There are a number of websites with useful information for both young people and parents, see below for lots of great resources.
East and West Berkshire CCGs have produced a range of fantastic information sheets called #Coping - Guides for Children, Young People and Families. They've gathered together the best sources of free information and advice to help you and your family to cope with life under lockdown. There's advice for family life, wellbeing of primary and secondary school aged children, and specific resources for young people.
Stuck Inside is a lovely illustrated book for small children to help them understand the virus and why it's important to stay at home.
Homeschooling during COVID-19: How One Family is Doing It: a helpful guide with useful tips and ideas for homeschooling, how to make it fun and also support children's mental wellbeing, written by Emma Bradley, a qualified teacher and mum of three
Future Learn and the University of Reading are running a course on 4 May on COVID-19: Helping Young People Manage Low Mood and Depression. It explores practical ways to help young people manage their mood and maintain healthy habits during the coronavirus pandemic.
Kooth is a free confidential online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform for children and young people aged 11-19 (11– 25 for children with Special Educational Needs and care leavers):
It's natural for children to have questions about the effects of the coronavirus and they'll be affected in different ways by its impact on their routine way of life. Children pick up on the emotions of adults around them. Fear and anxiety can be heightened if they've had someone important to them die or there is a member of their family ill. Children will be very worried about who will look after them if they have lost one parent to coronavirus and their surviving parent should fall ill.
It is not always easy to notice the ways in which children and young people show their distress, and it’s often difficult to know how to raise the issue and to help.
The following websites offer some options of how to get support with helping a child or young person when someone dies.
Winston’s Wish supports bereaved children, young people, their families, and the professionals who support them. There are some very useful resources on here about COVID-19 and child bereavement including how to tell a child someone has died from coronavirus and how to say goodbye when a funeral isn't possible.
Cruse Bereavement Care has a comprehensive set of resources specifically tailored to helping children and young people through loss, including understanding their different responses to death, how to help children of different ages, and talking to children and young people about coronavirus and loss.
Cruse also offer a national helpline manned by trained volunteers; open Monday-Friday 9.30-5pm (excluding bank holidays), with extended hours until 8pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.