Last updated: 05 May 2020 at 2.45pm
Involving your children in your plans to manage this situation is important. Try to consider how they might be feeling.
Give children and young people the time and space to talk about the outbreak. Share the facts with them in a way that suits their age and temperament, without causing alarm.
Talk to your children about coronavirus. But try to limit their exposure to news and social media. This is especially important for older children who may be spending more time online. It may be causing anxiety. If they are online, tell them where they can get accurate and factual information.
Use this comic strip to explain what coronavirus is (PDF, 1MB, 12 pages) to young children.
Children with autism and intellectual disabilities
Use these stories to help children with autism understand coronavirus - from the autism charity, As I Am.
Children in care
Children in care may not be able to see family members as regularly as before. They may find this difficult.
These stories may help you to explain the current situation to them and that things will improve.