COVID-19 – Children and Young People

Please click any of the links below.


Phone: 01803 200 100

We provide a range of free and confidential information, advice and support services to children and young people aged 8–17.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Phone: 01803 655692

Provides emotional and mental health assessment and treatment to children, young people, aged 0-18 years, and their families/carers.
Also support to professionals, such as school staff, GPs and school nurses who are working with children and young people within Torbay.
Referrals into the service are accepted from GPs, professionals, parents/carers and children/young people themselves. GPs can advise patients to self-refer or make a referral on behalf of their patients. All referrals are screened within 24 hours of being made and urgent clinical needs identified and responded to on same day as referral. GP, parents, young people and professionals can phone in for pre-referral support and advice.

To make a referral:

• In hours – for all referrals during 8AM – 5PM (Mon – Fri)
o Devon & Torbay:
o Tel 03300 245 321
For urgent/emergency support out of hours support:
For all Devon and Torbay out of hours support between the hours of 5PM – 8AM (7 days a week), contact DPT’s SPA tel. 0300 555 5000.

Family Information Service

Useful information for parents and carers of 0-19 year olds and are the definitive source of registered childcare in Devon. We can also provide information on other services and support for children, young people and parents.


Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use.


Phone: 0800 1111 for Childline for children (24-hour helpline)

Get help and advice about a wide range of issues, talk to a counsellor online, send Childline an email or post on the message boards.

The Mix

Phone: 0808 808 4994 (Our phones are open 7 days a week froWem 4pm to 11pm)
Crisis messenger: texting THEMIX to 85258. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. We are here to help you take on any challenge you’re facing – from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. Talk to us via online, social or our free, confidential helpline.

Young Devon

Phone: (01752) 691511

Young Devon is the largest young people’s charity in the South West. Support with skills, wellbeing, voice and accommodation.

Our counsellors are still contactable, delivering our Wellbeing services over the phone or by video-call. If you are struggling, and need to talk to someone.

We are no longer able to offer Wellbeing support, Skills training sessions or drop-in appointments in person.

Despite this, we’re doing everything we can to still support all of our Young People and their loved ones during this difficult time, and are putting in place new measures in different formats.

Rise Above

Rise Above is where you will find interesting and useful stuff from the web and beyond to get us all talking about the things that matter to us. You’ll find inspiring and useful stories, videos, games and advice.

Children and Family Health Devon

Phone: 03300 245 321

Children and Family Health Devon provides children’s health services across Devon.

Some services will continue according to the national guidance but may be provided in a different way to ensure you and our staff are safe.


Free resources for teaching staff and parents to help children cope with the current viral outbreak.


Free mental health resources for all ages.

Young Minds

If the current news on coronavirus (COVID-19) is making you feel anxious, concerned or stressed, here are some things you can do.

Stem 4

Information on supporting teenagers with positive mental health


Call 0800 1111

Here is a link to their free interactive games, tools and resources to help with mental health.


An interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under, designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic.

The Autism Educator

A social story about coronavirus for slightly older children, which was designed for children with autism.

Peace Out

Short stories that help children calm down and relax by guiding them through visualization and breathing exercises. Perfect for parents or teachers who want to teach mindfulness and self-regulation.

Coronavirus Explained! (for kids)

A video explaining coronavirus for children in Key Stage 1, the emphasis is on information and personal hygiene.

COVID 19 for Teens

A video for teens explaining the need for social isolation focused on the science of epidemiology.

Coronavirus Anxiety: How to Cope

A webpage aimed at teens, from Teen Vogue, which addresses anxiety and gives advice about reducing worry and anxiety.

Sesame Street

Sesame Street has also produced a whole webpage of excellent resources , including advice about talking to children about COVID 19, resources, videos and games to support parents at home with their children.


Earn your Stay at Home Badge. Using a CBeebies character, children self-isolating/social distancing can fill in a stay-at-home chart that can be downloaded from this website.