1. Print resources


  • Reading Well for Children – The booklist is targeted at children in Key Stage 2 (aged 7-11), but includes titles aimed at a wide range of reading levels to support less confident readers, and to encourage children to read together with their siblings and carers



  • Reading Well for Teens – The booklist is targeted at teenagers (13–18)and includes a range of reading levels and formats to support less confident readers and encourage engagement.

(This scheme was launched in October 2022, and was developed as a refresh to the 2016 Reading Well for young people “Shelf Help” scheme and to support young people in a post-pandemic context)



  1. General medical conditions and health advice


  • Information from the Patient website on a wide range of topics about children’s health



  • Common health questions about children’s health – from nhs.uk



  • Information sheets from Great Ormond Street Hospital on general medical conditions




  • General health advice for children from Great Ormond Street Hospital



  • Easy ways to eat well and move more (the new home of Change4Life)



  1. Organisations providing support for children’s health


  • Papyrus – dedicated to preventing young suicide and promoting positive mental health and emotional wellbeing in younger people (under the age of 35)



  • Big Deal – for young people to find information and support related to gambling, either for themselves or for someone they care about.



  • YoungMinds – mental health charity for children and young people



  • Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families – includes resources for young people, parents and healthcare professionals to support mental health



  • NSPCC – National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children – working to prevent abuse, help rebuild children’s lives and support families.




  • Barnardo’s – working to support and protect children and young people facing a wide range of issues, from drug misuse to disability, from sexual abuse to domestic violence.



  • Rainbow Trust – supporting families with a seriously ill child



  • Action for Children – protecting and supporting children and young people, providing practical and emotional care and support



  • Save the Children – supporting children in poverty in the UK



  • Charlie Waller Trust – providing mental health training, resources and consultancy with a focus on children and young people



  • Place2be – providing parenting advice from child mental health experts, including practical tips to support children’s wellbeing and behaviour



  • Child Accident Prevention Trust – working to reduce the number of children and young people killed, disabled or seriously injured in accidents.



  • Macmillan Cancer Support – talking to children and teenagers



  1. Facts and figures


  • Child health profiles 2023 – providing an overview of child health and wellbeing for each local authority in England

2023 Child health profiles – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


  • Child and maternal health – fingertips public health data form the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities




  1. Other resources


  • MindEd – a free learning resource about the mental health of children, young people and older adults



  • Royal College of Psychiatrists has a detailed section on help for the whole family


and provides guidance on all mental health problems and treatments, with downloadable leaflets. www.rcpsych.ac.uk


  • Children’s Mental Health Week 2023 took place in February, but there are some useful resources for families on the theme of connection



  1. Podcasts


  • Wide range of podcasts available from Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health




  1. Local resources


  • Check out what activities your local public libraries are running for children and their families


  • Have a look for any local children’s mental health services / online resources in your local area (e.g. MindMate in Leeds) and also via your local CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health services) team