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Risks and protective factors


The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has brought many new and unexpected challenges to children’s mental health and wellbeing.

In the current climate, it is more important than ever that we support children’s mental health. That’s why we’ve created free resources and toolkits for school staff, parents and carers.

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Back to school: Barnardo's See, Hear, Respond Hub

A collection of useful resources for families to help them support their children as they return to school.

Supporting staff wellbeing during the return to school

To help and support others, we need to start with ourselves. This document includes ideas, links to resources and activities to support staff wellbeing.

Separation anxiety: tools for teachers

Following lockdown, some children may have increased anxiety about returning to school, particularly separation anxiety at leaving their parents and carers.

Reframing thoughts activity for school staff

This simple template can be used by anyone to identify unhelpful or negative thoughts, and try to reframe them in order to reduce their feelings of distress or anxiety.

Helping children reframe negative thoughts

This simple activity will show children how to reframe their thinking around a negative situation, and look for positive ways to view the situation.

Supporting children with anxiety: tools for parents

The coronavirus lockdown has meant that children have spent a significantly increased amount of time with their families. Some may be feeling anxious about returning to school each day.