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Well-Being and Support

The well-being and safety of our children at St Joseph's is always our priority. Staff are available for immediate issues your family may be facing at this time, and can provide direct support over the phone or email.

To help maintain your child's and family's emotional well-being at this time, we will continually update this page with resources, activities and letters of support for you to use together, as a family.

We have also compiled a page updated with resources to help you explain to your child what is happening in the world at the moment. These age-appropriate resources will give you the tools to help your child understand the current climate, without fear or overwhelming them. Please use the 'Understanding Covid-19' page to read more.

Anxiety in Children

Your child may be exhibiting behaviours that are unusual for them, some of which may be a sign of anxiety. 

Talking to Children about their Worries:

  1. If your child /young person is showing signs of anxiety encourage then to open up and talk about it or communicate in whatever means is most comfortable for them.
  2. Listen to their words and let them know you have heard them and take their concerns seriously. You might calmly reflect back to them the essence of what they have said to you, eg “you feel frightened”.
  3. Provide children with facts. You can tell them that this is a new virus and the Government, scientists and doctors are doing everything they can to help. Be honest.
  4. It may be helpful to help children identify the things they can control and things they cannot control (see image below).
  5. Be a calm role model

Parenting During Coronavirus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has developed a series of posters to help parents on a range of topics including support around providing structure, ‘bad’ behaviour, managing stress and managing anger.  The complete set can be found on the WHO website at:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/healthy-parenting

Helplines and Resources

There are helplines and websites available to help with the complex range of issues that can arise during periods of stress and uncertainty. These can help both adults and children.