How are you doing?
Our national wellbeing survey tracked children’s experience of the pandemic since April 2020. This final report compares results from the period of April/May/June to new results from a fourth survey conducted in September/early October 2020.
Thank you to our colleagues in Public Health Scotland for support.
Information for practitioners
Are you a practitioner or policy maker? We have created a downloadable PDF, which outlines how you can use what children are telling us about their experience of Coronavirus and lockdown.
Corona Times: Children’s Journal
Created with our Members of Children’s Parliament, the Corona Times Journal helped adults to understand the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on children’s lives. Read more from our MCP journalists by following the links below.
These are the stories of 15 families, told to Children’s Parliament to record and reflect on how families with children under the age of 8 experienced the pandemic. Find the stories on our 15Stories.scot site.
Information for families/under 8s
Children under 8 may have questions or worries about Coronavirus. These free online books can help explain the virus and the changes made to keep us all healthy and safe.
#COVIBOOK is a short book to support and reassure our children under the age of 7. Available in 25 languages including English.
Coronavirus: a book for children by the Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler from Nosy Crow books, free to download.
Coronavirus Social Story: a social story by Little Puddins Autism Educators
Coronavirus: Information for families from Parenting Across Scotland
Help and information for children
The Coronavirus is also called COVID-19.
If you have any questions or worries you could talk to a parent or carer or trusted adult in your family.
There is a lot of information about Coronavirus/Covid-19 in the news. Find out what it is and what to do if you are worried at ChildLine https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/your-feelings/anxiety-stress-panic/worries-about-the-world/coronavirus/
You can also contact ChildLine free by ‘phone on 0800 1111 and in other ways too. Go here for more about contacting ChildLine: https://www.childline.org.uk/get-support/contacting-childline/
Information for adults
Children’s Parliament is an organisation based in Scotland. We work with children from the early years up to 14 years old. Our dream is that children grow up in a world of love, happiness and understanding. Our mission is to inspire greater awareness and understanding of the power of children’s human rights and to support implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) across Scotland.
At the moment children and families across the country are dealing with important changes about how we live our lives. At Children’s Parliament we work with children (and the adults who love, care and work with them) to make sure that children have their say on all kinds of things about life at home, at school and in the community. If you check out our website you will see the range of work we do https://www.childrensparliament.org.uk/ and how amazing the insight children provide really is.
We think it is important that we adults listen to and understand the perspective of children during the current coronavirus pandemic. We plan a regular children’s survey so that we can find out how children are doing now, and as time passes. The content of our survey is drawn from previous work we have developed and tested. We do not ask children for names or other identifiable information in the survey. Your child might welcome some help, or wish to do it on their own. We say at the end of the survey that if there is anything they want to talk about more they should talk to a parent, carer or other trusted adult. On this blog site we also provide a link to ChildLine who provide great information and support. You might want to check this out and talk about it with your child: https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/your-feelings/anxiety-stress-panic/worries-about-the-world/coronavirus/
If you have any questions about Children’s Parliament you can contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org