COVID-19 – resources for parents and carers

COVID-19 syndrome

Most children and teenagers do not become seriously ill with COVID-19. But doctors have seen a very small number of patients with an unusual condition which seems to be linked to the virus.

Paediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome temporally associated with COVID-19 (called PIMS-TS or PIMS for short) is very rare, and most children will not be seriously affected.

We’ve looked at the current evidence and worked with doctors to write a guide for parents, carers, teachers and others who look after children and young people. 

See guide on PIMS

Talking to children and young people about COVID-19

Guidance from Children’s Commissioners

Children’s Commissioners across the UK have created guidance especially for children and young people:

Stay at home activities

Tips for parents

Books, posters and colouring in to download


  • Dr Ranj (paediatrician and TV doctor) has a one-off podcast where he answers children’s questions on coronavirus. 

Online resources

Medicines advice

Visiting hospital

Staying safe advice from UK Governments


Condition and situation specific resources for families and children


Autism and ADHD



Crohn’s and colitis


Disability and complex health needs


Food Banks

Mental health and wellbeing

Overseas visitors

Newborn babies

Pregnancy and breastfeeding 




Social care

Young carers

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Other advice for parents and families

Advice if you are struggling because of coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you are struggling because of COVID –19 you can find helpful information on the UK Government website. This includes if you are feeling unsafe, worried about going into work, paying the bills, getting food or having somewhere to live or are concerned about your or someone else’s mental health.  

Keeping children safe from accidents at home

Coping with a crying baby

Safeguarding children


Education and exams

Explaining bereavement to children

Face coverings for children


  • Changes from your usual routine can affect your families’ sleep patterns. Here are some tips from a clinical psychologist in the Evelina London sleep team, about how to help maintain sleep quality.

Financial advice and support

  • Citizens Advice has a range of information, including: help you may be access, paying bills, work arrangements and children’s education during COVID-19.
  • Turn 2 Us has guidance for accessing benefits during the coronavirus outbreak.



For everyone 

  • NSPCC provide a Helpline that is staffed by trained professionals who can provide expert advice and support if you’re concerned about a child, if you’re a parent or carer looking for advice or if you’re a professional in need of information and guidance.
  • Shout provides free, confidential support, 24/7 via text for anyone in crisis. You can text SHOUT to 85258 in the UK to text with a trained Crisis Volunteer 
  • The Samaritans have a free helpline that is available 24/7 for anyone who is having a difficult time or is worried about someone else. You can call 116 123 or email
  • Helplines for Young People
  • NSPCC Helpline

For children and young people

  • ChildLine provides a helpline for any child who is worried or needs help. You can call 0800 1111 any time for free or have an online chat with a counsellor.
  • The Mix provides a free confidential helpline, crisis text line and online service for under 25s that aims to find young people the best help, whatever the problem.   

For parents and carers

  • Young Minds has a Parents’ and Carers’ Helpline if you are worried about a child or young person’s behaviour or mental health. 
  • Contact run a free helpline for parents and carers in the UK with a disabled child aged from birth to 25 who want to talk through their issues with an expert adviser.


Surveys and research

The University of Plymouth has launched a nationwide survey to find out how the COViD-19 Stay Home advice has influenced how parents seek help for a sick or injured child. You can take part in the survey or find out more here.

Details of surveys and research looking at children and young people’s experience of COVID-19 can be found here