemic schools have been asked to shut down for most pupils to reduce the spread of the virus. Their closure is a ‘double blow’ to the work of schools supporting the mental well-being of children and young people. Firstly, many families and young people will be deeply anxious about the coronavirus pandemic itself-which we would regard as a ‘critical incident’ needing mental health support. Secondly, children and young people will no longer be in their school or setting to receive the support they would typically receive when our communities face a critical incident.

Schools and other settings may be able to find alternative ways to support young people’s anxiety and mental health while they are self-isolating, through phone calls, letters home, websites and social media. Some schools also have access to online learning platforms.

This document contains many resources that can be used to support children and families during the school closure. The focus is on supporting children’s mental health. For younger children, the resources offered are a simple explanations about coronavirus as well as practical things to do during school or preschool closure. For older children and young people, we have included more resources to support mental health and well-being. We have also included resources to support the well-being of school staff and parents during the school closure.

It is hoped that schools can distribute this document, or individual resources, to parents either by email or on the online learning platforms but it could also be sent directly to parents or young people, or the resources printed out and sent as a ‘hard copy’.

We have also tried to divide these resources into age ranges. Because this is quite an extensive list, we have also tried to identify how a resource may be used and say what type of resource it is (website, document, app). Before using a resource, you should check to see if it is age-appropriate and in line with the guidance given by the NHS, which may change over the course of the pandemic.

Below are resources to be shared in our community. We intend to update this weekly. If you have come across a good resource to support children’s mental health that can be shared with our schools, preschools and colleges and sixth forms please send to Paul.Williams@torbay.gov.uk

6th April 2020 Update

Following the distribution of our first list we have had some very positive feedback from schools about how they were able to use resources with parents or young person and have published some on their school’s website. Since then many groups, organisation and individuals have produced more excellent resources that can be used to support children and young people's mental health and wellbeing, as well as the mental health and wellbeing of the adults who support them.

This second list of resources contains some of the best of those resources. This list of resources can be sent directly to a parent of a young person, the young person themselves or distributed through online learning platforms or social media.

As before, we have divided these resources into age ranges, but these are broad, and you may find other good resources in different age categories. Because this is quite an extensive list, we have also tried to identify how a resource may be used and say what type of resource it is (website, document, app). Before using a resource, you should check to see if it is age-appropriate and in line with the guidance given by the NHS, which may change over the course of the pandemic.

Schools have asked us about resources to support children who have been bereaved by the coronavirus. So, we have also included in this list of resources information that can be used to help young people who have lost someone. These are marked with a ?symbol to quickly locate these.

Whilst all of the resources have been added to the relevant age categories below the downloadable resource TEPATS C19 coronavirus resources 2 for schools does not included resources already shared in our first download - TEPATS 1 mental health and well-being resources for schools and parents during coronavirus shut down

Below are resources to be shared in our community. We intend to update this weekly. If you have come across a good resource to support children’s mental health that can be shared with our schools, preschools and colleges and sixth forms please send to Paul.Williams@torbay.gov.uk

1st June 2020 Update
 
Our first two lists of resources to support the wellbeing of young people has been very well received by schools, parents and carers. After the first wave of resources that were produced, the flow has eased a little, but there are still many excellent resources that we have found or have been sent to us for distribution. 

Thoughts are beginning to turn toward returning to school, and it is recognised that this will need support as this can produce anxiety in children, parents and the staff who support them. We have highlighted resources which deal with the transition back into school with a ?? symbol.

As before, we have divided these resources into age ranges, but these are broad, and you may find other excellent resources in different age categories. Because this is quite an extensive list, we have also tried to identify how a resource may be used and say what type of resource it is (website, document, app). Before using a resource, you should check to see if it is age-appropriate and in line with the guidance given by the NHS, the Government and Public Health England.

