What children are saying to Childline about coronavirus

Publication date 2020

Our briefing provides an overview of the main concerns that children and young people have been talking to Childline counsellors about during the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). Gaining an insight into these worries can help adults think about what support needs to be put in place for young people at this time.

Between 21 January 2020 and 8 April 2020, Childline delivered 2,209 counselling sessions to children and young people who expressed concerns about coronavirus. Issues discussed included:

  • mental health
  • family relationships
  • schoolwork
  • bullying.

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“I am scared about the Coronavirus. I get really anxious that my family and I might catch it as a lot of people have died from it already."

(Boy, 12)
“There is so much news on social media about the coronavirus; the bullies are saying I am to blame for everything that has happened."

(Girl, 17)

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