SCHOOLS will open for all pupils on Monday, and although this will be welcomed by lots of children and their families we must remember this won’t be the case for all young people.

For many, this will be an opportunity to get back to some form of normality, to catch up with friends, and to spend their days away from home for the first time in two months.

But there will be those feeling nervous about returning to school with the pandemic still ongoing; some will be worried about how well they have kept up with school work compared to their peers; and others will be suffering the impacts of strained family relationships or bereavement.

It is perfectly normal for children to have misgivings about their return to school, and it is important we all recognise that some may need extra support.

For parents and carers this could mean checking in and asking them how they feel about returning to school, or looking out for any changes in behaviour that could suggest they may be suffering with anxiety.

For instance, they may be withdrawn, tearful, quieter than usual or lose their appetite. In some cases, children may suffer with panic attacks, which can be very frightening for the child and those around them. But by talking to children about how they feel, you can let them know they’re not alone and talk through some of their concerns. If there’s something you don’t know how to respond to, be honest and let them know you’ll find out if you can.

You can also let them know they can contact Childline, because as much as we want to be there for our children, sometimes it’s easier for them to talk things through with someone anonymously first. They can call free on 0800 11 11 or visit 365 days a year.

Our counsellors are here to support children and young people with whatever concerns or worries they have about anything at all.


Childline Manager