Whilst all of the resources have been added to the relevant age categories below the downloadable resource TEPATS C19 coronavirus resources 3 for schools does not included resources already shared in our first download - TEPATS 1 mental health and well-being resources for schools and parents during coronavirus shut down or in our second download - TEPATS C19 coronavirus resources 2 for schools

Below are resources to be shared in our community. We intend to update this weekly. If you have come across a good resource to support children’s mental health that can be shared with our schools, preschools and colleges and sixth forms please send to Paul.Williams@torbay.gov.uk

Early years/foundation stage

Social story PDF.  From ELSA support. An excellent resource for younger children, or those with additional needs, about coronavirus using a social stories format. It will help young people or those with additional needs to understand the troubling situation.

https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/?s=coronavirus&filter=post

YouTube video. A Dr Panda video, originating from China, explaining viruses and protective measures, it discusses handwashing and social distancing aimed at 3-8-year-olds. Warning: it emphasises face mask-wearing when out, which is not current guidance from the NHS, otherwise content is suitable for the UK.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkUlCIFE45M

Webpage. A webpage from the Early Years’ Alliance aimed at early years practitioners, giving practical advice around coronavirus and nursery closure.

https://www.eyalliance.org.uk/coronavirus-info-for-nurseries

Downloadable Resource. Twinkl has advice for schools and early years settings as well as home learning packs for the EYFS. Many free resources can be downloaded; however, some resources are linked to a subscription, which costs about £6 a month. Twinkl is allowing free downloads for many of their coronavirus related products, including home learning packs. You will need to set up an account which is free to do.

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/home-early-years/early-years-class-management/school-closure-home-learning-classroom-management-eyfs-early-years

Downloadable Resource Twinkl has also completed an interactive timetable for three and four-year-olds when at home during preschool closures.

https://www.twinkl.com/resource/home-learning-plan-for-ages-3-4-t-p-775?sign_in=1

Book. Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henks. A book aimed at 4-8-year-olds about anxiety and worry, beautifully illustrated. Available from libraries or Amazon (£5.39 new)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wemberly-Worried-Kevin-Henkes/dp/0061857769

Book. The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas. A book aimed at 4 to 8-year-olds, which can be used to explore young children’s feelings. A pop-up version and a colour monster activity book are also available. From libraries or Amazon (£5.35 new)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Colour-Monsters-Anna-Styles-ebook/dp/B081X9JV1C/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=The+Colour+Monster&qid=1591181663&s=digital-text&sr=1-1

Book. Yoga babies by Ferne Cotton (yes, that one!). A book aimed at 3 to 6-year-olds developing mindfulness practices for very young children. Great fun. Available from libraries or Amazon (£3.99 new)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Yoga-Babies-Fearne-Cotton/dp/1783446595/

Book. Little Boat by Taro Gomi. A book aimed at the under threes. A little boat must stay calm even when the seas are choppy. A positive message to encourage confidence. By the same author is Little Truck, a book to promote independence. Available from libraries or Amazon (£5.39)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Boat-Taro-Gomi/dp/1452163014/

Book. Never Too Young To Grieve by Winston's Wish. A book for parents, carers and professionals to support children up to the age of five, who have experienced the death of a parent or carer. It offers information and ideas as well as some activities which will benefit the child and their family. It costs £7.50 from Winston's Wish.

https://shop.winstonswish.org/collections/books/products/never-too-young-to-grieve 
  
Book. Badger's Parting Gifts by Susan Varley. An award-winning book about losing a loved one aimed at children between three and five. It features a helpful reading guide from Child Bereavement UK that provides tips for reading Badger's Parting Gifts with children to help them get a better understanding of grief. Available from Amazon and costs £5.87

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Badgers-Parting-Gifts-35th-Anniversary/dp/1849395144/   

App. Breathe, Think, Do with Sesame. A CBT based app which uses a Sesame Street character to help teach children skills such as problem solving and self-control. Designed for children aged between 2 and 5. High production values and completely free.

It can be downloaded from the App Store

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/breathe-think-do-with-sesame/id721853597

Or Google play

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.sesameworkshop.ResilienceT hinkBreathDo 

Website/PDF. Hey, Duggee-Earn your Stay at Home Badge. Using a CBeebies character, children self-isolating/social distancing can fill in a stay-at-home chart that can be downloaded from this website:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/joinin/earn-your-stay-at-home-badge-hey-duggee 

Website. Sesame Street has also produced a whole webpage of excellent resources , including advice about talking to children about COVID 19, resources, videos and games to support parents at home with their children

https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/topics/health-emergencies/ 

Webpage. A Guide to Covid-19 and Early Childhood Development. From Harvard University, a web page packed full of resources around how the pandemic affects the youngest children. Practical, informative and stimulating. A 'must visit' webpage. See:

https://developingchild.harvard.edu/guide/a-guide-to-covid-19-and-early-childhood-development/

