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See Hear Respond 

A new service launched by Barnardos and funded by the Department for Education. Its aim is to provide early intervention before these children reach the threshold for statutory intervention.

See, Hear, Respond does not replace our usual referral process for children. 

The See, Hear, Respond Partnership has been created specifically to help children and young people in England who are experiencing harm and increased adversity during coronavirus, by providing support to those who are not being seen by schools or other key agencies. There is no minimum threshold for referral. They will support children from pre-birth up to 18 years of age and those with special educational needs under the age of 25.

See, Hear, Respond will contact every referral made to them, so no child gets missed.  They’ll then find a partner best placed to support the most isolated and at risk children in your area.

See the website for further information and how to make a referral.

Coronavirus: coming out of lockdown
Source: Association of Child Protection Professionals
Date: 07 July 2020

The Association of Child Protection Professionals (AoCPP) has released a podcast which discusses how children, families and practitioners are coping with the stress and trauma brought by the coronavirus crisis and what to expect as we come out of lockdown.

Read the news story and listen to the podcast: Stress, trauma and survival responses during COVID-19

Key contact numbers to help people through the coronavirus outbreak including; emergency food response, COVID 19 support line, Cancer Support Helpline and Leeds Domestic Violence Service helpline.

Online exploitation is often hard to recognise because it is a complex issue. When it comes to being drawn into extremist ideas online, sometimes there are clear warning signs, in other cases the changes are less obvious. Leeds Prevent have developed Online Safety Advice for Parents.

Leeds City Council has developed a webpage “Coronavirus - help for people and communities” and a leaflet which will help you to signpost families to practical support such as access to food, money and advice around work and how Leeds City Council Services are currently operating.

For a discussion about how to advise and support families in other ways please contact your local Early Help Hub:

Further support and advice for families can be found below.

Coranavirus: advice and support for parents and carers

The NSPCC has created an online Hub providing advice and support for parents and carers during the coronavirus outbreak. Content includes: information on keeping children safe from abuse; tips and advice to help parents working from home; and ways to talk to a child who is anxious or worried about coronavirus.

Visit the Hub

Tips to cope during lockdown

Childline has updated its Coronavirus webpage to include tips for children and young people on coping at home during lockdown. Advice includes: keeping in touch with friends online and talking to people at home; staying busy with things like schoolwork or hobbies; and speaking to a trusted adult or parent if they need support.

Visit the webpage

Coronavirus and domestic abuse

The Home Office has published guidance highlighting help and support available to victims of domestic abuse during the coronavirus outbreak in England.

Read the guidance for England

Coronavirus: online safety

The National Crime Agency (NCA) CEOP command has launched a campaign to help keep children safe online during the coronavirus pandemic. The #OnlineSafetyAtHome campaign contains home activity packs with 15-minute activities for parents and carers to do with their children using CEOP’s Thinkuknow educational resources. New activities will be launched fortnightly. The NCA has warned of a spike in online child sex offending during the coronavirus crisis, with latest figures indicating that there are at least 300,000 people in the UK posing a sexual threat to children. An article in the Guardian reports on NSPCC concerns that a shortage of moderators who combat sexual abuse online combined with children spending more time on the internet at home has created a “perfect storm” for abusers to take advantage of the pandemic.

Read the Thinkuknow news story and download the packs 
Read the NCA news story 
Read the Guardian news story

CEOP have created some Home Activity Packs with simple 15 minute activities for parents/carers to do with children on the topic of online safety. There are different packs for different age ranges and new activities will be released each fortnight.

Coronavirus: supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing

Public Health England (PHE) has published advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus outbreak. The guidance covers: helping children and young people cope with stress; how children and young people of different ages may react; children and young people who are accessing mental health services; children and young people with learning disabilities; autistic children and young people; children and young people who care for others; and bullying. The guidance will be updated in line with the changing situation.

Read the guidance

Key information on websites and helplines to support young people around mental health and wellbeing in Leeds

Coronavirus: disabled children and young people

The Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, the Minister for Care, and the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families have published a joint statement to explain potential changes affecting disabled people in England under the Coronavirus Act. Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are included in the statement which explains powers in the Act to provide temporary flexibility over how the education, health and care (EHC) plan process works.

Read the statement

A new Child Friendly Leeds Ultimate Guide and blog site, brings together local and national resources and activities for children and young people while we are all staying at home, is now live. Its aim is to help support parents and carers around the city with hints and tips on ways to keep their children entertained whilst the schools are closed.  It includes online family-friendly events, the award-winning Leeds Curriculum from the council’s museums and galleries team, 21 top tips for keeping the kids entertained at home, details of our fortnightly #OurChildFriendlyLeeds competition, and lots of other fun and engaging activities. 

Leeds and West Yorkshire Family Newsletter Lockdown Issue 1 

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Shielding in Leeds - Information and Routes to support

These slides are intended to assist anyone working with people in Leeds who may have been advised to shield due to their clinical risk to Covid 19.

Support for parents and carers to keep children safe online

Whilst there are huge benefits to being online in order to stay connected to family and friends during this period, the government recognises many parents may feel concerned about the activities and content their children are accessing. This guidance outlines resources to help keep children safe from different risks online and where to go to receive support and advice.