Supporting Children and Young People during COVID-19

During the COVID-19 Coronavirus epidemic we don't want any of our children, young people or their families to feel abandoned. You can find information about supporting children and young people here.

Information and Resources for Talking About COVID-19

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Resources for Talking to your Child about COVID-19 Coronavirus

Children and Young People will be hearing lots about COVID-19 and everyone's life will be disrupted over the next few months. This can be overwhelming in Children and young people will be worrying about themselves, family members and friends. Below are resources and links to child friendly information about COVID-19 and why things are different.

Dave the Dog is Worried About Coronavirus

A book for children about coronavirus that aims to give information without fear.

With everything that is going on at the moment; big changes to children’s routines and lots of stories on the news it can be a really scary time for children.

This book aims to open up the conversation about coronavirus and some of the things they might be hearing about it and provide truthful information in a reassuring and child friendly manner.

#COVIBOOK Supporting and Reassuring Children Around the World

This short book was created to support and reassure our children, under the age of 7, regarding COVID-19. This book is an invitation for families to discuss the full range of emotions arising from the current situation. It is important to point out that this resource does not seek to be a source of scientific information, but rather a tool based on fantasy. It is recommended to print this material so children can draw on it. Remember that emotions are processed through repetitive play and stories read multiple times. Click here for versions in other languages.

Time To Come In Bear

A video about staying at home

 

Talking Mats

Talking Mats have developed an easy read resource based on the World Health Organisation recommendations to help people with communication difficulties understand what they can and can't do.

 

Young Scot

This is a resource for young people that covers all aspects of COVID-19 including keeping safe online, things to do at home, hand washing tutorial and relaxation exercises.

 

 

General Advice for Parents about Talking to Their Children

Children 1st

General Advice about how to talk to children about Coronavirus

 

Unicef

8 Top Tips for talking to your child about Coronavirus

Supporting the Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People

Physical Skills for Everyday Life

Building Strength, Balance, Coordination and Hand Skills can help with every day life skills like handwriting, dressing, using cutlery and joining in with P.E., sports and playing with friends.

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Life Skills

As children grow they need to learn lots of skills.  Below you will find resources to help you teach your child the skills they need as they grow up.  The top life skills that families tell us they want to do by themselves are riding a bike, dressing, using a knife and fork and making a snack. 

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Hand Washing 

To help keep you safe it is advised that you wash your hands regularly throughout the day here are some resources to support children and young people to wash their hands effectively.

 

National Infection Prevention and Control Manual have a number of ideas and materials for you and your child to use to help with hand washing:

  • Children's Pack - full of materials and ideas to encourage children to make hand washing part of their everyday routines.
  • Reward Chart - A chart that can be filled out when your child washes their hands.
  • Handy Hints for Teachers - Some ideas to help make hand washing part of the day.

This cartoon animation helps to explain why, when and how hands should be washed.

 

 

The Health Hub has created an animation with the 'Washy Washy Clean' song to help young children wash their hands.

 

 

Dr Ranj explains the coronavirus to Jobi. Click here to watch the episide on BBC iPlayer.

Visual Aids

Downloadable hand washing sequence cards for you to print off and use.

Hand Washing Tips for People With Sensory Difficulties

Sleep Advice

The stress of living through lockdown will be playing havoc with our sleep. Remember it is perfectly normal to have a range of emotional reactions to the current situation which is affecting us all. So finding it hard to sleep during this time of uncertainty will be very common and given that lockdown measures may be in place for the foreseeable future, it is more important than ever we practice good sleeping habits to help us cope through these difficult and challenging times. Good quality sleep can boost our mental wellbeing, how so? Well our body block prompts the release of hormones which affect our sleep, one of these being cortisol, also known as the stress hormone. Cortisol helps us deal with pressure and cope. For example when we have not had enough sleep our body releases more cortisol to help keep us going, however if we continue to have a chronic release of cortisol it can impact on our sleep, which can lead to sleep problems and long term mood disorders like anxiety and depression.  However on the flip side, cortisol levels are at their lowest when we are sleeping meaning that if we practice good sleep habits, this will ensure we have reduced levels of cortisol which will help support our bodies to deal with crisis, let it rest and process information. So when you think about it, there is truth in the saying “sleep on it” getting good sleep really can help us deal with things causing us stress and anxiety.