PDF document. A Parent's Guide to Promoting Early Learning and development at Home (0-5 years) Supporting families during the coronavirus pandemic. Deborah Laxton, from the University of Chichester, has produced this extensive guide to support parents of young children at home during the coronavirus pandemic. It is extremely readable, and it not only looked at cognitive and physical development but also promotes personal, social and emotional development and good parenting skills. It also contains links to many different resources. An invaluable resource for parents of young children. It can be downloaded for free at:  

https://www.skipforeyeducators.co.uk/booklet/covid19_familybooklet.pdf

►►PDF document. Transitions: Moving in, moving up and moving on. From Early Childhood Australia. Not specifically related to COVID-19, but an excellent document for Early Years Practitioners about the transition into school

https://www.ecrh.edu.au/docs/default-source/resources/nqs-plp-e-newsletters/nqs-plp-e-newsletter-no-70-2013-transitions-moving-in-moving-up-and-moving-on.pdf?sfvrsn=4

Key stage 1

Poster. A poster that can be printed out about handwashing. Young children need to have a sense of control over the virus. Handwashing, not only promotes defence against the infection but also enhances children’s mental well-being.

https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/ELEPHANT-HAND-WASHING-2.pdf

Social Story PDF. A social story for slightly older children, which was designed for children with autism, you will need to register on the website, which is free to do.

https://littlepuddins.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/The-Corona-Virus-Free-Printable-Updated-2-The-Autism-Educator-.pdf

YouTube Video. A video explaining coronavirus for children in Key Stage 1, the emphasis is on information and personal hygiene:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=31&v=OPsY-jLqaXM&feature=emb_logo

Downloadable Resource. As mentioned above, Twinkl has produced a range of home learning pack for when schools are closed, and this pack is aimed at children in year two and also contains useful advice for parents on how to deliver the lesson material.

https://www.twinkl.com/resource/year-2-school-closure-home-learning-resource-pack-t-e-2549911

Book. I Am Peace (A Book Of Mindfulness) by Susan Verde and Peter Reynolds. A book aimed at 6-8-year-olds, but an excellent read for adults as well. It uses practical mindfulness tools to deal with worry and anxiety. Available from libraries and Amazon (£7.53 new hardcover)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/I-Am-Peace-Book-Mindfulness/dp/141972701X/  

Podcast. Peace Out, Short stories that help children calm down and relax.

https://bedtime.fm/peaceout

Book. The Invisible String by Patrice Karst. A bestselling book about the unbreakable connection between loved ones. Although not specifically about death, it provides comfort and healing for bereaved children. £6.99 from Amazon.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Invisible-String-Patrice-Karst/dp/031648623X 

PDF. The Scared Gang Have to Stay at Home. A free downloadable book. The scared gang books are designed to support children to recognise their emotional needs and how they can self-regulate through sensory-based activities. The Scared Gang Have to Stay At Home explains social isolation for young children and suggests how handwashing can prevent the spread of COVID 19. The book can be downloaded for free at this address:

https://9fd60b7f-097e-4552-818c-715c7a2073f4.filesusr.com/ugd/a80625_45ca40d8389b4abd861c54608cd0de44.pdf  

PDF.#COVIBOOK is a short, colourful downloadable book to support children under the age of seven about COVID 19. It allows families to discuss the emotions arising out of the pandemic. Downloadable for free at this address:

https://660919d3-b85b-43c3-a3ad-3de6a9d37099.filesusr.com/ugd/64c685_0a595408de2e4bfcbf1539dcf6ba4b89.pdf

PDF document. Stress Busters. From Save The Children. Save The Children have produced six simple activities for relaxation at home. A nicely illustrated resource for younger (and not so young) children. Available from:

https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/content/dam/usa/reports/emergency-response/stress-busters-from-our-heart-program.pdf

PDF document. 'The Little Elf who missed his Birthday Party' and 'The Little Elf and the Flowers of Hope and Bravery'. These are two therapeutic stories to help children explore feelings relating to a return to school during the coronavirus pandemic and a story about some strong feelings a young person might have around the coronavirus pandemic. Both have been produced by Nottinghamshire Educational Psychology Service and can be downloaded for free at the following web addresses.

