Resources for parents & carers during the coronavirus outbreak

Lockdown and isolation with children can be tough, especially if your children need particular support or you’re doing this alone. Here are some resources and information, all from trusted sources and recommended and approved by parents in Leeds.

Try to listen to your child/children and try to answer questions they have, led by them and how much they want to know. You know your child best – decide what approaches will work for them and you. Having a rough schedule can help and this doesn’t need to be too rigid. If this doesn’t work try not to be too hard on yourself.

It’s important that you take care of your own wellbeing and mental health during the coronavirus outbreak, too.


Resources for parents and carers

Five ways to support children's mental health

From Dr Hazel Harrison, Clinical Psychologist, for BBC Bitesize

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Talking to your children about the coronavirus

Quick page of top tips for parents from the British Psychological Society.

Top tips for parents

Masked heroes

Help explain PPE to your children with this two-minute YouTube film from NHS North Cumbria.

Masked heroes film

Parenting help from YoungMinds

A range of information and advice to support the whole family’s wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak.


Family Toolbox

Downloadable booklet full of creative therapeutic ideas for families in isolation.

Family toolbox

Government guidance on wellbeing

Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak. Includes translation into multiple languages.

Government guidance

Autism, a parents' guide

Podcast (33 mins) with Dr. Ann Ozsivadjian and Dr. Marianna Murin.

Podcast on autism

Children's Guide to coronavirus

Something to look at together with your child to understand the coronavirus outbreak – includes ‘worry buster’ and some suggested activities.

Children's guide

What is the coronavirus?

Colourful story booklet with explanations for children, by The Autism Editor.

Children's storybook

What to do in a lockdown

Top tips for parents on surviving lockdown particularly useful for children with special educational needs.

PDF for parents

Do you have children with ADHD?

Advice and support for parents supporting children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder when schools are closed, from Leeds Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.


Daisy Chain

Resources for families of those affected by neurodevelopmental disorders –  those who display traits associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), sensory processing differences, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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