Here are some resources to help us to help kids cope with COVID-19 

COVID Convo video – from Iszzy Hayter-Rogers

I’ve made some animations as part of my work in CAMHS to start the ‘COVID Convo’ with teenagers & children – hopefully they’re useful to some! Please share if you’d like to [Teen Version]

Hello, I’m a virus…

  • Information from
  • This is a really simple, colourful cartoon explanation of what a virus is
  • It covers the basics in a very clear and child-friendly way
  • This is my favourite young kids resource, so far – download it – here


  • To download click – here
  • From Dr Russ Harris of The Happiness Trap
  • This document uses the acronym FACE COVID to offer advice on getting through this tricky phase!

COVID-19 Psychological Resources – to help children

  • To download click – here
  • Put together by the Child Health Psychology department at Cardiff & Vale University Health Board
  • Great range of stuff here – particularly the colourful graphics
  • There’s a cracker on p.2 about HOW TO EXPLAIN SCHOOL CLOSURES to little kids or children with LDs – love it!

Advice from the National Youth Agency & UK Youth on COVID-19

  • There are three documents in this series of guides from the NYA & UK Youth:
  • Support for young people – download here
  • Support for youth workers – download here
  • Guidance on closure of provision – download here

World Health Organisation COVID-19 guidelines for children

  • Great little cartoon document from Talking Mats explaining the position – download it here
  • Includes the usual ‘things we can’t do’ as well as hand washing, etc. But also…
  • Things we CAN do if we’re careful and…
  • Things that are SAFE for us to do

Interview between a 9 year old and two clinicians about the virus

  • Check out the Boston Children’s Hospital info page  – here
  • This short video covers the basics and seeks to answer the questions that older, pre-teen kids might ask
  • To view the video in YouTube, click – here

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