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An international network of children’s nursing experts including Professor of Children’s Nursing at Edge Hill, Bernie Carter, has released a unique e-book containing children’s self-penned experiences of COVID-19 restrictions. 

Our COVID-19 Artwork contains drawings, pictures, poems and narrative from children aged four to 14, with entries depicting subjects ranging from the difficulties of social distancing to the ‘superheroes’ fighting the virus.

Our COVID-19 Artwork contains drawings, pictures, poems and narrative from children aged four to 14, with entries depicting subjects ranging from the difficulties of social distancing to the ‘superheroes’ fighting the virus.

Professor of Children’s Nursing at Edge Hill University, Bernie Carter, one of the editors, said: “The pandemic has been inescapable, but our young people are living through it in their formative years, so hearing and understanding their perspectives is vital. 

“It is clear from the children’s contributions that COVID-19 has impacted on their lives in a big way and, as well as informing us as professionals, we hope that their contributions will help and reassure other children.”

One child, 13-year-old Luyando from Zambia, wrote: “The World is falling apart, The roads are empty, the crowds too small, And no trace of life outside, none at all.”

Another child talked positively about the influence of the virus on her life explaining “I knew the real meaning of love after we get locked down in our homes because of COVID-19.”

Drawing by Tadala, 7, Malawi.

Subjects covered range from the importance of handwashing to the difficulties of home-schooling. 

The work began at the start of the first UK lockdown in March 2020, and the vast majority of contributors were living through moderate to severe restrictions when they submitted their designs. 

The children involved have come from 17 of the INCFCC’s 22 countries, including Ghana, Sweden and Australia.

Drawing by Roisin, 10, Ireland.

The book is available to download free of charge via the INCFCC website.

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