Safeguarding and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

During these unprecedented times safeguarding our most vulnerable and at risk children and young people in Southampton has never been more important. The Southampton Safeguarding Children Partnership is continuing to work together to ensure an effective and timely response to safeguarding issues which remain a priority during this crisis. On this page you will find links to local and national guidance and resources to support children, young people, families, community members and practitioners.

Local guidance and support for Southampton Residents

Southampton City Council information:

  • Access to Children’s Social Care including Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub and Early Help
  • Service Updates – core council services, benefits and staying well at home
  • Covid-19 Comunity Support Hub – if you are vulnerable or in critical need and are unable to identify family, friends or someone in your communnity to support you please contact the Southampton City Council COVID-19 Community Support Hub on the dedicated helpline number 023 8083 4800

SO:Linked Community Support Directory – online directory of support available in Southampton area

Solent Mind – A guide to your wellbeing and Coronavirus plus access to a special Coronavirus helpline for anyone struggling with their mental health at this time.

Hampshire Police – information on policing response to Coronavirus plus how to report a crime online

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service – Safe and Well Check Services for anhone who may have concerns about themselves or others with regard to risk of harm from fire

National Guidance and Support

UK Government advice and Update on COVID-19

Supporting vulnerable children and young people – UK Government guidance

NHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and symptom checker

HM Government ‘Safeguarding is Everybody’s Business’ Poster

ADCS Published Covid-19 guidance and resources for children’s services – ADCS is keeping track of published guidance and new announcements from key government departments and agencies, such as the DfE, PHE, Ofsted and HMCTS, relating to the totality of children’s services

NSPCC Safeguarding Child Protection (CASPAR) Newletter – sign up here for
current awareness newsletter for practice, policy and research

LockDown Safeguarding Children Information – The Childrens Society and NPCC

Friends Against Scams Free E Learning – including specific information on Coronavirus scams

Information Children, Young People and families

Benefits and Universal Credit – UK Government Guidance

How to talk to children about Coronavirus

Hampshire Police Safe4me Supporting Education and Safeguarding COVID-19 Newsletter

Support for Victims of Domestic Violence and Abuse (UK Government) – includes national and local helplines

Healthier Together –  Comprehensive website for Parents in Southampton and surrounding areas to the health and wellbeing of their child including up to date information on health conditions

Family Lives is a national family support charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life

NSPCC – advice on topics like bullying and cyberbullying

Thinkuknow has guidance for parents on how to help your children get the most out of the internet and how to keep them safe online

Easy read guide to Coronavirus (MENCAP)

Advice for parents/carers when a child is unwell or injured (specifcially during COVID-19 pandemic) from Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health

Wessex Healthier Together – Advice for parents, young people and pregnant women, and clinical resources to support healthcare professionals.

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