http://www.em-edsupport.org.uk/Pages/Download/5f60ccb3-1168-4a44-a225-07b2690fa253 

https://shropshire.gov.uk/media/15063/eps-the-little-elf-and-the-flowers-of-hope-and-bravery.pdf

Key stage 2

Video. Brain Pop Video. This is an excellent clip for primary aged children, explaining the virus and how to stay healthy.

https://www.brainpop.com/health/diseasesinjuriesandconditions/coronavirus/ 

Downloadable Resource. Two free Twinkl resources, the first is a daily news PowerPoint explaining school closure around the coronavirus and looks at children’s emotional reaction to this. The second is a PowerPoint to support children in key stage 2 who may be upset and anxious about content in the news

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/uks2-what-is-coronavirus-daily-news-powerpoint-with-teacher-guidance-t-wn-1112

https://www.twinkl.com/resource/t2-p-288-what-to-do-if-you-are-upset-by-the-news-powerpoint

App. Chill Panda is an app that helps children learn to relax and manage their worries. The app suggests simple tasks to suit your state of mind, such as breathing techniques and light exercise.

It can be downloaded from the App Store for free

https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/chill-panda-calm-your-mind/id1184256407

or from Google play

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.onteca.panda&hl=en_GB

Book. Potter’s Boy by Tony Milton. Book aimed at 9 to 12-year-olds a story of a boy who wants to be a warrior but has an underlying theme of mindfulness. Available from libraries or Amazon (£4)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Potters-Boy-Tony-Mitton/dp/1910989347/

Book. A Child's Grief by Winston's Wish. This book is excellent for an adult who is supporting a child through grief. it covers a variety of issues that may affect a child when a person close to them dies it is available from Winston's Wish and costs £5.99

https://shop.winstonswish.org/collections/books/products/a-child-s-grief 

Book. What To Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kids Guide To Overcoming Anxiety by Dawn Huebner and Bonnie Matthews. A self-help book designed to guide 6-12year-olds and their parents through cognitive behavioural techniques used to support young people with anxiety. This book educates, motivates and empowers children to work towards change. Available from Amazon and costs £11.35

https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-When-Worry-Much-What/dp/1591473144

PDF download /interactive document. Children's Guide to Coronavirus by the Children's Commissioner. The UK's Children's Commissioner has produced a great interactive PDF document about coronavirus. Although only 19 pages long it contains information about dealing with worries around coronavirus, where children can get more information and how to deal with worry. It also contains links to free resources such as Minecraft, Audible free books and free classes.

https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/publication/childrens-guide-to-coronavirus/

PDF document. The Emotion Wheel. The Anna Freud Centre has produced another excellent resource, as part of their 'Mentally Healthy Schools' initiative. Called 'The Emotion Wheel' it allows children express their current feelings. It can be downloaded from their website

https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/resources/emotion-wheel?pdf=coronavirus-anxiety-toolkit

PDF document. The National Health Service in Fife has created a lovely story about a cat which also includes a guided meditation to help young people relax. Nicely illustrated, it can be downloaded for free at:

http://www.moodcafe.co.uk/media/26930/Relaxleaflet.pdf

►►PDF document. Transition, recovery and learning in the aftermath of a pandemic. This is a handy resource developed by two London boroughs. It contains psychological resources to support children returning to school after the COVID 19 pandemic. It is a useful resource for both nursery and primary schools and contains many different resources and activities. It can be downloaded for free at

https://czone.eastsussex.gov.uk/media/6238/2020-transition-recovery-and-learning-primary-30420.pdf

Key stage 3

Website. The Good Grief Trust. The Good Grief Trust has a specific webpage for young people experiencing bereavement which contains videos, blogs and links to helplines

https://www.thegoodgrieftrust.org/find-support/for-young-people/ 

Book. Out of the blue by Julie Stokes and Paul Oxley, a book written for teenagers who have experienced a significant bereavement. It reinforces the message 'I am not alone' it can be completed by a teenager on their own or with the help of an adult. It costs £8.95 from Winston's Wish

https://shop.winstonswish.org/collections/books/products/out-of-the-blue 

App. Reasons2. A free app designed by young people and Washington Mind to improve mental health. It helps the young person to manage mental wellness by  
finding reasons to feel better, it contains resources to support mental wellbeing and what to do in a crisis.

