Supporting Emotional Well-being
If you would like some tips on how to talk to your child about the current situation between Russia and the Ukraine, you may find this website useful:
There are some ideas for what your child can do to help themselves at this website.
Unicef have put together information to enable parents to talk to their child/children about mental health. Click here for help starting these difficult conversations.
Please click here to find out about the ELSA support available at Redlands.
"How can I help support my child's mental health?" Click here to find out.
Barnado's have created a central hub to access information about supporting your child through the Coronavirus pandemic. Click here to find out more.
Please click here for the latest Hampshire School Nursing Bulletin for primary school aged children.
The School Nursing Team have provided a Family Well-being Pack which can be accessed here and includes many useful numbers and information on who can help.
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Educational Psychology
Advice from HIEPS on talking to children about coronavirus:
In the light of the current and developing situation and media coverage, it is likely that some children may be concerned and anxious. This is reasonable, as it is probable that they have never experienced something like this before and do not have the experience to know what may happen. Parents/carers and adults who work with children can play an important role in maintaining a secure and familiar environment for them where they can share their questions and worries.
Some aspects to consider
- Maintain normal routines as far as is possible. Routines and familiar experiences are very reassuring.
- Be aware that some children may be more irritable, emotionally volatile or distracted than would usually be the case- and be prepared to allow them to talk and ask questions.
- Be aware that worries and concerns can show themselves in lots of different ways: for example, through play, through relationships with others etc.
- Provide opportunities for them to share their thoughts and to support each other
Talking to children and young people
- Make the conversation appropriate to the age and development of the child.
- Choose a good time for a discussion with the child when they are happy to talk and when you are not having to immediately rush onto other things.
- Ask them to share what they know already.
- If they share worries or fears- show them that you understand how they are feeling. Don’t try to dismiss or minimise their fears.
- Keep to the facts and keep the conversation positive. Tell them that doctors and scientists are working on the treatments, and talk about what they can do to have some control, for example good handwashing etc.
- Don’t be afraid of saying you don’t know if there is a questions that you don’t know the answer to.
- Make it clear that they can talk further with you- check in with them after a while to see how things are going.
- Try to end the conversation with a comment, topic or activity that is calming and reassuring.