People and organisations in Scotland, the UK and around the world have produced a huge number of resources to support children and young people during the pandemic. in Scotland, the UK and around the world.
It’s a difficult time for people of all ages, but one children and young people may find especially difficult. The resources collected here include those that can:
- support the right to education by providing ways to help children and young people learn at home,
- support the right to the best physical and mental health possible by providing information about coronavirus and worries around the pandemic,
- help parents and carers teach children about human rights at home.
Resources for children
Childline has people you can talk to at any time of day about any worries that you have. They’ll listen to you about what you have to say.
CBBC Newsround has lots of videos and advice for you if you’re worried about coronavirus. It’s also updating its page of advice for you if you’re worried by events in the news.
Our Learning at Home with the Commissioner videos provide activities to help you learn about your human rights while at home.
Children at Children’s Parliament have helped create the Adventures at home newspaper, full of top tips about how to make your human rights real during lockdown.
The illustrator of the Gruffalo Axel Scheffler has drawn pictures for a free online book designed to explain coronavirus to children.
The World Health Organisation has produced a book for children designed to help them cope with the coronavirus pandemic.
The Charity Living Streets has a guide to how children can explore the outdoors safely while social distancing.
Resources for young people
Young Scot’s Coronavirus website is a brilliant and regularly updated resource that can support young people and help young people support others.
Our home-schooled young adviser Kaydence has given us her top tips for free resources for learning at home, and Reach have tips from teachers about how to cope when schools are closed.
The Independent Advisory Group on Police Scotland’s emergency coronavirus powers are looking for people’s views and experiences, and it’s important that young people’s voices are heard.
The Mental Health charity Mind have detailed advice on supporting your mental health if you end up having to self-isolate.
British-Sign.co.uk have made their online BSL course free of charge for everyone under 18.
Resources for parents and carers
Parenting across Scotland’s resources for families have a huge amount of information and activities to help parents and carers support their children.
Our Learning at Home with the Commissioner videos provide activities to help children learn about their human rights while at home.
Save the Children and UNICEF UK both have advice about how to speak to your children about the Coronavirus, and Talking Mats have produced an Easy Read guide that can explain social distancing to younger children.
COVIBOOK is a short book designed to support and reassure children under 7 about the virus.
Our UNCRC resources can help children and young people understand their human rights and help you feel able to explain them.
Our list of recommended reading for younger human rights defenders provides suggestions of books about human rights you might like to read with your children. If your local library is closed, it may still be possible to get these books from them as ebooks.
CRIN’s Stuck-at-Home Imagination Kits are ways to keep you and your child thinking creatively about how adults and children live in the world while you’re stuck indoors together, designed to help prevent boredom and frustration.
Resources for care experienced children and young people and those who work with them
The CELCIS Knowledge Bank on coronavirus is a source of guidance, information and resources that can be used to support care experienced children and young people during the pandemic.