Foster Care Worker Resource Hub

Supporting the foster care workforce through COVID-19

Resources for foster care workers to support their wellbeing, service delivery, and safety as they continue to work with foster carers, children and young people in care, and their families through COVID-19.

On this page:
  • COVID – 19 resources
  • Funded Agency Channel
  • Working through COVID-19
  • Mental Health 
  • Financial Resources
  • Education, childcare and training
  • Legal resources
  • Housing resources
  • Getting carers online

Visit the Centre’s COVID-19 information page to learn more and get the latest advice relevant to our sector.


COVID-19 resources

Sources of information on COVID-19, including directions, frequently asked questions, and translated resources.

  • The State of Emergency in Victoria is in place until Sunday 6 December. 
  • Face masks must be worn indoors. A mask is not required outdoors if you can keep 1.5 metres distance from others. 
  • Last Step restrictions apply across Victoria. The same restrictions apply in regional Victoria and metropolitan Melbourne.

From 12.01am Monday 23 November 2020 the NSW-Victoria border will be open. 

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced the Queensland border will reopen to Victoria on Tuesday 1 December. The South Australia border will also reopen to Victoria on 1 December, subject to public health advice.

You can find more information on the border closures here.

You can request permits for New South Wales here.

You can request permits for South Australia here.

Direct information on the Federal Government’s response to COVID-19 is available here.

DHHS directions relating to COVID-19, updates on the number of cases, and further advice can be found here.

Frequently Asked Questions about the directions can be found here.

DHHS have created a Frequently Asked Questions for kinship and foster carers resource that provides answers to key questions from carers.

DHHS have released guidance for COVID-19 planning in the community services sector, providing advice and tools in preparing for service changes, including restoration of face-to-face services.

Subscribe to the Centre’s daily COVID-19 update, which includes relevant health statistics as well as sector specific information, here.

If you are managing media around COVID-19 you may wish to draw on the resources provided by DHHS here.

You can direct carers to the most up to date information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) – symptoms, travel and what to do to reduce the risk of infection here.

If supporting carers and families, translated resources on COVID-19 can be found here.

Ask Izzy is a free and anonymous services database, where you can search over 360,000 services to find housing, meals, healthcare, counselling, legal advice, addiction treatment and more. They have COVID-specific information available. 

From 11:59pm Sunday 22 November, there are changes to the rules around the wearing of face masks. 

Face masks are no longer required when you are outdoors and where it is possible to stay more than 1.5 metres away from people.  

Use of face masks remain mandatory if you are unable to stay further than 1.5 metres away from people not in your household, such as when waiting at public transport stations, outdoor markets, walkways and thoroughfares.  

Face masks remain mandatory when indoors – for example, in shopping centres or at a hospital. 

Face masks remain mandatory on public transport, including at stations and stops (trains, trams, buses, taxis and ride share services).  

Masks for Vulnerable Victorians:

On Friday 24 July, Premier announced that the Department of Health and Human Services will be distributing 2.1 million reusable face masks to vulnerable Victorians and Aboriginal Victorians. Vulnerable Victorians who will be offered reusable masks include people living in public housing and crisis accommodation, people living with a disability, individuals using family violence services and Aboriginal Victorians.

Further information including the eligibility criteria and the process for ordering masks can be found here.

Masks in schools:

  • Students under the age of 12 do not have to wear face masks. Students aged 12 and over will need to wear face masks when they are indoors and outdoors where at least 1.5 metres distance cannot be maintained.

  • However, children who are aged 12 and over who are attending primary school do not need to wear a face mask at school. The Victorian Chief Health Officer has advised that it is not practical to require some primary school students to wear face masks while others are not required to.

  • Students over 12 years old who attend a special school are not required to wear a face mask where their disability means it would not be suitable but may do so if they or their family choose to.

Additional Resources

Community Advocacy Resources

Translated Resources


Funded Agency Channel

Information on updates, response plans, and guidelines provided by the Funded Agency Channel. 

The Funded Agency Channel (FAC) is the website that supports the partnership relationship between the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education and Training and the organisations they fund. It is one of the best ways to stay up to date on policies and guidelines issued to the sector during this time.

The Cares Services and Child an Family Services Plans provide comprehensive advice for services in these sectors to support prevention, case practice and management and guidance to respond to COVID-19.

You can access the plans here.

Frequently Asked Questions about the plans have been prepared, and are available here.

Note: these plans are being updated regularly, so make sure to download the latest from the FAC website links above.

DHHS have adopted a flexible approach to monitoring agencies. The following document covers service disruption and continuity, monitoring, that no funding or service agreements will be ceased during this time, workforce retention, and record keeping. Information can be found here.

There is new practice advice regarding support for young people in Care Services to comply with stay at home directions during coronavirus COVID-19 available here.

You can subscribe to the Funded Agency Channel newsletter here. and access the latest news here.

FAC have released this guidance for choosing and using a video conferencing system for your organisation.


Working through COVID-19

Resources for workers on protective equipment, infection control, and worksafe.

  • All services must enact a COVIDSafe plan which outlines safety, prevention and response in the event that coronavirus is linked to the workplace. You can find guidance and a template here.
  • Services should notify the Department of Health and Human Services (the department) whenever a client tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) by completing a simple online form .


Can community services continue to operate under stage 4 restrictions?

Community services which are required to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of vulnerable people should continue to be provided.


Does the curfew in metropolitan Melbourne apply to work?

Yes for the general community but not if you provide community services which are required to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of vulnerable people, e.g. family violence support, child protection, AOD services, disability support services, family services, sexual assault services.


Can I travel beyond the 5km metropolitan Melbourne limit for work?

Yes, you may travel outside the 5km radius for work, including to visit or support clients.


Stage 4 Resources:


Please be advised: It is now a requirement for any person delivering community services that you wear a face mask at work. This requirement applies to workers throughout Victoria (regional and metropolitan areas).

DHHS has released guidance for COVID-19 planning in the community services sector, providing advice and tools in preparing for service changes, including restoration of face-to-face services.

DHHS has announced in their FAQ COVID-19 Targeted Action Plan for care services that all face-to-face contact with children/young people, carers, and families should be kept to a minimum.

If necessary, face-to-face must use physical distancing and hygiene practices.

If a face-to-face visit is required:

  • clients should be contacted prior to visiting to screen in relation to their health (whether they or anyone in their household has a confirmed case of COVID-19 or is unwell)
  • identify close contacts of the client (that may be in self-isolation) during the pre-visit contact call. Enquire about other household members present on arrival and validate to pre-visit check responses.
  • staff should practice good hygiene before, during and after visits and always maintain 1.5 metres between people and 1 person per 4 square metres.
  • increase the frequency of virtual contact to check in with clients who may be at greater risk if they contract COVID-19 (this applies particularly to the vulnerable or elderly), noting self-isolation has been recommended for clients over 70 years of age, over 60 years of age where they have an existing health condition, or over 50 years of age for people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent
  • ensure visits are as brief as possible to satisfy the purpose
  • monitor the risk and the wellbeing of all clients and modify the frequency of visits if the risk has been assessed as increasing
  • consider using additional monitoring processes and mechanisms (for example, telephone or skype contact)
  • provide groceries and toiletries where these are accessible to the CSO or ACCO and in situations where a client is not able to source these independently.

Monitor the health, safety and wellbeing of clients who are required to self-isolate through telephone or skype contact, or other non-face-to-face communication methods.

Please be advised: It is now a requirement for any person delivering community services that you wear a face mask at work. This requirement applies to workers throughout Victoria (regional and metropolitan areas).

Requests for PPE are being managed by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).  Priority will be given to facilities, programs and carers where there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19.  

Useful links:

DHHS is offering a free online training module to help you protect yourself and the children and young people you are caring for from infection with COVID-19. You may complete this module yourself, and encourage your foster carers and support workers to also complete it. This will ensure that accurate information around COVID-19 is being consistently shared in the sector.

Call the Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 for health information or a COVID19 symptoms assessment – this service is available 24 hours a day.

If you need interpreting services, call 131 450.

The Department of Health and Human services (DHHS) advises that, until further notice, Shared Lives and Our Carers for Our Kids training delivery to foster care applicants should be undertaken using online video conferencing as group or one on one training. The Shared Lives training package includes guidance and modifications for delivering the training in a group or one on one setting.

Fostering Connections and the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare have developed a resource on facilitating training through online platforms. We note that many agencies are already trialing this work and are grateful for the input from those agencies.

To receive a copy of this resource please email

Working remotely requires consideration by yourself and your employer of:

  • Minisimising the spread of COVID-19
  • Duty of care
  • Home office environment
  • Workstation set up
  • Keeping in touch
  • Mental and emotional wellbeing
  • Privacy and online safety

Many of us are working remotely, and the same goes for the caregivers and young people we support whether it be employment or education. To ensure that this is done as effectively as possible, please speak with your employer to access their specific policy.

In addition to this, please consider of the Centre’s Workplace Safety resources here.

DHHS has released guidance for using and choosing video conferencing apps.

Family Safety Victoria has released COVID-19 Questions and Answers for specialist services:


Mental Health

Resources for maintaining your mental health, supporting carers, and empowering children and young people.

The Staying at Home Toolkit for Foster Carers includes advice on how carers can look after their own wellbeing, and the wellbeing of children and young people in their care, including creating a routine, creating sensory breaks, meditation, mindfulness, cultivating resilience and understanding heightened behaviour.

COVID-19 has brought us into a ‘State of Emergency’ following an exceptionally taxing bushfire season. Psychological first aid is used to support people following a disaster to assist them in adjusting to the situation or finding the appropriate support they may need. The below resources also have clear examples on what it is and how to provide psychological first aid.

It may be of value for agencies to consider information on psychological first aid, or consult the World Health Organisation (WHO) factsheet on COVID-19 specific Psychological First Aid. This can be supported by using resources on psychosocial assessment resources and tools in response to disasters.

Head to Health is a hub for digital mental health resources run by the Department of Health. It has a collection of COVID-19 specific resources covering topics such as how to access mental health services, advice for parents, and how to keep older Australians safe and connected online. 


While supporting carers, children, and families, it’s incredibly important to take care of your own mental and wellbeing.

The Red Cross have recommendations on how to look after your well-being during COVID-19.

BeyondBlue has created a great guide for looking after your mental health during the outbreak.

THIS WAY UP provides online learning programs, education and research about mental health.

Along with their wide range of online courses, they are offering COVID-19 specific workbooks with practical tips and strategies that can support your emotional well-being during this time.

SANE and Beyond Blue also host forums for people seeking support.

Workplaces may also benefit from considering how they can provide leadership in psychological safety during this time.

FutureLearn, offers courses that will help you manage your mental health and support others who are struggling during lockdown.

They’ve developed the ‘Support Your Mental Health In Lockdown’ collection.

Carers can access additional information on caring through COVID-19 by visiting the Foster Care Association of Victoria (FCAV). Carers with FCAV membership have access to their Carer Information and Support Service which provides carers with an independent referral and assistance point.

If you would like to support a caregiver to access telehealth medical or counselling appointments, they may do so by contacting their GP. You can find resources on the National Health Plan here, and specifically about the elements on supporting mental health here.

Your carers may benefit from information on telehealth during COVID-19, and you can also access factsheets for specific providers.

Carers should ask their service providers about their telehealth options, and whether these are appropriate for their clinical care needs. 

Medicare has introduced new temporary telehealth mental health services until 30 September 2020. This means people eligible for a range of Medicare mental health services can now receive those services via videoconferencing or telephone.
If a carer is looking for a psychologist, , the Australian Psychological Society’s website, Find A Psychologist, provides details about how to access psychologists across Australia.

Some of the most important things carers can be doing to maintain good mental health during this time include:

  • Establish and stick to a routine with their household that includes chores, learning, outdoor activities, time away from screens, and meals together.
  • Staying active (while maintaining physical distance from others while exercising)
  • Checking-in with loved ones. While it’s not the same as seeing them face-to-face and giving them a hug, just talking to a loved one can help boost people’s mood.
  • Balancing their intake of news and information. If they are finding the influx of information about COVID-19 overwhelming, limit yourself to checking the news only once or twice a day, and make sure they read, watch or listen to something uplifting and non-COVID related every day.
  • Encouraging carers to ask children and young people how they are feeling. Uncertainty and illness can make young people feel distressed and it is important to take time to acknowledge and validate those feelings.
  • Seek support if they need it. Beyond Blue has a Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Service that you can call on 1800 512 348.

The Conversation has tips for combining play and mindfulness to support children during this time.

Headspace has created a fantastic guide for young people about how to cope with stress related to the outbreak. has created extensive resources about how to talk to young people about COVID-19, and how to navigate isolation and social distancing with children, teenagers, and young people with a disability, autism and other conditions.

Emerging minds have created this resource for support young people during the pandemic

Beyond Blue is hosting an online forum for young people to discuss their feelings and concerns during the COVID-19 crisis. 

A service offering sector specific expertise in matters unique to foster carers would seem particularly meaningful at a time of heightened stress and anxiety for as a result of Covid 19 shutdowns. Foster carers may self-refer to this service.

Some of the issues carers may access support for include:

  • Loss and grief following a placement termination/breakdown
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Compassion fatigue
  • System ‘trauma’ following CIMS, being deregistered, loss of carer identity

Link to referral:


Financial resources

Where to direct carers who have questions or concerns regarding the financial impacts of COVID-19. 

There have been numerous financial support packages which may be confusing to navigate, especially for carers with children in the home along with their other duties. Other carers may have found themselves without an income as a result of the lockdowns. The information below can be shared to help explain the new packages to your carer households, and identify where they can seek further support.

The Victorian Government has announced a financial support package for the Child and Family Welfare sector. A total of $77.5million will be provided to the sector over the next two years. There are three key aspects of this package that will impact foster and kinship carers:

  • $11 million will provide extra financial support for carers
  • There will be a one-off payment of $600 to all foster and kinship carers per child in their care to help cover the additional costs of full-time caring at home.
  • An additional $2.3mil pool of funding is being created for foster and kinship carers.

For more details, see the FAQ and media release on the DHHS site.

Beyond government payments, a range of options are being made available to those who are experiencing financial hardship. Many carers may be feeling overwhelmed navigating the financial ramifications of COVID-19.

Carers may benefit from the Moneysmart website, which provides a range of advice including on early access to superannuation and investment scams, financial assistance, and practical steps for living on a reduced income.

For those who require urgent help with money, consider the resources available here.

You may also wish to refer carers to a financial counsellor by having them call the National Debt Helpline on 1800 007 007.

For detailed information about payments for individuals affected by COVID-19, see Services Australia.

For detailed information about support for businesses affected by COVID-19, see Business Victoria.

Consumer Affairs Victoria have set out rights and responsibilities in a range of areas where they have been receiving queries. The may be of use to carers with concerns regarding housing and tenants rights, price gouging, and event cancellations and refunds.

Further information on consumer rights, including answers to commonly asked questions, has been provided by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

The Federal Government has increased the JobSeeker payment and introduced the new JobKeeper payment to support people whose employment and income has been affected by COVID-19. These payments are being boosted to a higher amount due to the Coronavirus Supplement (around double the usual payment you would receive).

Information on JobKeeper from the ATO, including links to enrol for payment, and JobKeeper guides, are available here. Note that carers may require direction to either the information for employers or information for employees.


Information on the JobSeeker payment from Service Australian, including links to enrol for payment, is available here.


If carers need to deal with Centrelink it is worth noting for them that the current wait times on the phone are long, and it is best to have their relevant information ready to go to save time. This provides a useful step by step of claiming payments.



  • From 28 September, the $1,500 per fortnight JobKeeper payment will be reduced to $1,200 a fortnight for full-time workers, and $750 per fortnight for people working less than 20 hours a week.
  • From January, the payment will again be reduced to $1,000 per fortnight for full-time workers and to $650 for people working less than 20 hours a week.


A person is eligible for JobKeeper if:

  • They have been stood down by their employer since March 1st 2020 due to COVID-19,


  • They are still working, but on reduced hours as a result of COVID-19.


  • They were employed for 12 months prior to March 1st (this applies if they are a full-time, part-time, or long-term casual employee)
  • Their employer has signed up for the wage subsidy scheme. If their employer has not signed up for the scheme, they will need to apply for JobSeeker.

Eligibility for JobKeeper past 28 September, when the current scheme expires, will be based on whether businesses have shown a 30 per cent reduction in turnover across the past two quarters, and into the next quarter. 



Important facts:

  • A person can only access JobSeeker or JobKeeper, not both.
  • If they have applied but are unsure of their eligibility, make sure carers do not withdraw their Centrelink application. Centrelink will assess this for them.
  • For employees who earn less than JobKeeper payments – the payment is the same for everyone. It equates to 70% of the median wage.



  • From 28 September, the $550 per fortnight coronavirus supplement, which effectively doubled the fortnightly income support payment, will be reduced to $250. This means the effective maximum JobSeeker rate will be about $800.
  • Recipients will be able to earn up to $300 from employment before their payments are affected.


A person is eligible for Jobseeker if:

  • They have been stood down since March 1 2020 and there is no chance of being re-employed by their employer (for example, if the company has shut down or they have been made redundant).
  • They are a casual who hasn’t been employed for 12 months prior to March 1 2020, but this is dependent on incoming testing.

From 4 August, Australians receiving JobSeeker will need to connect with employment services and take part in job searches. From the end of September, a higher number of job searches will be required and the assets test and liquid assets waiting periods will be reintroduced.


Education and training resources

Resources for carers on school attendance, information on learning and educating at home, childcare, and training.

A Return to School Resource for Carers has been developed with DHHS, which is available here.

The Victorian Student Representative Council has analysed the results from their Learning from Remote Learning report and developed recommendation and advice from students. It can be found here.

In Metropolitan Melbourne, Stage 4 restrictions are in place as of 6pm on Sunday 2nd August.

  • Schools will return to remote and flexible learning, across all year levels.
  • Students who are currently attending onsite – including senior students and those in specialist schools – will go to school on Monday, have a pupil free day on Tuesday, and be learning at home from Wednesday.
  • Onsite supervision will only be available for students who really need it, including children whose parents are permitted workers and students experiencing vulnerability who can’t learn from home.
  • The same rules will apply to kinder and early childhood education services from Thursday.

In regional Victoria, Stage 3 restrictions will be in place from 11:59pm on Wednesday 5th August.

  • Schools will return to remote and flexible learning, across all year levels. The only exception will be for specialist schools.
  • Onsite supervision will only be available for students who really need it, including children whose parents are permitted workers and students experiencing vulnerability who can’t learn from home.

DHHS have further updates on the impact on the Education sector here.

To support foster carers caring for a school-aged child or young person who is no longer attending school due to the outbreak you can find a list of useful education and learning resources here.

If you require support to engage a child/young person in school or approve their school attendance, please refer to the following:

  • Providers should connect with the LOOKOUT school in their local areas if they are having difficulty with negotiating appropriate support and connection with the school. LOOKOUT contact details can be found here.
  • For updated advice regarding school term dates, attendance, and school bus services, visit the Department of Education’s coronavirus advice page for parents, carers and guardians. 
  • The Department of Education’s learning from home information site is designed to help support children’s learning and development if their school is closed. 

Project Rockit has launched a fantastic new series of interactive webinars to help young people thrive in this time of online learning. For more information, click here.


You may wish to direct carers to call the DET advice phone line for parents and carers on 1800 338 663.

The Department of Education and Training also have a range of learning resources and advice on their website. These resources include:

The Government has announced the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package that gives families fee relief for childcare during COVID-19. Foster carers not required to do anything to receive this package.


If a child is enrolled, they are eligible.

In the wake of COVID-19, Carer Kafe has transitioned to online learning. Carers may find training during this time to be helpful, you can find the training and webinar information here.


Legal resources

Resources on the operation of Family Contact during COVID-19, where to find answers on a range of common legal questions emerging from this situation, and how courts are operating during this time.

Family contact as written in the Court conditions can still go ahead by means of phone calls, facetime/skype, SMS, or email, and supervised contact may occur online.

Case Managers will need to liaise with Child Protection about how to best facilitate contact to ensure the safety of the household and confidentiality of the placement.

Advice on this and alternative placement arrangements can be found  in the DHHS OOHC Care Services and the FAQ Covid-19 Care Sector Response Plan.

Legal Aid has compiled information on a host of topics that may be beneficial to carers, available here

Justice Connect have pulled together resources designed to help people with common legal problems related to COVID-19, available here.

The Children’s Court of Victoria remains open and operational at all venues. However, there will be restricted entry to the Court, with court users appearing via audio visual link or telephone rather than in person.  Families are not required to attend Court in person provided lawyers hold up-to-date instructions and are able to contact clients by telephone.

Information on COVID-19 measures and the Children’s Court of Victoria can be found here.

Information on COVID-19 and the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria can be found here.

Information on COVID-19 measures and listing arrangements for the Family Court can be found here.

VALS provides information, initial legal advice, minor assistance and referral services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. They also offer duty lawyer assistance and legal casework services.


Housing resources

Resources on a range of housing issues that may have arisen as a result of COVID-19, including payment supports, information on eviction moritorium, and where carers can find further support. 

There is a moratorium on evictions, meaning that evictions from rental homes will be put on hold for 6 months by the states and territories. Landlords and renters are encouraged to talk about short term agreements and come to a mutual understanding about their situations.

Information on the impacts of COVID-19 on renters can be found at Tenants Victoria.

Carers who may require assistance with rent may be eligible for the rent-relief grant, with further information available through Housing Victoria.

Carers can also access the following support programs:

  • Private Rental Brokerage Program (PRAP) provides financial and practical assistance to establish and maintain private rental tenancies for people who are homeless or those who are at risk of homelessness, who are able to maintain private rental, or who are in private rental and need targeted time limited assistance to maintain their private rental. For more information about PRAP, visit a service provider website, such as Vincent Care or Launch Housing. You can find service guidelines here.
  • Housing Establishment Funds (HEF) helps individuals and families who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness to access emergency or alternative housing options, such as registered rooming houses, hotels/motels and caravan parks. Find more information about HEF here.
  • People experiencing or at risk of homelessness can call the toll free homelessness hotline on 1800 825 955. This number will direct the call to the closest homelessness entry point, or if the call is outside business hours, it will be directed to the After Hours service.

Banks have been offering support to those affected — including up to a three-month deferral of mortgage repayments — under existing financial hardship policies. In addition to extending repayment holidays, the banks announced new fixed-home loan and term deposit rates, among other measures.

The Australian Banking Association has detailed information for individuals, business and commercial landlords. Their frequently asked questions page provides a range of answers to common queries, and carers can use the find my bank section to identify the specific relief packages being offered by their financial institution.

You may also wish to refer carers to Moneysmart (COVID-19), which includes advice for those struggling with home loan repayments.


Getting carers online

Many carers are getting online for the first time, or being required to use technology in a new way. There are numerous resources that can be accessed on how to best utilise technology and how to stay safe online.

If assisting carers and prospective carers to get online so they can participate in training, assessment, or other supervision, consider using the Be Connected website provided by the eSafety Commission. There are COVID-19 specific online safety tips for those who are older and online during social distancing.

Their topics range from the most basic (what is a computer, how to use email) to more complex uses such as apps. They also provide opportunities to practice that can be shared and walked through. Topics can be found here.

The eSafety Commissioner is also hosting free webinar presentations to help older Australians stay safer online. These require bookings and cover a host of topics including scam spotting and shopping online, as well as staying safe online – COVID-19 edition. Bookings and information can be found here.

Keeping children and young people safe online needs to be age appropriate and clear. This should be a joint conversation with their carer and potentially care team if there have been concerns around internet safety.

Carers may find it useful to consider:


Resources to support children and young people

It is important to talk to children and young people about COVID-19 to make them feel secure and empowered during very uncertain times. This may be embedded into case work or support sessions with the children and young people you work with. It can be a difficult conversation, here are some tips you may find useful:

  • Set the emotional tone: if you sound panicked while talking about it, they may panic too.
  • Take cues from your child. You can start the conversation by asking what they know about the situation. Give them the opportunity to ask any questions they have.
  • Use age-appropriate facts from reliable sources such as government departments.
  • Don’t give them too much information all at once, it can be overwhelming. Provide them with the basic facts and answer any follow-up questions they have honestly. If you don’t know the answer, look it up. Show your children that it is a good idea to check what they are hearing through their friends and media.
  • Be reassuring but truthful. Tell them about the measures being put in place to slow the spread and let them know that young people and children usually experience milder symptoms.
  • Help them feel empowered by teaching them good hygiene and social distancing techniques.
  • Be aware of how you talk about the outbreak when young people are present. Remain positive and prevention-focused within earshot. has created extensive resources about how to talk to young people about COVID-19, and how to navigate isolation and social distancing with children, teenagers, and young people with a disability, autism and other conditions.

Resources for talking to children about COVID-19:

Advocate for Children and Young People have curated this collection of activities and resources to keep families busy and engaged during isolation. 

Virtual activity list from Youth Services NT.

Level Playground have a collection of ideas for learning and playing for all children. 

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Infection Control in Residential Care

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