Safeguarding and child protection are as important now as they ever have been. But with schools closed and social distancing measures in place across the UK, we all need to think about the way we keep children safe during the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
Covid 19: Information for Parents and Carers
Government Guidance may change over the coming days and weeks so please make sure you are kept informed and up to date with any new advice or information being produced. We will update this page as more information is made available.
The UK government has announced new measures to reduce the rate of infection and reduce the risk to those that are most vulnerable. Everybody in the UK should:
- Stay at home, only going outside for limited reasons. When going out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people and wash their hands as soon as you get home. The reasons for leaving your home include:
- Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
- One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household.
- Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
- Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.
- Households where an occupant has symptoms of COVID-19 should undertake self-isolation for 14 days (full guidance)
- Non-essential shops and public spaces have been closed. (full guidance)
- There is a ban on gatherings of more than two people, except where the gathering is a group of people who live together, is essential for work purposes or funerals, which can be attended by immediate family.
Pregnany and Coronavirus (Covid 19)
Talking to children about the Coronavirus
The Children’s Commissioner for England has produced a children’s guide to Coronavirus to help explain to youngsters in language they can understand, some of the issues. You may find this helpful as a resource for staff, to share with foster carers or to talk to your own children or family members. You can access the Guide here: https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/publication/childrens-guide-to-coronavirus/
NSPCC Learning has updated its content on how to have difficult conversations with children to include information about talking to children about coronavirus. The content covers: preparing for a conversation, having a conversation and support from Childline.
Visit the webpage: How to have difficult conversations with children
Childline has created a new webpage with information for children and young people about coronavirus. The page includes information about: what coronavirus is; where children and young people can find help if they are worried; coping if they are staying at home; and what to do if they are feeling unwell.
Visit the webpage: Coronavirus
CBBC Newsround have produced a range of resources, including videos and advice, for children and young people who might be worried about coronavirus.
Read the news story: Coronavirus: here’s some advice if you’re worried about it
Helping you support children during the Covid 19 pandemic.
Mental Health and Well-being
Are you looking for mental health and well-being support in Kirklees? Get in Touch
NHS approved wellbeing lists
Please see some links to NHS and Public Health England approved wellbeing information
- 8 Ways to Stay Happy, Healthy & Blissfully Busy Through the Lockdown
- 7 Ways to Stay Busy and Positive as the Lockdown Continues
- 21 Ways to Keep the Kids Entertained While The Schools Are Closed
- How to Look After Your Mental Health During the Lockdown
- Mental Health and Suicide
Coronavirus, how to protect your mental health
During this time, many of us may be experiencing a range of emotions. To support young people with this, Young Minds have released this information: https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/
As adults, it is also important for us to take care of ourselves. This website may be useful: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/
You may also find information on the following website particularly useful. The Young Minds A-Z covers a wide-range of areas including anxiety, anger, gender identity, divorce, self-esteem and much more. It is available on our website or via the direct link below: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-guide-to-support-a-z/
Please note there is also a Parent Contact section that includes a telephone number as well as a contact form: https://youngminds.org.uk/contact-us/
Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children’s mental health and well-being
Parents and Carers guide to Live Streaming
Information and Advice:
Advice for Educational Settings:
Talking to children about Coronavirus
How to talk to your child about coronavirus, by UNICEF https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/how-talk-your-child-about-coronavirus-covid-19
Information video on coronavirus for Primary KS2
Information video on Coronavirus for older children/adults, by WHO
NSPCC – Keeping Children Safe
Coronavirus and caring for your baby
Undertaking remote teaching safely
Latest Guidance on vulnerable children and young people
Early Years and Childcare closures
Translated stay at home guidance from the UK Government: Available in Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, Gujurati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Urdu and Welsh
Pennine Domestic Abuse Partnership – Guide to Services 2020
Information for families with disabled children