It can be downloaded on the Apple Store

https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/reasons2/id1292632673

Or on Google play

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.imagine.reasons2&hl=en_GB 

App. Think Ninja. The Think Ninja app has been updated in response to the COVID 19 crisis. It helps bring self-knowledge and skills to young people (10-18 years old) who may be experiencing increased anxiety and stress during the crisis. It addresses fears relating to the virus, problems caused by isolation, worries about personal health, as well as many other coping techniques. Think ninja used to only be available as part of a school programme or from the NHS, but is now freely available.

It can be downloaded from the App Store here:

https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/thinkninja/id1425884328

Or from Google Play here;

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.thinkninja 

PDF document. Emotional check-in. Another great resource from 'Mentally Healthy Schools' also suitable for upper key stage 2, this helps young people to express their feelings and identify why they are feeling a way. The resource can also be used to support conversations with children and young people on strategies to improve wellbeing. It can be downloaded for free at:

https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/resources/emotional-check-in?pdf=coronavirus-anxiety-toolkit

►►PDF document. Transition, recovery and learning in the aftermath of a pandemic You will see in the key stage 2 resources; we have highlighted a wonderful resource developed by two London boroughs to aid transition in primary schools and nurseries after the COVID 19 pandemic. The same London boroughs have produced a similar resource for secondary schools which contains age-appropriate information for older young people and activities that school staff can complete with them.

https://bso.bradford.gov.uk/userfiles/file/Virtual%20School/2020%20Transition%20Recovery%20and%20Learning%20secondary%2030%204%2020.pdf

Key stage 3 and 4

Webpage. The Young Minds webpage, designed for young people to access, aimed specifically at those young people who may be anxious about coronavirus. There is good interactive content; there is a link to further information about looking after your mental health while self-isolating

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/

YouTube Video. From the popular Youtuber ‘Its ok to be smart’. A good video for teens explaining the need for social isolation focused on the science of epidemiology

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgBla7RepXU&t=337s

Webpage. A webpage aimed at teens, from Teen Vogue, which addresses anxiety and gives advice about reducing worry and anxiety.

https://www.teenvogue.com/story/coronavirus-anxiety

Website. Teentips is an American website aimed at supporting parents of teenagers. This page focuses on supporting teens during a school closure caused by coronavirus:

https://www.teentips.co.uk/news/schools-out-helping-stressed-parents-through-a-potential-school-shutdown-due-to-coronavirus/

Downloadable Resource. Twinkl have produced a free Key Stage 3 school closure home learning resource pack for the coronavirus crisis. As well as Maths, English and Science activities there are also several well-being activities including mindfulness and some cognitive therapy approaches

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/ks3-school-closure-home-learning-resource-pack-t-p-772

App. Self-help for Anxiety Management (SAM) is an app developed by the University of the West of England (UWE) for young people experiencing anxiety. It provides a symptom tracker, educational articles and external links as well as relaxation techniques and additional coping skills and practice for managing anxiety.

It can be downloaded from the Apple store:

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/self-help-for-anxiety-management/id666767947

or Google play

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.uwe.myoxygen&hl=en

App. Meetwo is an app, recommended by the NHS, that provides a safe and secure forum for teenagers wanting to discuss any issues affecting their lives. Young people can get anonymous advice from experts or other teenagers.

Apple Store download

https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/meetwo/id1192707038

Google Play download

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.engagecraft.meetwo&hl=en_GB

Webpage. From YR media. Podcasts videos and more, with a strong mental health content. Journalism by teens for teens including the fabulous Adult-ish pod cast. Some material here is only suitable for older teens and should be used with caution.

https://yr.media/

Key stage 4

Book. You Just Don't Understand by Winston's Wish. A book based on many years of experience of working with bereaved teenagers, families and professionals who support them helping to respond to the individual needs of a bereaved teenager. Available from Winston's Wish and costs £6.95.

https://shop.winstonswish.org/products/you-just-don-t-understand?variant=471664717 

Book. Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens: CBT Skills to Overcome Fear, Worry, and Panic by Jennifer Shannon. Based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) Full of powerful yet simple cartoon illustrations, this book will teach practical strategies for handling even the toughest situations that previously caused anxiety or worry. This book is available from Amazon and costs £7.77 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anxiety-Survival-Guide-Teens-Solutions/dp/1626252432 

Book. My Anxious Mind: A Teen's Guide to Managing Anxiety and Panic by Michael A. Tompkins, Katherine A. Martinez, Michael Sloan. My Anxious Mind helps teens take control of their anxious feelings by providing cognitive-behavioural strategies to tackle anxiety head-on and to feel more confident and empowered in the process. This book is available from Amazon and costs £11.21

https://www.amazon.co.uk/My-Anxious-Mind-Managing-Anxiety/dp/1433804506

App. Daylio. Daylio is a diary app that allows an individual to track their moods and activities to help a young person monitor their feelings and emotions.  

