We’ve got guidance on how to talk to children about coronavirus
How Save the Children are responding
Save the Children has 100 years of experience helping children in times of crisis. We’re able to act straight away, and with your support, we can make sure they have everything they need.
Through the coronavirus pandemic, we’re supporting children and families across the UK, while getting ready to respond around the world if things get worse. We’re working in over 100 countries across the world, where we’re already helping children who have been hit by this.
To make sure we’re giving families what they need, we’re listening to them every step of the way. And we’re lobbying governments across the UK and working with other charities to make the biggest difference for children.
Throughout this challenging time, we’re focussing on what’s most important: children. Keeping them safe and healthy, and importantly, making sure they can keep learning, no matter what.
In the UK
A lot of our work in the UK normally happens in schools. So now schools are closed, we’ve made a brand-new hub for families called The Den. It’s full of stuff to help children get creative and fire up their imagination while they’re at home.
It’s been made hand in hand with our early learning experts, who have used their knowledge of what works for children at different ages and stages. Everything on there is designed to give children experiences that help make life feel normal, so they can keep learning.
We know children might be feeling worried or confused about not seeing their friends or why they’re not going to school or nursery. That’s why, alongside all the fun stuff, parents can find important tips on how to talk with their children and build resilience to everything they’re going through.
Around the world
We’re helping children around the world to get through this, too. We’re doing everything we can to make sure children stay safe, healthy and keep learning.
Firstly, we’re making sure they’re safe. Many countries we work in already have fragile health systems. If coronavirus hits them hard, vulnerable communities in refugee camps, conflict zones, and urban slums will struggle to cope. That’s why we’re helping to prevent infection before it starts. Our teams are already working tirelessly to protect children, particularly those in areas where it’s virtually impossible to practice social distancing and safe hand-washing. And we’re supporting parents to protect themselves and their children, both physically and mentally.
Secondly, we’re making sure children are healthy in places where confirmed cases are already high. We’re providing protective equipment, medical supplies and training for local health workers. We’re working with local health authorities to set up hospitals to treat and isolate patients with coronavirus.
Thirdly, and crucially, we’re making sure children can keep learning – their best chance at a better future once this is over. We’re helping children to learn remotely and giving guidance to parents on how to support their children’s learning. We’re getting books and educational resources to the poorest families, and we’ll support children to return to school when it’s safe.
We’re also strengthening safety nets for families in need. Providing essential items like food and soap; and giving cash grants to struggling families to buy crucial supplies for their children.
All this doesn’t mean our other life-saving work is on hold: we’ll keep looking after children to prevent killer diseases like pneumonia, diarrhoea and malnutrition.
LATEST CORONAVIRUS BLOGS
Read our latest blogs about coronavirus, it’s impact here in the UK, in refugee camps, and increased risks for those in poverty. You can also read about how we’ve helped children make it through times of crisis and pandemics in the past.
LATEST PRESS RELEASES
Our media team are at the forefront of the latest developments in the coronavirus pandemic in the UK and globally, and how these changes are impacting children. Get the latest news including how global policy is affecting the spread of the virus.
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