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Children, Young People and Families, Covid, Health and wellbeing, Mental health

Talking to children about illness

Tips for talking to children about illness, in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic

23 March 2020

Children are not little adults, and their understanding depends on their developmental stage.

This leaflet is designed to help parents, carers and education providers to talk about ill health in a way that is developmentally suitable for them.

The advice broken down into four distinct age categories, ranging from the youngest children to teenagers, and also discusses the developmental characteristics that define each age group.

In addition it also covers what children may do or say in reaction to illness at each age, and offers tips on how to help them process their understanding of events.

Download the advice

Download the advice in Italian