It can be downloaded on the Apple Store

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id1194023242 

Or on Google play

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.daylio 

App. Mood tools. A free app that helps young people or adults deal with sadness and depression. It contains information about what depression is, tests, guided meditations, soothing sounds and links to TED talks as well as a list of activities.

It can be downloaded on the Apple Store:

https://apps.apple.com/app/id1012822112

Or Google Play

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.moodtools.moodtools 

Website. FutureMe. Although not specifically related to either mental health or the pandemic, FutureMe is an excellent resource for troubled times. It allows users to write an empowering letter to themselves in the future, that will be delivered back to them by email. It is a fantastic therapeutic tool enabling the writer to imagine better times. Free resource.

https://www.futureme.org/

Website. Anna Freud. For older young people. The Anna Freud organisation has a fantastic self-care website called, 'On My Mind' which lists over 90 different activities, from self-talk to getting enough sleep. All of which have an evidence base to support the mental health and wellbeing of young people and help them through anxious times: 

https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/self-care/

App. The Calm Harm app is designed to help young people with resist or manage the urge to self-harm. It was developed by a consultant clinical psychologist and based on a therapy called DBT. It is Private and password protected and recommended by the NHS.

It can be downloaded from the App Store

https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/calm-harm/id961611581 

Or Google Play

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.org.stem4.calmharm&hl=en_GB

Webpage. Coronavirus advice for young people. Barnardo's have produced an excellent webpage for older young people dealing with issues such as anxiety and difficult feelings. The webpage also links to several fantastic resources which will help young people to cope with the difficult feelings that the pandemic may generate. See:

https://www.barnardos.org.uk/coronavirus-advice-young-people

For schools

PDF Document. Teacher and support staff’s well-being is essential when we expect the team to continue to work through the crisis and look after children and young people’s mental health needs. Young minds have produced a PDF document to support teachers’ well-being:

https://youngminds.org.uk/resources/school-resources/wellbeing-tips-for-school-staff/

PDF Document. Information from Hong Kong MIND, with advice to adults on how to maintain your mental well-being during the coronavirus outbreak. A PDF booklet

https://www.mind.org.hk/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/ResponseCoronavirusENG6.2.2020-.pdf

Webpage. an excellent blog post from educational psychologist Chris Moore about managing stress and self-care during the coronavirus crisis

https://www.epinsight.com/post/managing-stress-self-care-during-the-coronavirus-crisis

App. A Mind Of My Own is a company that produce a variety of apps to support young people, especially for those with a social worker. It can be useful in gaining young people’s views.

https://mindofmyown.org.uk/our-apps/for-young-people/

PDF Document. The British Psychological Society (bps) has produced a range of ideas for both schools and parents

https://www.bps.org.uk/sites/www.bps.org.uk/files/Policy/Policy%20-%20Files/Coronavirus%20and%20UK%20schools%20closures%20-%20support%20and%20advice.pdf

Website. An American website has a handy PDF download with tips for social distancing quarantine and isolation during an infectious disease outbreak:

https://store.samhsa.gov/system/files/sma14-4894.pdf

Website. Winston's Wish. Winston's Wish is a national charity that supports bereaved children they have produced a web page which specifically guides schools through supporting children who are isolated during the COVID 19 pandemic. The website also contains their helpline number which can offer teachers and other professionals caring for a child, advice (0808) 802 0021.  

https://www.winstonswish.org/coronavirus-schools-support-children-young-people/ 

►Website. Child Bereavement UK. The charity Child Bereavement UK has a dedicated webpage for schools and educational professionals supporting pupils through the coronavirus pandemic. The website contains helpful videos and downloadable PDFs including, 'supporting children through difficult times'; 'managing grief: a guide for educational professionals'; 'A guide to help educational professionals, parents and carers tell a young person that someone has died'; and 'remembering: collaborative projects for the school community. These resources are available for free and can be found at:

https://www.childbereavementuk.org/coronavirus-supporting-pupils 

Website. The NSPCC has produced a website full of amazing resources to support staff supporting children at home. As would be expected from the NSPCC, there are lots of advice around child protection and how remote teaching can be delivered safely. There are also sections of the web page around mental health and wellbeing.

https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/news/2020/march/undertaking-remote-teaching-safely/ 

Website/PDF Documents. The Anna Freud organisation have produced many resources specifically for schools during the coronavirus pandemic.

