Fear, uncertainty, and relational care in the face of COVID-19

Freeman, James and Tatum Martinez, Kelsie (2020) Fear, uncertainty, and relational care in the face of COVID-19. Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care, 19 (3). ISSN 2976-9353

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This article was first published in the April 2020 issue of CYC-Online and is republished by the SJRCC and CELCIS by permission of the authors and the publishers of CYC-Online. The COVID-19 pandemic is testing our resilience and our ways of living and being together. Being open about the fear this situation has caused is the first step in sorting out how to handle what is happening to us. Those caring for others have a role in holding their fear. This doesn't mean denying the threat is real, but means being honest, sensitive, and transparent with ourselves and others. In this challenging time, children in care need more of us than perhaps we think it is possible to give. They don’t need us to panic or give in to our own sense of overwhelm. They need us to show love and be a source of strength.

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