Safeguarding & Wellbeing
Although school is currently closed, there are lots of resources and support available to pupils and parents.
Safeguarding Resource Hub – a free hub of national safeguarding resources to empower children, young people and all adults supporting them.
Safer Working Practice Guidance addendum to cover issues relating to the Coronavirus crisis
As lots of children will be away from school and in their homes, it is likely they will spend more time online so it is important to reinforce online safety advice:
• Internet matters - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
• London Grid for Learning - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
• Net-aware - for support for parents and carers from the NSPCC
• Parent info - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
• Thinkuknow - for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
• UK Safer Internet Centre - advice for parents and carers
NSPCC Online Safety - https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/
Childnet International - https://www.childnet.com/
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command) - https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/
Mental Health & Wellbeing:
Click here to download guidance for parents and carers from Public Health England to support children and young people's mental health during the coronavirus pandemic.
Click here to access resources and support for children from Childline.
Click here to download a list of resources and organisations where pupils and parents can access mental health support when pupils are not at school.
Mind Healthy @ Home Booklet
Click the links below to download a booklet for families from Liverpool Mental Health Support Teams, and city partners. Inside this book are a few tips, activities and useful information to help you to keep yourself and your family emotionally healthy at home.
- Mind Healthy booklet for families of primary aged pupils
- Mind Healthy booklet for families of secondary aged pupils
Supporting Children’s Mental Health During Social Distancing/Self-Isolation
There are resources which support children and families with their emotional wellbeing.
Childline Calmzone https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/
Go Noodle https://www.gonoodle.com/
A digital platform, specifically aimed at 13-18-year olds and focusing on maintaining their well-being. The online platform enables young people to book one-to-one sessions online and chat directly with trained mentors and therapists and reduce feelings of loneliness. It also features a wealth of activities, resources and tips to help youngsters manage their emotional and mental health, from group therapy and creative classes to fitness and relaxation exercises. This has been developed in conjunction with Liverpool City Council via the Virtual School who have responsibility for Looked After Children but it is fully accessible to all young people.
Support for Parents
Parenting Through Covid 19 – One city. One Effort - https://www.cultureliverpool.co.uk/parenting-through-covid-19/
This site has lots of signposting to services and helpful tips for parents from home learning advice to wellbeing support.
Supporting SEND pupils and families
In response to the current coronavirus pandemic, Liverpool Local Authority’s SEND Support Services are providing advice and support to families during this difficult time, including strategies on supporting learning at home. Click here to download the contact details for the support services available.
Save the Children UK Covid-19 resource pack for families
Please click here to download a resource pack to support families with information and to support and encourage children’s learning at home during this challenging time.
Sources of Factual Information for Children:
Children will be hearing about coronavirus so it is important to share with them factual information – some resources to help with this are:
- Newsround https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround
- Child Mind Institute https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/
Coronavirus - A Book for Children - you can download a free book, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, to help to talk to children about Covid-19, by clicking here.
For children with additional needs, the following social stories may aid their understanding of the situation;