A guide for children and young people
At the UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) we know that being able to find information about Coronavirus is really important for children and young people.
We’ve worked with our Youth Advisory Board to create this page to make it easy for children and young people in the UK to find what they need.
Events are changing fast. We will try and keep this page updated as often as we can, with new resources and new opportunities.
What is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus is a virus that causes a disease called Covid-19. It affects people’s breathing and lungs. It can be spread from person to person by coughing or by touching surfaces or areas of skin that have been contaminated by the virus. You can find more information here.
One of the ways you can protect yourself and others is washing your hands properly. Check out Leena’s tips for handwashing.
It’s the job of the Children’s Commissioners to understand what children and young people think about things that affect them and encouraging decision makers to always take their best interests into account.
The Children’s Commissioners across the UK have all set up Coronavirus resource hubs. You can find the information they’ve created here:
You can find the UK Government’s guidance on shielding, written for young people, here.
What can you do?
Use your voice
According to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, all children have the right to use their voices and for them to have influence in decisions that affect their lives (article 12). We’re all having to do things differently in order to stay healthy. We’re adapting and finding new ways to do things. This includes finding new ways to make sure your voice is heard during this challenging time:
- Join Voices of Youth: our global platform for young people, by young people. Young people all over the world are sharing how they’re feeling and how they’re managing during the Coronavirus pandemic.
- Download and use our Coronavirus Toolkit – for young people to spread awareness and take action
Keep in touch online
We are working hard to make sure efforts to protect us all from Coronavirus consider the impact on children and young people:
Coronavirus is affecting all us in some way
Hearing about the Coronavirus pandemic everyday can be overwhelming: if you’re feeling worried, you might find the information Young Minds have put together helpful. If you need to talk: