Staff at Missing Children Europe continues to do their part to protect missing and exploited children while limiting the spread of COVID-19, by working from home. We have moved all physical meetings to online and have cancelled all travel until further notice. Nonetheless, there is permanence in the office (Mon-Fri 9:30-16:30, +32 2 894 74 84) and you can always contact us.

Some people have no issues or difficulties, having worked from home in the past. Others may not have had the opportunity to telework before, so this may have come as a drastic change to their work life. Therefore, we would like to offer you some tips and tricks about how to develop a healthy work/life balance, as well as how to communicate with children about coronavirus, including online resources for child rights supporters, parents, children and organisations. Resources include technical notes, advice and guidelines, and examples of best practice and inspiration. These can be used to help you support both children and young people as well as parents and professionals who are concerned or affected by coronavirus.

Additionally, if you’re concerned about the mental health of a loved one, here’s a useful guide about guarding mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read Missing Children Europe’s public statement on COVID-19.

For parents

UNICEF’s advice on how to protect yourself and your children

Tips for parents working from home while caring for children

WHO: Coping with stress during the coronavirus outbreak

Staying safe online during the coronavirus pandemic

My Hero is you: how kids can fight COVID-19

The 3 types of stress affecting everyone in 2021 (with 9 tips on how to cope)

For children

National Geograpgic Kids: facts about coronavirus and what you can do

UNESCO’s distance learning solutions

EU Learning corner – this is where you’ll find games, competitions and activity books to discover the EU in a fun way

Watch now: Peekaboo Kidz video on the coronavirus

Google Arts & Culture: Virtual reality tours features content from over 2000 leading museums and archives

For organisations

10 ways to stay happy and healthy when working from home

Online course: Communicating Effectively with Vulnerable Children and Young People

IFRC Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Staff, Volunteers and Communities in an Outbreak of Novel Coronavirus

Future Learn course: Collaborative Working in a Remote Team

IASC Briefing Note about mental health and psychosocial support aspects of COVID-19 (in English, Arabic and Chinese)

COVID19 Children on the Move Quick Tips by UNICEF

WHO’s materials and infographics on COVID-19 to share on social media

The COVID-19 Learning Pathway training From Save the children

Technical Note: Protection of Children during the Coronavirus Pandemic

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