 

See below information from Sleep Scotland for Children and Young People to help promote good sleep hygiene:

 

Sleep Scotland - Sleep Support Line: 0800 138 6565, Monday to Thursday 10am – 4pm . For parents and carers living in Scotland seeking support with their child’s sleep problems can contact sleep advisors.
Sleep Scotland: Teen Zone to support teenagers sleep better.

Some advice from the World Health Organisation about helping children and young people to cope with stress:

 

 

Health and Wellbeing Online Resources from Specialist Children's Services

Specialist Children's Services have pulled together a range of resources available to children, young people and their families. Click here for more information.

 

Click on the tabs below for information from other websites:

    

 

It’s easy to feel a bit overwhelmed and scared by everything you’re hearing about coronavirus disease (COVID-19) right now. Find out more about what's happening and the simple steps you can take to help prevent catching COVID-19 and spreading to others. Also find out more about what you can do if you are feeling anxious and worried, and how you can support others in your community.

Who Cares? Scotland

Who Cares? Scotland believes that Care Experienced people have the potential to change the world. Who Cares? Scotland’s membership is a care experienced community creating belonging and achieving change in Scotland and the world, as part of a movement of Care Experienced People.

 

Supporting Disabled Children, Young People and their Families

Guidance from the Scottish Government to help improve the experiences of disabled children, young people, and their families. The support page provides links to information which can explain rights and access to services during this time, there are also links to organisations which may be adapting their services to you offer further support.

 

Information for Parents / Carers

Contact is a national charity for families with disabled children who provide information, advice and support. They bring families together so they can support each other and campaign to improve their circumstances, and for their right to be included and equal in society.

Contact have a Scottish Facebook Page and UK Facebook Page which link to resources as well as guidance on Coping at Home.

 

Information for Children and Young People   

Update on My Rights My Say service during school closures and the Coronavirus pandemic

 

 

 

 

 

Glasgow Disability Alliance have set up closed Facebook support groups, including a Facebook support group for young disabled people. This group is a safe space to:

  • share your experiences and support each other
  • champion the voices of young disabled people on the issues that matter to you
  • and most importantly - have fun!

Important Note: Members of this group have to be approved to ensure it is a safe space. The group content will be moderated accordingly.

 

Click here to read the full Scottish Government article - Supporting disabled children, young people and their families: guidance

CAMHS Resources

CAMHS Resources was created for young people, carers and professionals to pool together lots of helpful resources from across the internet that are available to help support your mental health and well-being.

When Your Parent Is A Key Worker

When Your Parent Is A Key Worker advice from the British Psychology Society for children and young people during the Coronavirus. If one or both of your parents is a key worker, this booklet will help you understand some of the changes that have happened because of the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 Time Capsule

Create your own COVID-19 Time Capsule - a free downloadable activity created by Natalie Long of LONG Creations who decided that it would be fun to make a little time capsule of this life event we are all living through. Why not have a go at making your own time capsule with your family, the resource includes:

- Draw Family Picture
- All About Me
- How I'm Feeling
- My Community
- What I Am Doing At Home
- Handprint Page
- Special Occasion
- Letter To Myself
- Interview Your Household
- Letter From Your Household

Available for free download for both children and adults:

My 2020 COVID-19 Time Capsule (for children)

My 2020 COVID-19 Time Capsule (for adults)

Supporting the Health and Wellbeing of Adults

Sleep Advice

The stress of living through lockdown will be playing havoc with our sleep. Remember it is perfectly normal to have a range of emotional reactions to the current situation which is affecting us all. So finding it hard to sleep during this time of uncertainty will be very common and given that lockdown measures may be in place for the foreseeable future, it is more important than ever we practice good sleeping habits to help us cope through these difficult and challenging times. Good quality sleep can boost our mental wellbeing, how so? Well our body block prompts the release of hormones which affect our sleep, one of these being cortisol, also known as the stress hormone. Cortisol helps us deal with pressure and cope. For example when we have not had enough sleep our body releases more cortisol to help keep us going, however if we continue to have a chronic release of cortisol it can impact on our sleep, which can lead to sleep problems and long term mood disorders like anxiety and depression.  However on the flip side, cortisol levels are at their lowest when we are sleeping meaning that if we practice good sleep habits, this will ensure we have reduced levels of cortisol which will help support our bodies to deal with crisis, let it rest and process information. So when you think about it, there is truth in the saying “sleep on it” getting good sleep really can help us deal with things causing us stress and anxiety.

