Supporting YP during COVID-19

Stay in Touch with the latest coronavirus news, updates and support from Cornwall Council 


There is a lot of information and advice coming out about supporting C&YPs emotional wellbeing during uncertain times, school closures and the lockdown

Information and ideas for young people can be found on the Start Now website (created by young people for young people) 

There are videos for schools / young people on our Start Now YouTube channel

If you know of anything you think we could include contact us 




Supporting emotional wellbeing for the school community


Help for Young People

Young People Cornwall - including online chat for young people 09.00am to 09.00pm 7 days a week. 

Kooth  - counselling and support for YP in Cornwall 

 (click on image to download the poster)

 Kooth offer poster

Operation Encompass - Important update from Operation Encompass including details of a telephone helpline for school staff  

Supporting LGBTQ+ young people

The Intercom Trust are working differently to support LGBTQ+ YP during the lockdown...

YAY graphic

National Sites with good resources 

YouCan online wellbeing training from Creative Education (Pooky Kmightsmith)

Latest course added:  Support a Safe & Successful Return to School using the SWAN framework   

Anna Freud - have some very good coronavirus info / resources for schools / parents and carers and young people on their website

Anna Freud  - This is a brilliant A-Z of self care ideas for YP

The Mentally Healthy Schools website has some very good coronavirus  EHWB resource toolkits to download (which they are adding to weekly) 

Mentally Healthy Schools  Wellbeing toolkit #2 (you can now sign up for weekly toolkits)

The Children's Commissioner has produced an excellent guide to Coronavirus for YP 

Young Minds lots of advice / support for all.     

Young Minds - You may have seen press coverage about the Young Minds Survey of YP re the impact of coronavirus. Read the full report (which has some encouraging messages and highlights what support children and YP would like in these challenging times) 


Local support / organisations 

 Early Help Hub find out more about the Early Help Hub in their leaflet (PDF)

EHH Graphic

Penhaligon's Friends  are available to provide support for bereaved children and their families 

Penhaligon's Friends download their guides about helping young people manage their emotions and Supporting C&YP through bereavement 

Cornwall Bereavement Network support during Coronavirus (pdf) 

Cornwall Bereavement Network

Wave Project -  Their website has activity packs for families (being updated every week) and a helpful wellbeing guide

BF Adventures -are continuing to offer their Holiday Activity Days as normal during the pandemic and offering additional days to support local families / key workers 


Useful Information / links for school staff 

TIS-UK - COVID-19 briefing paper ideas during school closures 

TIS UK are also offering FREE CPD sessions on-line to practitioners. Contact them for more information about how to sign up  

Cornwall Educational Psychology Team - have created the EP Resilience Pack - A fabulous resource of great ideas for YP. 


Useful links / documents

The CAMHS Network Lots of excellent materials for supporting YP and emotional wellbeing from The CAMHS Network 

Resilience through the Pandemic is a guide by Dr Kate Castle This document aims to provide evidence-based, self-help information and tips for getting through the coronavirus pandemic, based on psychology, neuroscience, resilience research and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) - more for adults but some strategies could be adapted for use with YP you may be supporting. 

I Heart CBT  is a brilliant Twitter feed (@IHeartCBT) from a CYP Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner creating and sharing free CBT resources for young people, families and professionals. Really fab resources to download. And they've just launched a website

gov.ukLatest guidance from government on emotional health and wellbeing of C&YP during the pandemic


Home education

A pretty definitive guide on the GOV.UK website to Home Ed resources 

Home-ed info and resources / ideas for schools and parents