Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice: Children and Young People
- Safeguarding children
- Keeping our youngsters safe online
- Health and wellbeing:
- Learning resources to support your child
- Early Help support to children and families - videos
Children are returning to school in September, many for the first time since lockdown began earlier this year. We have created this page to help parents and children prepare for the new school year:
All group activities and most health services in children’s centres have stopped.
With the exception of Triangle and Woodside Children’s Centre, all children’s centre buildings will be closed until further notice - see the Children's Centres page for more details.
During the current time, some families’ working circumstances may have changed, which means that their child(ren) is/are now eligible for FSM. Please apply now if you believe you now meet the qualifying criteria for FSM.
- For more information, see our free school meals page
Uniform grant for children - UK fashion or textile company:
If you or your partner work (or recently worked) for a UK fashion or textile company and are struggling to afford a school uniform for you child/children, then you may be eligible for a charitable grant.
Practical materials for primary and secondary schools to use to train staff about teaching mental wellbeing.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges in effectively safeguarding children and promoting their welfare.
Children’s social care are conscious that many children will be well looked after by their families, however for some of the UK, lockdown has increased the exposure to risk vulnerabilities and isolation for children and young people.
A number of families are experiencing financial hardship and the service - along with partners - is working towards ensuring access to food and essential supplies does not place children and their families at a further disadvantage.
It is vital that all professionals and members of our wider community are vigilant in supporting the safeguarding of children and young people in Haringey.
Haringey has a multi-agency safeguarding hub called the MASH that worked with all partners and the community over the COVID 19 lockdown period to ensure Safeguarding Children is everyone’s business.
The MASH will advise anyone (professionals and members of the public) observing or coming into contact with any concerns about a child. The MASH can be contacted on:
- Tel: 020 8489 4470
- Email: email@example.com
The MASH has a dedicated team working alongside Early Help and Connected Communities to support children and their families with a wide range of support and interventions, including offering food parcels, parenting advice, financial support and access to essential services during the COVID-19 period.
If you are not sure and need to talk to a social worker about a concern, you could also call MASH Consultation line on 020 8489 4430.
The National Crime Agency (NCA) (external link) and Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP) (external link) have produced a toolkit (available for download below) that aims to promote their #OnlineSafetyAtHome campaign.
The toolkit has been designed to give children, parents and practitioners the best advice on how to keep children safe and do everything to stop online child sexual exploitation and abuse.
- Download the CSA COVID-19 Campaign Toolkit (PDF, 993KB)
For those who need it during this difficult time, Kooth.com provides free, online mental health and wellbeing support to 11-18-year olds, and up to 25 years for those with additional needs.
The platform is available via any internet accessible device and allows children and young people in a crisis, or need of support, the opportunity to receive one-to-one support from a qualified counsellor, write in a daily journal and interact with other young people.
For schools, Kooth also offers video conference teacher training, and information sheets that can be shared on school online portals.
- To find out more, please visit the Kooth website (external link)
- What is coronavirus? A fact sheet for kids
- Staying healthy at home - Information sheet for parents and carers
A summary of resources relating to COVID-19, including guides to help manage mental health, advice guides and personal stories from organisations aiming to support better mental health and wellbeing for children and young people.
- Find out more at Healthy London Partnership (external link)
Have you been searching for basic information to let your children know what is happening with coronavirus?
Public Health England have created a Coronavirus fact sheet for kids (PDF, 3.6MB) and a video animation (below) in partnership with Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust.
Note for iPhone users and Youtube. There is a known bug with iOS and Youtube, Two buttons are read before the player but provide no functionality. We advise that you skip these to access the content.
The files below include some useful suggestions for staying emotionally, physically and mentally healthy during this challenging time. We hope this information provides you with helpful ideas you can adopt:
The Educational Psychology Service have also provided some fact sheets to help parents and children:
- Tips for calming anxiety using mindfulness (PDF, 111KB)
- Tips for helping teens with sleep (PDF, 71KB)
- Supporting Transition into Primary School - Information for parents and carers (PDF, 715KB)
There are a range of online resources and materials to keep your children educated and entertained.
Here’s a few taster samples for starters (note these are all external links and may require registration or be offering paid for services):
- 100 Things To Do Indoors - free eBook
- Audible Stories - the service is currently offering a number of free audiobooks for children
- BBC History for Kids
- BookTrust HomeTime
- Hungry Little Minds
- Quizlet - learning flashcards for school age children
- School of Spurs - download a fun, entertaining and educational resource pack for kids
- Twinkl - free learning materials aimed at children aged 3-11
- White Rose
Literary Pirates - help for children falling behind at school
Literacy Pirates is a charity, working to improve the reading, writing, confidence and perseverance of children who are falling behind at school. Their incredible pirate themed learning centres offer specialised teacher and volunteer support.
There are weekly writing challenges that give children the chance to get creative, a special ‘Diary of an Extraordinary Spring’ which allows children to record their thoughts at this time, and a selection of ways to motivate children to read every day.
Find out more on the Literacy Pirates website (external link).
Our Early Help team have produced some videos - both to provide some fun for your children and to make sure you are all taking good care of your wellbeing.
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