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Lewisham Safeguarding Children Partnership

If you are worried about the welfare or safety of a child or young person

Email: mashagency@lewisham.gov.uk

Tel: 020 8314 6660

Lewisham Safeguarding Children Partnership

Email: safeguardingpartnership@lewisham.gov.uk

Tel: 020 8314 3396

COVID-19 Information for Professionals

COVID-19 Safeguarding Service Updates:

TRI-X Procedures During COVID-19

Exceptional Service Arrangements for Children & Young People - Letter from the Interim Executive Director

Partnership Websites

Lewisham Council COVID-19 Information

Public Health England Information & Advice

Metropolitan Police

Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust

Children with Special Educational Needs

Lewisham Local – For Food Banks and Voluntary Services

Home Office – Support for Victims of Domestic Abuse

Lewisham Reproductive Health in Lewisham

Lewisham Drugs and Alcohol Services

Official Information

Social Work England - Information for Social Workers; Education Providers and Social Work Students

Legislation.gov.uk - Provision of Legislation in response to COVID-19

General Medical Council - Information for Doctors and Patients.

GOV.UK – guidance on vulnerable children and young people, including children with disabilities

GOV.UK – guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable

GOV.UK – guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people

GOV.UK – guidance on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing

GOV.UK – Supporting disabled people through the coronavirus outbreak

GOV.UK – guidance for children's social care services

GOV.UK - "At Home Shouldn't Mean At Risk" #youarenotalone Domestic Violence and Abuse awareness campaign launch

Information for Education, Schools & Early Years

GOV.UK - Guidance for local authorities, early years settings and childminders

GOV.UK – guidance for schools and other educational settings (full set of guidance, including on school closures, maintaining provision, information for parents and carers, free school meals, apprenticeships and more)

GOV.UK – guidance on isolation for residential educational settings

GOV.UK – safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers during the coronavirus pandemic

GOV.UK – deferring Ofsted inspections 

GOV.UK –  information on GCSEs, AS and A Level rewarding: summer 2020

GOV.UK - Exercising social distancing in Education & Childcare settings

Local and national resources:

  • The Human Trafficking Foundation Covid-19 Resources Page is regularly updated with resources, advice and policy information affecting those working with victims of trafficking and exploitation. Please see webpage
  • Refuge have released a series of safety tips for survivors during isolation. Their tech abuse chatbot function is particularly useful should the perpetrator be controlling the survivor’s devices.
  • Women’s Aid have released a series of safety advice for survivors who may be trapped in the house with perpetrators
  • SafeLives have produced advice for practitioners and survivors of domestic abuse
  • Surviving Economic Abuse webpage for survivors, friends, family, neighbours and practitioners regarding the impact of COVID – 19 on those experiencing economic and financial abuse is available here
  • Rights of Women has published guidance for women trying to work out child contact arrangements during this difficult time. You can find the guidance here: https://rightsofwomen.org.uk/get-information/family-law/coronavirus-and-child-contact-arrangements/. Rights of Women continue to provide legal advice to women affected by gender based violence, the opening hours of their advice lines are subject to change – dull information can be found HERE.
  • Criminal Justice – victims and witnessesIf your staff are unsure of where to signpost victims and witnesses, please remind them of the London Victim and Witness Service (LVWS) provided by a partnership led by Victim Support. The LVWS can be contacted on 0808 168 9291 from 8am-8pm Monday to Friday and 9am-5pm on Saturday. Outside of those hours, you can call Victim Support’s Supportline on freephone 08 08 16 89 111.
  • Alcohol Change Tips for managing drinking during COVID-19.
  • Samaritans are a registered charity focusing on suicide prevention, there to listen without judgement, no pressure, and help you work through what's on your mind. Call for free on 116 123, or alternatively on 0330 094 5717. Email: jo@samaritans.org
  • Frank Online - FRANK is a national anti-drug advisory service to educate teenagers and adolescents about the effects of drugs. Live chat service operates from 2pm - 6pm, 7 days a week. 0300 123 6600, frank@talktofrank.com
  • National Autistic Society – guidance and helpline for parents’, young people and staff:
  • Mencap - Easy Read guide to Coronavirus:
  • Place2Be – Guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing:
  • Young Minds - Talking to your child about Coronavirus and 10 tips from their Parents Helpline to support family wellbeing:
  • Carers UK - Guidance for carers:
  • Covibook – an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under, designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic:
  • Public Health England have produced an easy read version of their Advice on the coronavirus for places of education.  You can download it HERE.
  • Shout is a 24 hour, 7 days a week text messaging service support in a crisis. The team of trained Crisis Volunteers will help take you from a crisis to calm 24/7, whenever you need them. Text Shout to 85258, info@giveusashout.org,
  • The Anna Freud Centre has put together a document Supporting schools & colleges: A guide to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of pupils and students during periods of disruption which we hope will give some guidance about how to maintain children’s wellbeing at a time of uncertainty. The Anna Feud Centre has developed videos for parents and for children and young people which we hope will be useful.
  • Good Thinking website for adults looking for resources to support their mental health and wellbeing:
  • Blogs on the Young Minds website for young people on managing anxiety about the outbreak and self-isolating:

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