COVID 19 (Coronavirus) Information and Guidance
Barnardo’s ‘See Hear Respond’ service
See Hear Respond is a service provided across England by Barnardo’s and other national and local community-based organisations in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The programme has been created to help children and young people in England who are experiencing harm and increased adversity during this period by providing support to those who are not being seen by social care or other key agencies.
Working with its partners, Barnardo’s aims to reduce the likelihood of harm and ensure other support and protective networks are in place using:
See Hear Respond accept referrals from any source either through the Freephone number 0800 151 7015 and via the online referral hub.
From the week beginning 1 June 2020, at the earliest, we’ll be asking primary schools and childcare providers to bring back children in nursery, reception, year 1 and year 6.
15.5.2020 UPDATES AND INFORMATION:
Information from West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre
You may have seen the recent alarming headlines regarding concerns that sex Offenders are targeting children and young people online in their own homes during Lockdown. These articles are based on an assessment by the National Crime Agency (NCA) which says there are at least 300,000 sex abusers in the U.K. posing a threat to children and young people.
The NCA is urging children, parents and carers to ensure they are safe online and has launched a package of educational aids to be used in home schooling.
To illustrate the risks the agency has produced a series of 15-minute activity packages for parents and carers to complete with children. They are available on the NCA's social media platforms and the website
A survey led by child protection specialists the Ineqe Safeguarding Group, revealed that:
- one-in-10 seven to 17-year-olds claim they are unmonitored online during the lockdown as theirs parents struggle to cope with working from home and home schooling
- a fifth of those surveyed admitted chatting to strangers online and that children as young as seven spend nearly three hours a week broadcasting live videos of themselves
- a rise of 17% in live streaming since the schools closed
- Nearly three-quarters of children had a camera on their computers
Ineqe Safeguarding Group CEO Jim Gamble said: "Whilst everyone is locked down in their homes, there may be a tendency to think that our children and young people are somehow safer, simply because we know exactly where they are. However, the truth is that they might not be.
"Children will be spending more time online than ever before. They may be tempted to join groups, share intimate images and participate in live-streaming activity as they attempt to build an online audience.
"We can't ignore the fact that sex offenders are also sitting at home and most will access the internet."
To report online abuse visit https://www.ceop.police.uk/ceop-reporting/
If you require further information on support available from a Children’s Independent Sexual Violence Advocate (CHISVA) or Childrens Counsellor following an incident of online abuse, please visit our website www.wmrsasc.org.uk or call us on 01905 611655.
Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection - GOV.UK
Advice for children from the Children's Commissioner
Many of you will be working with, or indeed have, children and young people who are anxious about the current pandemic. The Children's Commissioner has produced a very useful guide which may help.https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/publication/childrens-guide-to-coronavirus/
During the current Covid 19 crisis, the school will be open for restricted hours only during the Easter break. In an emergency, please contact Michelle Parkes on 07979927617, Jill Hurst on 07570713866 or Jan Greene on 07464875167 .
Stay at home
- Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
- If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home
- Do not meet others, even friends or family.
You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.
Government advice is:
If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
Educational provision will be available for them – our school will remain partially open as long as it is safe to do so.
Please let us know if you intend to send your child into school as soon as possible, so that I can risk assess numbers.
We will open from 9.30 – 2 each day. If we do not have enough staff to safely open with the number of children who intend to come in, we will run a rota system and I will update parents.
If your child is in school, they will need to be provided with a packed lunch, a snack and a bottle of water unless on Free School Meals. They will not need to wear uniform.
Transport is currently very limited as driver numbers are low. We will update as this changes.
School remains open as per the guidance from the DfE and Public Health England. You are advised to isolate for 14 days if you or any member of your household shows signs of Covid 19, especially a raised temperature and/ or persistent cough. We will provide work through online and paper based resources.
We will keep you updated via emails, the website and texts. A letter will be going home tonight with this information.
We are following Public Health England advice and keeping the school open. Please continue to follow advice around handwashing and if your child shows any symptoms of Covid 19, you are advised to isolate for 7 days. We will keep you updated via emails, the website and texts. Please contact the school if you have any questions or concerns.
We would like to make you aware that there is no increased risk of infection from coronavirus at this time.
As a school we always practice good hand hygiene in line with department of health guidance, which is the recommendation of how best to minimise risk.
Please be assured that no staff or students have been exposed to people from affected areas, or travelled to any affected regions.
We shall continue to monitor local and national guidance, but in the meantime please continue to send your children to school as normal.