Fighting OCD during Covid-19

These short guides offer advice and support for keeping well, and for people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Credit: South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust​

Hedgehog and Tortoise want to give each other a great big hug, but they're not allowed to touch.This story "While We Can't Hug" can help children understand the limited physical contact with family and friends

Credit: Faber and Faber

Following a global survey (completed in Arabic, English, Italian, French and Spanish) to assess children’s mental health and psychosocial needs during the COVID-19 outbreak, this book was created. It's a wonderful, inspiring and uplifing book for children about the outbreak
Credit: Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings

This pandemic can be an opportunity for Children, Young People and Adolescents to create a memory of everything that was going on. This time capsule can help to document this challenging time.

Credit: Long Creations

This information sheet from provides comprehensive guidance about how to support young people who are worried about Coronavirus

Credit: Emerging Minds

Psychological impact for LGBT+
Coronavirus Time Capsule

Coronavirus Covid-19 Update

Latest Information (08/09/20)

CAYP Psychology is keeping up to date with any new developments regarding Coronavirus and updates will be provided here.

On 24 March 2020, CAYP Psychology took the decision to suspend all face-to-face appointments. All our appointments were via Zoom video conferencing. When the government announced that the lockdown would be gradually eased on 10 May 2020, they introduced the 'Stay Alert' message, and we considered re-starting face-to-face appointments. As it stands, the majority of our appointments take place via video conferencing, but we are offering face-to-face appointments at our clinic in Whitefield (North Manchester), and in Sale, subject to availability. We ask that you do not attend our clinic if anyone in your family home is displaying symptoms of Coronavirus (having been tested or not), or has been instructed to stay at home following contact with the Test and Trace service. You are welcome to wear a mask or use gloves if you feel more comfortable.

If you wish for your appointment to take place via video conferencing, all you need is a mobile, tablet or desktop device, and your psychologist will send you a link and password shortly before your appointment.

For the most up to date guidance, please visit the government's website:

If you need to cancel your appointment due to the Coronavirus, cancellation fees do not apply and your appointment can be re-booked.

If you have any questions, please do be in touch with us:

Coping during the pandemic - Course for children 13-18
It's OK to worry about Coronavirus - Children under 12

The death of a loved one is one of the most difficult emotional experiences that we have in life. It can be even more challenging during these uncertain times. This guide on bereavement provides thoughtful support and advice during what can seem like an overwhelming time.

Credit: British Psychological Society

Parenting young babies whilst self-isolating

In this brief animation, Dr Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap, illustrates how to use a therapeutic approach called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy(ACT) to help manage the fear, anxiety and worry around Coronavirus.

Credit: Dr Russ Harris​

This is guidance for families who have been shielding, or who have children who have been shielding. There are many psychological factors to consider, and this document summaries the most important factors clearly. 

Credit: British Psychological Society

Coronavirus: A Book for Children
It's OK to worry about Coronavirus - Teenagers
Social media during isolation

Coronavirus is impacting everyone’s lives, including people with autism and their families. This website offers a wealth of resources and support for families living with autism.

Credit: The National Autistic Society

Guidance for Parents

Talking to children about illness

A valuable discussion about some of the ways social distancing measures may specifically affect gender, sexuality and relationship diverse populations. There are links to additional support..

Credit: British Psychological Society

The Recovery College has developed an informative course for adults as a way of learning about the global pandemic. 

Credit: Online Recovery College

National Autistic Society Resouces
Coping during the pandemic - Course for children 7-12
Supporting Children and Young People with Worries about Covid-19
Supporting yourself and others through death and grief
Advice for Keyworker parents

This is a detailed guide about  understanding and making sense of worry in the context of Coronavirus.

Credit: Psychology Tools

These helpful resource packs were designed to help young people understand their anxiety and worry around Coronavirus

Credit: NHS Grampian CAMHS Early Intervention Team

My name is Coronavirus

Guidance for Parents who are Keyworkers

The Recovery College has developed an informative course for children (Aged 7-12 and 13-18) as a way of learning about the global pandemic. 

Credit: Online Recovery College

Dave the dog is worried about Coronavirus

This helpful resource pack offers parents some guidance to help young people understand their anxiety and worry around Coronavirus

Credit: NHS Grampian CAMHS Early Intervention Team

Parenting involves many skills, and these have been put to the test during this pandemic. UNICEF have produced easy-to-read and relatable guidance and advice for parents of children, covering multiple topics including: One on one time, managing bad behaviour, online safety, overcoming stress and budgeting.   ​
Credit: UNICEF 

Advice for Families who have been Shielding

With lots of uncertainty and change, it can be a really scary time for children. Here's a book for children about Coronavirus that aims to give information without fear.

Credit: Nurse Dotty Books

Covid-19 Parenting

Axel Scheffler (illustrator of The Gruffalo) has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children about the Coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. 

Credit: Nosy Crow

Living with worry and anxiety amidst global uncertainty

Returning to School

A guide for parents regarding absence

The United Nations have produced informative and helpful guidance on how the role of the parent can be challenged and managed during this Coronavirus outbreak.

Credit: The United Nations Office on Drug and Crime

Information on Parenting
Keeping well during Covid-19
Coping during the pandemic - Course for adults

Talking about illness is a complex topic and it can be hard to use the right language for children. This guidance offers age-appropriate tools for talking about illness. 

Credit: British Psychological Society

A really friendly worksheet to help parents explain the virus to young children in a way that can help reduce fear and worry

Credit: Mind Heart

While we can't hug

Coronavirus Psychological Resources for Children, Adolescents and Young People

My Hero is You: How Kids can Fight Covid-19
Covid-19 resource pack for parents

Guidance for Parents of children in Shielding Families

Talking to children about Coronavirus​​​

When your parent is a keyworker
Back to School: Psychological Perspectives

This is specific for Greater Manchester but outlines all the different circumstances and scenarios that children may face regarding absence from school.

Credit: Greater Manchester Authority

A short document with suggestions of how to talk to children about Coronavirus.

Credit: British Psychological Society

Stay At Home Superheroes Video

This is a lovely, empowering and visual story, developed to help children all over the world to understand the pandemic and the important role they can play. 

CreditSophie Marsh

Coronavirus: Facts For Kids

This is a detailed guide about how parents who are keyworkers can support their children and families during Coronavirus.

Credit: British Psychological Society

This is a detailed guide about how parents who are keyworkers can inform their children about why their parents or carers may not be staying at home, or why they may be going to school.

Credit: British Psychological Society

Talking to children about Coronavirus

This guidance has been published in collaboration with many psychologist professionals, local authorities, organisations and schools. Its purpose is to help families and schools consider the psychological needs of children returning to school. 

Credit: British Psychological Society

A thoughtful article that considers the best way to support new mums and families who are self-isolating with newborn and young babies.

Credit: British Psychological Society

This video, as used on the official government website, presents an engaging and stimulating fact sheet for children about Coronavirus.

Credit: Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust

Whilst social media is a part of our everyday lives, we should be mindful about the best ways to use it. This article provides some helpful suggestions.

Credit: British Psychological Society