There are a range of resources to help adopters, foster carers and special guardians to help children develop their understanding about coronavirus in an appropriate and helpful way:
AHA Parenting gives guidance on What to say to your child about the Coronavirus and how to cope as a parent [last updated: 6 March 2020]
Anna Freud Centre has information about Supporting young people’s mental health through periods of disruption [last checked: 9 April 2020]
British Psychological Society addresses The importance of talking to children about coronavirus [last updated: 16 March 2020]
Special Needs Jungle has information about Calming Coronavirus anxiety in children (and everyone else) [last updated: 13 March 2020]
Harvard University have materials about Coronavirus and early childhood development
There are also materials designed specifically for use by children and young people:
Childline has advice about coronavirus [last checked: 9 April 2020]
Children’s Commissioner Office has produced a Children’s Guide to Coronavirus [last checked: 9 April 2020]
Mindheart have produced A picture book explaining Coronavirus to young children and available in multiple languages [last checked: 9 April 2020]
National Public Radio’s Goats and Soda Blog have A comic for children and young people exploring the new coronavirus [last updated: 16 March 2020]
YoungScot has very accessible materials for young people on staying healthy and active during coronavirus [last checked: 9 April 2020]
There are also numerous general resources that will help with finding ways to support and occupy children during this period, including advice about home-learning:
Chatterpack offer a range of Free home learning resources [last checked: 9 April 2020]
Childline's Calm Zone has activities, games and videos to help let go of stress [last checked: 9 April 2020]
Coram Life Education have created a resource for younger children in which Harold the giraffe shares ideas on how to stay healthy and happy [last checked: 9 April 2020]
We are a leading publisher of adoption and fostering children’s books, and although we do not have resources that specifically address coronavirus, a number of our titles may be useful for children in the current situation.
Morris and the Bundle of Worries explores the idea of children talking to others about worries in order to help manage them.
A Safe Place for Rufus explores how living in a safe place can help children to manage their fears and difficulties.
Our new catalogue of books and resources for children is packed full of stories, guides and interactive tools designed to provide young people in care or adopted with all the support, information and advice they need.