Explaining coronavirus to children and young people

Give children and young people the time and space to talk about the outbreak. Share the facts with them in a way that suits their age and temperament, without causing alarm.

Use this comic strip to explain the coronavirus to young children
Child Friendly Explanation of Coronavirus (PDF)

Children with autism and intellectual disabilities

Use these stories to help children with autism understand coronavirus – from the autism charity, As I Am.

Use this comic strip to explain coronavirus to children with autism (PDF, 1 MB, 12 pages)

Children in care

Children in care may not be able to see family members as regularly as before. They may find this difficult.

These stories may help you to explain the current situation to them and that things will improve.

Coronavirus Social Story for Younger Children (PDF, 420 KB, 2 pages)

Coronavirus Social Story for Older Children (PDF, 571 KB, 3 pages)

Bringing your child to a test centre

You may need to drive your child to a test centre. They may find going to a test centre a strange experience. They will see people in protective clothing. They may find this frightening.

Explain to them what will happen before they go. You can read about what to expect at a test centre.

These visual guides may also help children who need to be tested:

Getting ready to go to the Test Centre (Comic) (PDF, 5.35MB, 3 pages)

Getting ready to go to the Test Drive-in Centre (Comic) (PDF, 4.30 MB, 3 pages)

Autism Social Story for Testing (PDF 837 KB)

Talking to children and young people about Covid 19.

WHO posters …..Parenting Tips during Covid 19