 

Click the tabs below for some advice for Pregnant/New Parents; Child/Young Person; Adults and Free e-learning resource to help promote good sleep hygiene:

Cry-sis: Support for crying and sleepless babies. Provides a telephone helpline 08451 228 669 (charge attached). Lines open 7 days a week 9am-10pm. Website offers information on how to cope with sleepless/or crying babies.

 

Sleep Scotland - Sleep Support Line: 0800 138 6565, Monday to Thursday 10am – 4pm . For parents and carers living in Scotland seeking support with their child’s sleep problems can contact sleep advisors.
Sleep Scotland: Teen Zone to support teenagers sleep better.

Adults

Heads Up has information on insomnia, what helps and how to support something living with insomnia.

 

Mood Juice Self help guide. Learn more about sleep problems and skills to cope with them.

 

 

Wellbeing South Glasgow offer a free downloadable called Trouble Sleeping.

 

 

Every Mind Matters: Trouble Sleeping some simple steps you can take to ease those restless nights.

 

 

Watch the below video from NHS 24: Taking Care of Your Sleeping Pattern

 

The Royal Society for Public Health: a free e-learning on sleep for the public Understanding sleep: don’t hit snooze on your health.

Children and young people will stay calm if the adults around them are calm. It is important that you manage your stress too. Some further advice from the World Health Organisation for adults:

 

Coronavirus and Your Mental Wellbeing

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‘Clear Your Head’ Campaign

The new 'Clear Your Head' campaign from the Scottish Government is to help people cope during the coronavirus pandemic.  The campaign highlights the practical things people can do to help them feel better whilst continuing to stay at home, acknowledging these are worrying and uncertain times for many.

Advice from Speech and Language Therapy for Parents and Guardians

Coronavirus has changed all our lives at the moment. The speech and language therapy team are aware that life is a bit different and more stressful than usual because we are all at home more and out of our usual routines and habits.

Calm communication with children is important all of the time, but even more so just now. To give you some support at this time, the speech and language therapy team would like to encourage all families to follow some simple but effective advice that can really help to keep children calm and secure by using a positive communication style.

Firstly, it really helps if all children have:

  • A structure so they know what’s going to happen each day.
  • Help to make sense of all the changes to their usual routine.
  • A calm and reassuring adult to tell their thoughts and feelings to.

The next thing to think about is the style of communication and the words you use. Using calm words and watching how you say them will make a big difference. This will help to stop children getting angry, overwhelmed or acting out.

  • Tone of voice is really important. Keep a calm tone of voice even if you don’t feel calm inside. This is especially important when your child is upset or distressed.
  • Positive words are a good way to help. Focus on telling your child what you want them to do; try not to tell them what they shouldn’t be doing. This is the very best way to help with their emotions. Try to avoid words like “no” and “don’t”. Negative words don’t usually help to calm things down or give reassurance. Use positive words instead. Calmly saying “yes later” or suggesting an alternative is much less likely to trigger a reaction. A good example of using positive words is, rather than saying “stop jumping on the couch”, you can say “start playing with your figures now”.
  • Using few words is better than too many words when you want to keep things calm. Too many words can be a trigger or make children more stressed.

Remember, Use calm words and watch how you say them.

Your Local Specialist Children's Services Contact during COVID-19:

Click on the tab below to find details of your local Specialist Children's Services contact:

If your child attends Specialist Children's Services at West Centre or Acorn Centre:
0141 207 7100

If your child attends Specialist Children's Services at Woodside Health Centre or Bridgeton Child Centre:
0141 201 5665

If your child attends Specialist Children's Services at Gorbals Health & Social Care Centre:
0141 201 5030

If your child attends Specialist Children's Services at Aranthrue Centre or Skylark Centre:
0141 314 4600