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Useful COVID related information

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SSCP's Contact information during Covid-19

Resources for Young People and Mental Health/COVID-19

Kooth - Free and safe online support for young people

Children's Commissioner - Guide to Coronavirus

Streetwise are working with young people impacted by varying crimes such as sexual assault, rape, domestic abuse, childhood abuse, sexual violence, hate crime from ages 11-25. 

WHO - Helping Children Cope with Stress during CV-19 outbreak

Information for Parents

Young Minds - Talking to your child about coronavirus

If your child is unwell. - Guidance for Parents and Carers to support Children and Young People's Mental Health during the coronavirus outbreak

Advice for staying safe online during the pandemic from Northumberland Strategic Safeguarding Partnership

New arrangements for the CIRT Team, Together for Children in line with government arrangements and a contact list.

Advice for Educational Settings

Guidance on supporting vulnerable children and young people during the Coronavirus outbreak -

Resources for schools

Operation Encompass Helpline for Teachers

Anna Freud Centre - Supporting schools & colleges


During lockdown, some children and young people may be being abused and exploited at home. They can be made to believe that they should never tell anyone and that the abuse is their fault. Shut in with their abusers, they have little chance to escape or to tell anyone.

These children need your help! As a neighbour or key worker visiting homes for any reason, you may be the only person able to spot abuse and report it.

Information regarding Domestic Abuse

A 3-minute ‘Trusted Professionals’ animation video on YouTube contains key messages multi-agency staff should be aware of when supporting survivors of domestic abuse.

A new domestic abuse campaign from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is based on a call to action aimed at friends, family and communities:

DA Posters

DA Posters

The number for the Big- Perpetrator Programme is 07375 788834 and the BIG Referral Form is to be used until the current Covid-19 situation is over. 

Impact Family Services Oversee the BIG programme in Sunderland. Staff are completing assessments over the phone as well as contacting all of the men who have already begun a programme on a weekly basis in line with the guidance from Respect.

Children North East (CNE)– trauma-informed therapeutic and counselling service for children living with domestic abuse.

CNE are using online platforms (Zoom) to deliver counselling online.  Their Youth Work team have updated their online platforms including Facebook and Instagram and set out a weekly menu of group delivery using online social networking sites via closed groups. They have also dedicated a telephone line for more confidential issues that young people may face.  In summary CNE are currently delivering sessions via online video and phone where possible and have managed to minimise the amount of disruption to clients. 

GP Practices - Domestic Abuse and Covid19-Guidance for GPs

Domestic Abuse - where to get help poster

Crimestoppers have posted a film on their Facebook page encouraging neighbours, friends, family and colleagues to speak up if they see or hear domestic abuse.  People can report any concerns 24/7 and completely anonymously if they prefer.

Spotting the signs of economic abuse during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

How to be an ally to a loved one experiencing domestic violence

LGBTQ Victims - The Gay Times online magazine features an article, ‘The rise of domestic abuse during COVID-19 in LGBTQ relationships and how you can get help’, available here

If you are LGBTQ and need assistance then additional help and support is available from Stonewall and their helpline: 08009995428, or LGBT Foundation and their helpline: 03453303030.

Or National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline Tel 0800 999 5428  

Victims First Northumbria - for support there is live chat available or e-mail or text 0786 495 9837.

Wearside Women In Need's 24-hour helpline(0800 066 5555) continues to be staffed on a 24-hour basis.

Brook Street is a support for boys and young men - for any professionals working with young people, young people in isolation may be experiencing increased levels of anxiety and need extra support in terms of their health and wellbeing and spending increased amounts of time online, including the use of social media, which increases the risk and number of people experiencing online bullying and or exploitation.  One to one telephone sessions offer young people the opportunity to address their relationships (including online), attitudes and values, consent, protective behaviours and self-esteem, and reduce risk-taking behaviours.

Leaflet which helps young people to decide if the programme is for them

Promotional leaflet for professionals 


Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance for Children’s Social Care Services 

Gov UK

Social Work England

Department for Education - Guidance for Social Workers

Key Messages from Northumbria Police - Missing Children in Care and Missing Children Investigations

A number of national guidance documents have been circulated to assist response to dealing with missing children during the COVID 19 pandemic:

  • The national recommendation is that care homes do not report children as missing if they simply go out without permission in breach of parental direction.  We expect carers to go looking for their children and bring them back.
  • Authorised professional practice (APP) guidance states: A child who has defied parental direction to go out and associate with their friends, should not be reported as a missing person and the police should not be asked to go and search for these children until the carer has conducted reasonable enquiries to locate the child and they cannot be found.  Involving police unnecessarily is detrimental to children’s care.
  • Guidance states that Local Authorities are responsible for protecting children in their care and that includes preventing them going out and being exposed to Covid 19 and bringing that back into the home and infecting the other children.   They have a duty to prevent children going out without permission as this is a public safety issue and the Local Authority are corporate parents. 
  • National COVID 19 legislation has been released. Northumbria Police have adopted the approach of ENGAGE, EXPLAIN and ENCOURAGE. To support this approach Northumbria Police have devised a process for police officers to follow in respect of dealing with Children and Young people who are missing form placements and are breaching Covid 19 legislation.
  • Stress the risks to public health and the NHS.
  • Direct the young person back to their placement.
  • Remove the young person to their placement. Update staff within the placement, and obtain the name of the staff member spoken to.
  • Give the young person any reasonable instructions you consider to be necessary
  • If required can use reasonable force in the exercise of the power
  • In terms of looked after young people who ignore the advice or go missing repeatedly   issuing fines to our Local Authorities is unlikely to actually achieve any improvement in compliance. Northumbria Police will liaise with their Local Authorities to agree a partnership approach to minimise non-compliance.  There may need to be an escalation process whereby a partnership intervention plan and trigger plan is agreed for those children who repeatedly fail to comply.
  • Missing From Home Coordinators will work with local authorities around this.

Modern Day Slavery and Trafficking Information

Modern Day Slavery and Covid-19 - The Home Office

Modern Day Slavery and Trafficking Covid-19 - The Home Office


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