Children and young people want to feel assured that their parents and carers can keep them safe. One of the best ways to achieve this is by talking openly about what is happening and providing honest answers to any questions they have. Explain what is being done to keep them and their loved ones safe, including any actions they can take to help, such as washing their hands more often than usual. Use words and explanations that they can understand. There are resources available to help you do this, including the Children’s Commissioner’s Children’s Guide to Coronavirus, or the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) have produced a storybook developed by and for children around the world affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).
Social Work Toolkit have produced an online book called Coronavirus: A book for children that is accessible to every child and family and the book is offered free of charge to anyone who wants to read it.
There are translated versions of another simple book for young children about coronavirus, in English and in 26 other languages. A new storybook, produced by a collaboration of more than 50 humanitarian organizations, also available in 24 languages. It aims to help children understand and come to terms with Covid-19.
The Literacy Trust website and their book, ‘The Book of Hopes: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain Children in Lockdown’ is completely free for all children and families, and the extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators.