COVID-19 Resources for Children, Young People and Parents

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, please visit the hse webiste here.

The Easy Read version of the Coronavirus COVID-19 Public Information Booklet can be downloaded here.



Parent Hub Galway Keep up to date with COVID-19 service bulletins from local statutory, community and voluntary services for parents here.

Galway City Council issues Local Roadmap for Restarting Economy and Business. To align with the national Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business, Galway City Council has developed a local roadmap outlining the phases for the reopening of key local authority services in Galway City. To facilitate expected patterns of travel within the context of social distancing requirements, a City Mobility Team (CMT) has also been established. See more here.

Let’s Play Ireland is a whole of Government campaign led by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to promote the importance of play and to provide play resources for families during this time. For further information, tips and ideas relating to play during the lockdown period visit here.

Emotional Wellbeing during Pregnancy and Post Pregnancy Talk Free online talk with HSE Senior Clinical Psychologist Dr. Jeananne Garavan – COVID-19: Looking after your emotional well-being during pregnancy and post-pregnancy. Tuesday 19th May @ 11am. See more here.




Click here for details for Galway City COVID-19 Community Response Helpline.

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View details for Galway County COVID-19 Community Response Helpline here.




Traveller COVID-19 Helpline: 083 1006300 (available 9am – 9pm, 7 days a week)

Roma COVID-19 Helpline: 0871264606

Parentline Guiding Parents, Supporting Families: 1890 927277

Teenline Ireland Free 24/7 service for teenagers: 1800 833634

Childline Free counselling for children and young people up to 19 years old: 1800 666666

Jigsaw Support Line Free, relevant and accessible mental health support, education, advice and guidance to young people aged 12 to 25 years old, and/or their parents/concerned others: 1800 JIGSAW (544 729) 

Children’s Rights Alliance Helpline support in areas like education, early years, immigration and family law: 01 9020494



The Department of Children and Youth Affairs’ Parents Centre contains information for parents and provides links to a wide range of trusted and high quality online resources including learning, parenting and information on supports for parents. It is easy to navigate and will help parents access the information and support they need quickly.

Galway City Council has a made a bank of ‘Stay at Home Resources’ aimed at all ages available here

Children’s Rights Division of the Council of Europe has set up a dedicated Covid 19 website: Protecting and empowering children during the Covid-19 pandemic. It contains key standards, guidance and practical tools to communicate with children, to prevent harm encountered in online activities and respond to their increased vulnerability, in particular to violence. See here.

Unlimited Internet for Students Families and individuals who need internet for school or college work can move to unlimited internet without having to pay. Download step by step guide here.

Stress Control Online Learn some great ways to deal with common problems like anxiety, depression, panicky feelings, poor sleep and poor wellbeing free of charge.  ‘Stress Control’ is a six-session cognitive-behavioural therapy class used extensively in community-settings. You can find out more here.

Transition from Pre-school to Primary School The National Parents Council have developed a short video to support parents to prepare themselves and their children for the transition to primary school. Please click here to view.

Alcohol Resources In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, the HSE Alcohol Programme in Health and Wellbeing has developed a number of resources that it would like to share. See resources here.

The Institute for Lifecourse and Society, NUIG, the Global Network of UNESCO Chairs for Children, Youth, and Communities and  Penn State University are to deliver a series of 12 weekly free webinars exploring the impact of Covid-19 and ways in which we can all help respond. See more here.

Youth Work Ireland Galway's Youth Information Service has set up a chat/support service for students. If you or someone you know is interested in taking part, email

Young Social Innovators have issued an “Open Call to Teenagers” for solutions to the challenges of COVID-19. See more here.

Planet Youth hosted a series of online events on the theme of 'Parenting Your Teenager During COVID-19' with adolescent psychotherapist Gina Dowd.  View the videos here

Supporting Families through the Days and Weeks Ahead by The Genises Programme, The Changing Lives Initiative and The Area Based Childhood Programme.

What to do if you are Concerned / Supporting Children and Teenagers by HSE Heads of Psychology Service.

World Health Organisation Parenting Tips  The World Health Organisation has released a series of 9 single page, easy to read, infographic sheets on healthy parenting in times of confinement. Each focuses on a different theme:

WHO Parenting Tips 1: One on One Time

WHO Parenting Tips 2: Keeping it Positive

WHO Parenting Tips 3: Structure-Up

WHO Parenting Tips 4: Bad Behaviour

WHO Parenting Tips 5: Keep Calm and Manage Stress

WHO Parenting Tips 6: Talking About COVID-19

WHO Parenting Tips 7: Learning Through Play

WHO Parenting Tips 8: When We Get Angry

WHO Parenting Tips 9: Parenting in Crowded Homes and Communities

Directory of Online Supports compiled by DCYA Parenting Unit [categorised by Resources for Children; Wellbeing; Learning; COVID-19; General Supports; parenting Supports; Notes]

The Department of Education and Skills’ NEPS psychologists have developed advice and some resources for young people to manage and stay well when schools are closed. See them here.

Irish Sign Language videos covering a different section of the COVID-19 information booklet are available here.

Internet safety Webwise provides practical advice for parents. The Parents Hub features expert advice from professionals, information on privacy and parental control, cyberbullying, popular apps, and so on. Visit here.

Intreo Where a One Parent Family recipient is no longer receiving maintenance for their child due to the other parent losing their job during the COVID-19 pandemic, they can request a 12 weeks payment from their local Intreo Centre. See more details here.

Galway & Roscommon Education and Training Board has launched a Community Education YouTube channel. Watch video tutorials including wellbeing, fitness, cookery and more here.

Refunds for school transport fees for periods of schools closures. See more here.



Let’s Play Ireland is a whole of Government campaign led by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to promote the importance of play and to provide play resources for families during this time. For further information, tips and ideas relating to play during the lockdown period visit here.

Galway City Partnership in association with Ballinfoile Castlegar Neighbourhood Centre challenge you to ‘BUILD A BOX’. See here.

Tell the Ombudsman for Children’s Office how the coronavirus crisis has impacted you: what you miss, what you will appreciate more when this is over and what you would like adults to know. Each week a €50 One for All voucher will be awarded. The overall winner will receive a €100 voucher. See more here.

The Irish Youth Foundation is asking young people aged 16-24 year olds to tell them how they feel about key issues facing young people in Ireland today. Contact Sarah at or on 097 762 2946 to get involved.

Kid’s paint Corona: Join the worldwide call! Submit a piece of art to the International Museum of Children’s Art in Norway. See more here.

Create a Time Capsule. See more here.

Design a game as part of Trócaire’s competition for young people who want to change the world and believe games are a way to do this. See more here.

Download The Great Isolation Activity Book by teacherteacher here.

Make your own Love Song at home and be part of The Ark’s virtual Love Song installation. See here.

Family Activity Pack by ParentChild+ here. [Younger children]

 A Wellbeing Journal for Kids by Fiona Forman here

Ten things to do today 1 by Tusla, Child and Family Agency

Ten things to do today 2 by Tusla, Child and Family Agency

Ten things to do today 3 by Tusla, Child and Family Agency

Ten things to do today 4 by Tusla, Child and Family Agency

Ten things to do today 5 by Tusla, Child and Family Agency

Ten things to do today 6 by Tusla, Child and Family Agency

Download ideas for family games here.

Download these Traditional Playground Games here.



My Name is Coronavirus by Manuela Molina [for Younger Children]

Advice: Talking to Children about Illness by The British Psychological Society [categorised by age group of child]

Getting Ready to go to the Test Centre by the HSE [preparing young children for swab testing]

Barnardos Children’s Bereavement Service helpline offers information and advice in relation to how to support children through bereavement and to address COVID-19 concerns.

Corona Virus: A book for Children by Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson and Nia Roberts. Illustrated by Axel Scheffler (of the Gruffalo fame). [Story for younger children.]

My Hero is You: How Kids can Fight COVID-19 by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee. [Story for younger children.]

Helping Children Grieve by the Irish Hospice Foundation



Happy Head App was developed by 12 young people from secondary schools in North County Galway. The App acts as a supportive mechanism in the areas of school, mindfulness, diet and exercise. Download (from Google Play) here.

Jigsaw is providing a range of information and supports for young people, their parents, and those working with young people through a new e-mental health platform –  Here, you can find articles, videos, daily live group chats, webinars and can post questions about your mental health and have them answered by a Jigsaw clinician. Jigsaw Support Line is now up and running on freefone 1800 JIGSAW (544 729). 

Youth Work Ireland Galway’s Counselling Service is now operating online. Download details here.

Helplink is providing free counselling services during the COVID-19 crisis to people who have been laid off work, people with addictions (gambling, alcohol and/or drugs) and Irish citizens returning home, stuck or living abroad. Call 091 759887 / 0818 998880.

Innovation Recovery’s schedule of online courses can be downloaded here.

Mental Health Ireland has developed a of supports for families at this time, resources include a toolkit and a weekly planner.

Getting through COVID-19 Together (here) for advice, ideas and support for physical and mental wellbeing. #Together



Tusla's Family Emergency Booklet is a resource to help families prepare for a COVID-19 infection.

One Family guide to planning for serious illness can be viewed here.