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ISPCC recommends programme for those supporting children through anxiety

The ISPCC is happy to recommend a new programme which has been developed by psychologist and ISPCC Childline Ambassador David Coleman and Anokha Learning and which is available now to help those supporting children to cope with anxiety. 

Supporting young people during Covid-19

While this is a time of uncertainty, social distancing and isolation gives us time at home that we otherwise may not have. While difficult, social distancing and isolation also gives families time to spend together, to really engage and communicate. 

‘Talking makes us stronger’ – we now have the time and space to not only talk, but also to listen. 

Keeping young people busy during this time is very important. This will help to ensure they are not constantly watching updates shared – which may or may not be accurate. 

Engaging activities for children during Covid-19

1.    Play board games: Board games are a fun and easy way to keep everyone distracted. 

Supporting your children around the Coronavirus

It is understandable that there is a lot of concern in relation to the COVID-19 virus. This is new to all of us.

The actions of government in relation to closing schools, creches, colleges, etc, is a positive step to contain the virus but may have caused alarm to some children.

Furthermore, the symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, breathing difficulties / shortness of breath, fever / high temperature) are similar to that of Influenza so concerns may be raised even though a person may just have a common cold.

Talking with children about murder

Childline, delivered by the ISPCC, is Ireland's national active listening service for children and young people up to the age of 18.

It can be contacted at any time, about any issue, by calling 1800 66 66 66 (24 hrs), chatting online at (10am - 4am daily) or texting to 50101 (10am - 4am daily). 


It is very difficult for any member of our society to understand why a person is murdered. 

Choosing a suitable creche or preschool

There are a few simple steps parents, guardians and carers can follow to help them choose the most suitable childcare for their child. 


When considering a creche or preschool

  • Arrange a visit - dropping in unannounced will help give you a sense of whether everything is as it should be. Mealtimes may be a good time to drop in, if possible, as you may then have an opportunity to check the standard of food which may be served to your child


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