The government has published additional mental health guidance: Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This advice is to help adults with caring responsibilities look after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people, including those with additional needs and disabilities, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Negative experiences and distressing life events, such as the current circumstances, can affect the mental health of children and their parents. Practitioners should be aware of this in supporting parents and their children, whether they are in a setting or at home.
Where practitioners are providing for children of critical workers and vulnerable children, they should ensure appropriate support is in place.