Supporting children and young people

Xavier Education Trust has developed an online resource to support children and Young People in 2021; 

This webinar is for parents of children and young people to provide evidence based strategies for supporting their mental health and well-being during lockdown. The webinar covers how lockdown may impact mental health, signs and symptoms to look out for, how to support well-being and mental health, and some guidance on screen time and it's impact on well-being.    

To address wellbeing in the current climate, SAfE in collaboration with the SCC PSHE and Well Being team suggest that you look at the work undertaken by the SCC Education Psychology Teams.

Supporting Surrey Schools - Return and Recover: Mental Health & Wellbeing of Children and Young People

'Over the coming weeks and months pupils, parents, staff, and the wider community, will continue to experience unprecedented times. School processes and activities may be subject to a variety of modifications, and change will be central to ensuring that protocols are ‘fit for purpose’. A focus upon wellbeing will help to support health along with peoples’ ability to cope with uncertainty.'

Follow the link here to access Surrey Borders and SCC information and signposting to Mental health and wellbeing services for Surrey pupils:   Mental wellbeing - Healthy Surrey


Covid Resource Pack  - Susan Harris - Principal Educational Psychologist and Autism Strategy Lead.

The document includes Telephone helpline; Managing Home Learning: Tips for Primary School children; Managing Home Learning: Tips for Parents of Young People in Secondary School; Wellbeing Activities; Worry and anxiety: Dealing with anxious feelings during the Covid-19 pandemic; Advice for foster carers, kinship carers and adopters; Internet safety; Support and resources in the event of a bereavement; COVID-19: Dealing with bereavement and loss; Coping with Loss of Normalcy and Cancellation of events; Coping with school changes related to Covid-19; Signposting to Further Support              

Further sources of support for children and young people, are available from the websites below:

Advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

How to look after your mental health and emotional wellbeing during the Covid-19 outbreak - Herts

Place2Be offers a variety of different mental health and counselling services to meet schools’ needs, including in-school support, expert training and resources.

We are keen to share tools and resources as best we can, to support children’s wellbeing and education over this period of uncertainty. With this in mind, we have produced a range of advice and free resources for schools, as well as resources for parents/carers in your school.

We are keen to signpost schools and settings to resources that start valuable conversations with pupils and students. These resources also provide tested tools to maintain wellbeing at what can be an anxious time for children and young people.

The resource documents also include resources which support pupils and students to continue learning at home’.

Coronavirus and UK schools closures: Support and advice for schools and parents/carers Division of Educational and Child Psychology (DECP) British Psychological Society (BPS)

This advice was produced in response to the UK Government’s announcement of school closures as part of the response to Coronavirus. As the situation continues to develop, guidance may be updated as further details emerge.

If you are worried that a child may be struggling with their mental health or has anxiety about coronavirus (COVID-19), there is advice on this site of how to support the child

Supporting young people’s mental health during periods of disruption

Explaining Coronavirus to children

Released this week (Monday April 6) - a free information book explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler

Autism Outreach

Freemantles has produced ‘A guide for supporting children with ASD at home.’

In addition they have a webpage set up to collate and share resources. 

Resources for Online Safety

Keeping children safe online is a key challenge as we adapt to home learning. There are a number of organisations that have compiled resources and guidance to help support safeguarding and safe remote learning which we have compiled below. 

LGfL - guidance and tools to support safeguarding and online safety.

National Online Safety - basic membership to this service is free. 

UK Safer Internet Centre – guidance on safe remote learning.

London Grid for Learning : guidance on the use of videos and livestreaming.

Internet matters - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online.

London Grid for Learning - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online.

Net-aware - for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC.

Parent info - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online.

Thinkuknow - for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online.

UK Safer Internet Centre - advice for parents and carers.

Resources for supporting physical health

Active Surrey are compiling resources to help support physical health during home working, incuding a list of daily workout broadcasts.

