Government wellbeing guidance
Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Information for children about COVID 19
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health - COVID19 Posters (external link)
Information for families, youth and professionals
Local Offer Wellbeing Toolkit - Download PDF
Kooth, a free, safe and anonymous mental health and wellbeing service for young people. There are no waiting lists, referrals or thresholds to access the service, which is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and delivered by XenZone, the UK’s largest digital mental health provider.
East Berkshire CCG - Wellbeing Coping Guides (external website link)
Emerging Minds - How can we support young people with anxiety & worries - (external website link)
Think You Know? - Online safety at home - (external website link)
Think You Know? - Home activity packs - (external website link)
What to say to children about COVID 19 - (external website link)
Resources for children, families and professionals (external website link)
Psychology resources on mental health, stress, anxiety (external website link)
Anna Freud: Self-Care and Coping Strategies (external website link)
BBC: How to protect your mental health (external website link)
CBBC: Video and Questions (external website link)
ChildMind: Talking to Children (external website link)
ELSA: Coronavirus Story for Children (external website link)
National Association of School Psychologists: Parent Resources (external website link)
Young Minds: Feeling Anxious about Coronavirus (external website link)
List of Books (recommended by our Educational Psychology team)
Something Bad Happened: A Kid’s Guide to Coping with events in the News (Amazon website)
Dawn Huebner. How to process different world events (ages 6-12).
The Day the Sea Went Out and Never Came Back (Amazon website)
Margot Sunderland. A story for children who have lost someone they love (ages 4-12).
Draw on Your Emotions (Amazon website)
Margot Sunderland. A resource to help people express and communication their emotions.
What To Do When You’re Scared & Worried: A Guide for Kids (Amazon website)
James Crist. A help guide to processing fears and worries (ages 9-13).
Have You Filled A Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids (Amazon website)
Carol McCloud. Encourages positive behaviour and expressing kindness and appreciation.
How are you Peeling: Foods with Moods (Amazon website)
Saxton Freymann & Joost Elffers. Explores how emotions look through pictures of Foods. A good way to talk about emotions with young children.
The Way I Feel (Amazon website)
Janan Cain. Explores feelings and a helpful way to talk about emotions with young children.
A Terrible Thing Happened (Amazon website)
Margaret Holmes. A story for children who have witnessed violence or trauma (ages 4-8)
Coronavirus by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler (Free PDF)
A digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it.
Information and resources for Educational Psychologists
The AEP has a range of guidance and resources for EPs on their coronavirus pages. These include links to guidance about EP work at this time, union advice, and EHCP work.
Working with children using online video
The Division of Clinical Psychology has produced a resource specifically addressing considerations for psychologists working with children and young people using online video platforms.
Early morning CPD
Southend EPS have been running a series of early morning CPD webinars with a range of guest speakers. You can view these live, or catch up on their YouTube channel. Topics so far have included the power of play, breathing techniques and resilience.
The Psychologist Magazine
With an increase in home working and social isolation meaning no travel times, you might have more time on your hands. The Psychologist has compiled contributions that provide a psychological perspective on coronavirus. The page is updated regularly