PDF document. The first free booklet, called 'Supporting Schools and Colleges' provides advice and guidance for school staff about how to help children and young people manage their mental health and wellbeing during times of disruption to their learning. It can be downloaded for free at

https://www.annafreud.org/media/11160/supporting-schools-and-colleges.pdf 

PDF document. Vitally important is the mental health and wellbeing of staff, the Anna Freud organisation has also produced some excellent pointers to maintain our own and others' mental and emotional health. It can be downloaded for free at:

https://www.annafreud.org/media/11242/looking-after-each-other-ourselves-final.pdf 

PDF document. Anna Freud has put some of these ideas into a slightly longer document which is very useful for school and nursery managers when thinking about staff wellbeing:

https://www.annafreud.org/media/7653/3rdanna-freud-booklet-staff-wellbeing-web-pdf-21-june.pdf 

►►YouTube video. Returning to (a new) normal. Some wonderful training produced by Dr Dawn Starley (Educational Psychologist in Somerset) thinking how schools can support young people with the various emotional difficulties and that the COVID 19 crisis may have had. Dawn takes a trauma-informed approach and narrates a PowerPoint-the training takes around an hour and a half. It is completely free.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30rl-85xT1M&list=PLSOFvrrsGhoCFcwU3q5d9j6LBv1y9-bw&index=2&t=0s

►PDF document. Covid-19 advice for schools-transitioning and back-to-school. Another great resource developed by Shropshire educational psychology service which supports schools with advice about how to help manage the transition during coronavirus. There is a focus on those who are vulnerable, have special educational needs or are moving to a new school. It can be downloaded for free from:

https://shropshire.gov.uk/media/15059/eps-advice-for-schools-transition-booklet.pdf 

►Website. A recovery curriculum: loss and life for our children and schools postpandemic. An online article was written by Prof Barry Carpenter and Matthew Carpenter. It highlights the need for a recovery curriculum when children return to school and outlines a structure for a 'Recovery Curriculum'. Many timely and powerful comments made.

https://www.evidenceforlearning.net/recoverycurriculum/

PDF document. Coronavirus and bereavement. From Bracknell Forest Educational Psychology Service. This is a document that contains constructive advice responding to bereavement, both generally and specifically around any bereavement or critical incident that relates to coronavirus. It contains advice, both for parents and schools; it covers all age ranges from 0-18 and list some useful additional resources. It can be downloaded for free at

https://www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/sites/default/files/documents/coronavirus-and-bereavement-support-for-schools-settings-parents.pdf

Video and PDF document. Seven strategies to manage anxiety. Psychotherapist, Ben Amponsah outlines seven key strategies to help teachers and education staff to manage anxiety during the coronavirus crisis. The short video is also supported by a self-help guide. Both invaluable and free! See:

https://www.educationsupport.org.uk/resources/video/7-strategies-manage-anxiety

►Blog posts. Sara Alston is an expert on safeguarding in schools and special educational needs. She has produced some thought-provoking and helpful blog posts recently on her website 'Sea inclusion and safeguarding'. Two particularly relevant and practical posts are the following, which deal with children returning to school, are 'A Sense of Dissonance and The Return to School' and 'The Many Problems of Returning to School'. They can be found here:

https://www.seainclusion.co.uk/blog-1

Website. The virus and autism. From Autistica-an autism research charity, a very useful webpage for people with autism and their parents explaining how coronavirus anxiety may affect young people with autism. This webpage contains useful resources and links to support mindfulness and relaxation. It contains a signposting page and links to expert webinars-the next one is 10th June. See:

https://www.autistica.org.uk/what-is-autism/coronavirus  

PDF document. The Anna Freud Centre has produced a very helpful guide, 'A therapeutic alternative provision schools response to the coronavirus crisis'. This very practical guide gives an example of how to assess when students can be safely cared for at home, and how to support vulnerable children and families it also contains information about how a school can work with families and deliver a balanced curriculum with structure and routine at home.

