Frightening events widely reported in the media, such as the coronavirus pandemic, can cause children to worry about themselves and others. It is normal for children to feel unsettled when something scary is happening or has happened, and many will be upset, sad or fearful at times. Children who have been bereaved are likely to show a stronger reaction and may worry that they or someone they know will die.

Here is a lovely little film produced by the Belfast Trust about helping young children to say goodbye when they have lost someone during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Useful resources

There are several articles and videos on BBC Newsround aimed at children which are regularly updated, including questions children are asking about going back to school.  The following stories are particularly relevant.

Coronavirus: What is being done to tackle the virus?

Coronavirus: Elbow bumps and footshakes – alternative handshakes

Coronavirus: Your questions answered

Coronavirus: Keep it simple, stick to facts – how parents should tell kids

Coronavirus - A Book for Children

We have found this free information book explaining the Coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. Free for anyone to read on screen or print out (but with an invitation to donate to NHS charities), the book is all about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it in language suitable for 5-9 year olds. Here's the link to download it. Coronavirus: A book for children

Child Bereavement UK offers advice about supporting children through the pandemic. You can view their short guidance film on supporting bereaved children and download their leaflet here.  Child Bereavement UK

The Child Bereavement UK Helpline continues to operate as normal, providing confidential support, information and guidance to families and professionals.

CALL  0800 02 888 40

Child Bereavement UK WEBSITE

Email [email protected]

Other useful links and helplines for children and young people 

Childline on 0800 11 11 for 24-hour confidential support to children and young people up to the 19th birthday.

WINSTONS WISH offers great advice on how to help children at this time. How to tell them someone has died, how to talk to them about the pandemic and also a helpline if you need to ask for advice. 

Young Minds on 85258 for 24/7 crisis support. Text YM to 85258. (Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus)