Anxiety and Low Mood Guidance for Children – Peterborough Youth Offending Service and Cambridgeshire Youth Offending Service (April 2020)

Summary: Information for children around low mood and anxiety during COVID-19 pandemic, developed by Peterborough YOS and Cambridgeshire YOS.




  • Support children to start exploring what anxiety/low mood may look and feel like for them.




During the first COVID-19 lockdown in the UK, seconded psychology staff at Peterborough created the following documents and guidance for children around anxiety and low mood:

Whilst the guidance was created in response to COVID-19, the practice within can be adapted for use more broadly.



Implementing the practice:

The guidance is discussed with children on the phone/Skype or for those children that are still being seen by the YOS, they are provided a physical copy.


Please note that any information that is provided to children and their families and carers should be taken only from the NHS and GOV.UK for guidance and information.  




Youth Offending Service: Peterborough YOS
Name: Victoria Lenton