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.

We have found a free information book to download, Nosy Crowillustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler, explaining the Coronavirus to children. A short film has been produced especially for children by the Belfast Trust. It's all about saying goodbye when someone close has died.

Useful resources

There are several articles and videos on BBC Newsround aimed at children:

Coronavirus: What is being done to tackle the virus?

Coronavirus: Why it might not be as scary as it sounds

Coronavirus: Elbow bumps and footshakes – alternative handshakes

Coronavirus: Your questions answered

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

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)