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Important Safeguarding Message

Please watch this important message about Safeguarding - We are asking you to be brave, to speak up on behalf of a child, or an adult who may be at risk: https://youtu.be/NwSD4pY-Cok 

ICON Infant crying information leaflet

Please watch this video to understand how you can support parents and carers to cope with a crying baby: https://youtu.be/gyQPzIxyTSA 

Education during the Coronavirus

Click here for more information about the wider opening of nurseries, schools and colleges, transport, attendance, free school meals and remote education.

COVID-19 and your wellbeing – #Coping guides for children, young people and families

Over the past few weeks, the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has caused major disruptions to family life.  In difficult times like these, looking after our mental health is just as important as taking care of our physical health. It’s normal for everyone to feel anxious at the moment, and children and young people of all ages are just as affected as adults by the worry and stress coronavirus can cause.

To support the wellbeing of children and young people during the coronavirus pandemic, three concise guides for parents and carers and for children and young people themselves have been created. The guides list some of the best reliable and free sources of information and advice to help children and young people and their families to cope with life under lockdown. Links to the guides can be found below:

#Coping – Family life during the lockdown

2 further guides will follow shortly:
#Coping – Five ways to wellbeing (adapted for lockdown) 
#Coping – Young people’s guide

Online Radicalisation Information and Support

This is a difficult time for parents and carer and it is having a significant impact on families.  Children are likely to be spending more time online and whilst rare, there are negative influences and online groomers who use online platforms to share there extreme views and ideas.  Please click here to find out more information about the signs that someone may need help.

Advice for parents during coronavirus

Whilst it is extremely important to follow Government advice to stay at home during this period, it can be confusing to know what to do when your child is unwell or injured. Remember that NHS 111, GPs and hospitals are still providing the same safe care that they have always done. Here is some advice to help: Traffic Light Tool for Parents

Are you a Parent or Carer?

The safety and welfare of children - or safeguarding - is everyone's business. You could be a neighbour, friend, parent, relative, child minder, teacher or doctor - or working for any organisation which has contact with children and young people.

Safeguarding means protecting children from physical, emotional or sexual abuse or neglect. It also means helping children to grow up into confident, healthy and happy adults.

Agencies that deal with issues involving children are keen to offer parents and carers' advice and support throughout a child or young person's life.

If you have any ideas about what you would like to see included on this website for parents or carers then please contact us on BWSCP@westberks.gov.uk 

Leaving Children Alone - Guide for Parents

The NSPCC have produced a helpful guide for parents and carers if you are considering leaving your child(ren) alone. This can be accessed via the following link:

NSPCC - Leaving Children Alone Guidance

"Is My Child Ready To Be Left Home Alone?" Booklet

Internet safety

Please click here to read the UKCCIS guidance about internet safety.

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Call 999 in an emergency If you believe a child is in immediate danger

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Parents and Carers

If you are concerned about the safety or welfare of a child, you should report your concerns to your local authority. Please click on your local authority link below to be directed to the correct page.

Call 999 in an emergency if you believe a child is in immediate danger

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