Supporting Children through the Coronavirus Crisis
Our Place2Be manager, Genene, has put together some resources that may help with talking to children about the crisis or provide some respite from the news. Genene will be checking in on the children who have been accessing the Place2Be service where needed.
- Here are some important Mental Health resources available to support young people.
- The child mind institute have some good information on explaining Corona virus to children and also other resources: Child Mind
- These links offer some ideas for younger children and keeping them busy during this time:
- This has some useful links at the bottom of the article too: Anxious Toddlers
- This Facebook group which is a space to share ideas for parents whilst in isolation: FaceBook Group
- Advice for parents is also to plan a structure and routine so you can stick a visual timetable on the wall and keep to it which will help you & the children regulate. Here is a planner with ideas and some routine cards for home and a timetable.
- Ideas including cooking together. drawing, board games, TV, learn dance routines, home talent show, learn a song together, old DVDs you haven’t watched for ages, home fashion show etc. will all help children to feel normal and happy.
- Here are some puzzles and games to keep you busy and some further resources
- How about trying this: 30 Day Lego Challenge
- Or trying out 30 Day Nature challenge:
Penwortham Primary School works with Place2Be, a children's mental health charity that helps pupils explore their emotions and feel better about themselves.
Children can go to the Place2Be room in school to express themselves by making art, playing or talking.
When I feel worried, it’s like I’m in a maze and the people in Place2Be are coming with a torch and showing me the way – Child
My daughter had become such a different person – one we didn’t recognise – but since counselling we see signs of our old loving daughter coming back. – Parent
Place2Be helps you feel less angry, get more confident and help you sort out your problems. – KS2 child
Why is Place2Be Useful?
Sometimes children can feel particularly sad, confused, scared or angry.
Maybe something difficult happened at home, like losing a family member or parents separating. Or perhaps they’re struggling with something at school, like bullying. This can make them behave differently, lose confidence in themselves or find it difficult to concentrate in class.
Place2Be is there to help children find ways to cope, so their worries don’t get in the way of their friendships, their learning or how they feel about themselves.
What does Place2Be do?
Place2Be’s professionals work with children one-to-one or in small groups, giving regular support for pupils who need it.
Children in KS2 can also book a short appointment to talk about any problems or worries they have – this is called Place2Talk.
How does Place2Be work with adults?
Place2Be provides support and advice for parents and carers, as well as teachers and school staff. Get in touch with the Place2Be staff member below to find out more.
Place2Be always gets agreement from parents or carers before they support a child through one-to-one counselling. They also meet with parents or carers regularly to keep them updated and make sure they are involved from the start.
Place2Be offers Parent Counselling for any parent/carer who may want some extra support. This happens on a Thursday afternoon.
Genene Grubb is our School Project Manager for Place2Be.
Genene is in school all day on a Tuesday and Wednesday and in the morning on a Thursday. You can arrange to meet her by calling 02087693949 or by emailing her at email@example.com.
If you want to find out more about Place2Be visit place2be.org.uk