Box of Delight - learning and wellbeing in a box

Local charity Delight (who already work extensively with Surrey primary schools that serve high need communities) have created an invaluable resource for vulnerable children during school closure, who may lack the resources and/or support to learn or take part in stimulating activities at home.  From the moment the Box of Delight arrives on a child’s doorstep the adventure begins. Each element of the project is designed to have a ‘wow’ factor, as children work step-by-step through 4 Rainforest-themed art activities. All activities are designed to be child-led, with clear written and pictorial instructions and enough materials for a child to repeat activities, or to share the project with siblings or parents/carers. Short child-friendly ‘how to’ films for children with online access offer additional support, together with access to a virtual gallery to share their artwork. 

Box of Delight can be used to support home learning of all children in Key Stage 2 with the confidence that it has been designed to meet the needs of your most vulnerable children.

This is your Box of Delight. Just for you from your teachers.

"When I picture my most vulnerable children opening their ‘Box of Delight’ and finding that it is packed full of all the activities in which we know they find such solace and comfort, my heart rests easy for the first time since this crisis separated them from school. They deserve the delight this gift will bring. Something truly special, which will help them know that though we are apart they are not forgotten." - Head Teacher

Box of Delight costs £20 per child

Please register your school's interest by completing the expression of interest survey and Delight will be in touch 

Bereavement Support

Coping with the death of someone special is hard for anyone, but for children and young people, the impact can be profound. Children and young people grieve just as much as adults but they show it in different ways. They learn how to grieve by copying the responses of the adults around them, and they rely on adults to provide them with the support they need in their grief.

Below are some suggested sources of support should you or parents or carers need to work with children to cope with bereavement:

Supporting bereaved children and young people

The information could help to support a child who has lost a loved one or if a loved one is dying.

These pages are for personnel working in schools and colleges, particularly headteachers, pastoral staff, tutors and other members of senior management team, and contain extensive information on children, young people and bereavement.

Especially for EYFS children.


We are working alongside colleagues from the South East team of the Jigsaw charity who have developed a new helpline to support children, young people and their families during and after the Covid 19 crisis. Please take a look at their poster which provides further information.  

JIGSAW COVID-19 CRISIS BEREAVEMENT HELPLINE - 01342 313895 - 9am - 12 noon, Monday - Friday, Calls out of these hours are monitored

Supporting pupils bereaved by COVID from Schools Alliance for Excellence on Vimeo.

On April 29th SAfE hosted a webinar on Bereavement during COVID-19, with speakers Chloe Gibson, Surrey Education Psychology Team, and Jennie Hattan, Jigsaw SE.

This webinar aimed to provide advice and guidance for schools in how to support pupils at a distance and also strategies for working with all pupils when schools return. It also addressed external support that is available through Surrey’s Education Psychology Team and from specialist external organisations and charities such as Jigsaw.

Surrey Education Psychology has put together a resource pack which includes some pages on loss and bereavement which they hope families will find helpful in navigating their way through this difficult time.  The pack will be regularly updated and can be found at

A copy of the slides from the webinar and further links provided by Jennie Hattan can be found below.



Further Links and References



Child Bereavement Network (2019) Growing in Grief Awareness Toolkit


Child Bereavement Network (2020) accessed on 24/4/2020


Parsons, S (2011) Long-term Impact of Childhood Bereavement: Preliminary Analysis of the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70). London:Child Well-being Research Centre.


Winston’s Wish (2019) Consequences of childhood bereavement in the context of the British school system. accessed on 24/4/2020


Child Bereavement Network (2017) What does good support look like?


Child Bereavement Network postcards for communication:


Child Bereavement Network (2020) Keeping in touch when you cannot be with someone who is so ill they may die


Also referenced in this webinar was the following book: Lifetimes: The Beautiful Way to Explain Death to Children, by Bryan Mellonie(Author), Robert Ingpen (Illustrator)


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