https://www.annafreud.org/media/11264/pears-family-school.pdf

For Parents

Website. A BBC news page with advice for parents with some useful information about supporting children’s mental health

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-51959957

Website. 3P Psychologies is  website from America which advises how parents can support and survive children while self-isolating. Several fun projects, as well as sound advice about children’s anxiety:

https://3ppsychologies.com/2020/03/13/resources-48-covid-19-survival-tips-for-parents-10-activities-for-home/

Website. Young Minds have also produced resources for parents that support children’s anxiety around Covid 19

https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/talking-to-your-child-about-coronavirus/

Website. Another American website, the Centre for Disease Control and Protection, has an excellent webpage on managing anxiety and stress with some specific advice for parents of children who may be experiencing stress.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Fcoping.html

PDF Document. The British Psychological Society have produced advice for parents about how to talk to children around coronavirus

https://www.bps.org.uk/sites/www.bps.org.uk/files/Policy/Policy%20-%20Files/Coronavirus%20and%20UK%20schools%20closures%20-%20support%20and%20advice.pdf

Website. From Hey Sigmund! This is an excellent website for parents/carers containing the latest psychological news and research. The following two pages focus on understanding children’s anxiety around traumatic events and a guide to parents about how developing children experience anxiety and fear.

https://www.heysigmund.com/anxiety-in-children-after-world-trauma/

https://www.heysigmund.com/age-by-age-guide-to-fears

Website. Talking about world trauma with kids- another great article from Hey Sigmund!

https://www.heysigmund.com/how-to-talk-to-kids-and-teens-about-world-trauma/ 

Website. The Royal College of psychiatry has an excellent web page for parents and carers on childhood anxiety

https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/mental-health/parents-and-young-people/information-for-parents-and-carers/worries-and-anxieties---helping-children-to-cope-for-parents-and-carers

Website. Winston's Wish. Winston's Wish is a national bereavement charity for children. They have a web page invaluable to parents containing many useful resources and information, including, 'how to say goodbye when a funeral isn't  
possible, ', 'telling a child someone is seriously ill', 'telling a child someone has died from coronavirus' as well as information about managing anxiety

https://www.winstonswish.org/coronavirus/ 

Website. Good Thinking website for adults looking for resources to support their mental health and wellbeing. It is a resource full of excellent links, designed for Londoners and supported by the Mayor of London and various London charities. Nevertheless also accessible to people living in a coastal community.

https://www.good-thinking.uk/ 

Webpage. The Anna Freud organisation has a dedicated website page giving advice for parents and carers about how to support their families during the coronavirus pandemic. The page has several links to documents mentioned elsewhere on this resource list, as well as comprehensive answers to commonly asked questions.

https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/anna-freud-learning-network/coronavirus/

Website. Seven techniques for helping kids keep calm-CBeebies. Simple relaxation and mindfulness activities to do with your children and help them learn to calm down when they feel stressed and anxious.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/joinin/seven-techniques-for-helping-kids-keep-calm?collection=parenthood-tips-and-tricks

PDF document. A Parent’s Guide to promoting Early Learning and development at Home (0-5 years) supporting families during the coronavirus pandemic. Deborah Laxton, from the University of Chichester, has produced this extensive guidance to support parents of young children at home during the coronavirus pandemic. It is extremely readable; it not only looks at cognitive and physical development, but also promotes personal, social and emotional development and good parenting skills. It also contains links to many different resources. An invaluable resource for parents of young children. It can be downloaded for free at:

https://www.skipforeyeducators.co.uk/booklet/covid19_familybooklet.pdf

PDF document. Coronavirus and bereavement. From Bracknell Forest Educational Psychology Service. This is a document that contains constructive advice responding to bereavement, both generally and specifically around any bereavement or critical incident that relates to coronavirus. It contains advice, both for parents and schools; it covers all age ranges from 0-18 and list some useful additional resources. It can be downloaded for free at

https://www.savethechildren.org.uk/content/dam/usa/reports/emergency-response/stress-busters-from-our-heart-program.pdf