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The CYSCP recognise that the Coronavirus is putting increasing pressure on all services providing support to children, young people and families. In this changing landscape safeguarding continues to be a priority, however we recognise that we will all have to consider ways of doing things differently.

Government guidance may change over the coming days and weeks so please make sure you are kept informed and up to date with any new advice or guidance being produced, and adjust your ways of working as appropriate. We will update this page as more information is made available.

As practitioners we need to consider how we can maintain appropriate contact with the children, young people and families we work with, provide support at this difficult time as well as maintain business as usual as much as possible.

Please follow your own agency's contingency plans for providing services to children, young people and families, however in what may be challenging circumstances we would remind practitioners to:

  • Speak to families regarding any difficulties they may be experiencing due to spending more time together than usual, and signpost to where they can receive additional support.
  • Remain vigilant for the signs and indicators of abuse, including neglect and domestic violence, and raise any safeguarding concerns in line with your agency's procedures.
  • Remain vigilant for signs of radicalisation. Please see our Prevent page for further details.
  • If you suspect that a child or young person is being, or is at risk of being significantly harmed as a result of abuse or neglect, you must report this immediately in line with your agency's procedures. See our Concerned About a Child or Young Person page for contact information.
  • If you are using alternative methods such as social media and technology to keep in contact with children, young people and families, remember to do this in line with your agency’s policies and in a safe and appropriate manner.
  • Consider help and support through the Early Help and Local Area Teams.

Government Advice

Public Health England (PHE) has updated its report about population mental health and wellbeing in England during the coronavirus pandemic. Chapter 7 of the report looks at emerging findings from UK studies of the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people: Chapter 7: Children and young people

Ofsted has published five reports on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic across the sectors it inspects and regulates including: early years; schools; children’s social care; and special educational needs and disability (SEND) provision: Ofsted COVID-19 series

The DfE have published additional guidance for schools which are remaining open: Education and childcare settings: New National Restrictions from 5 November 2020

The DfE have updated their Guidance for full opening: schools

The DfE have published Guidance for Schools.

TheDfE have published guidance Early years and childcare: coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Government has published Important changes to Children's Services and SocialWork statutory responsibilities: The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The DfE have produced Safeguarding and remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19), guidance on how to follow safeguarding procedures when planning remote education strategies and teaching remotely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

 The DfE have produced Coronavirus (COVID-19): safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers, guidance for schools and colleges to support them keeping children safe, including online, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  

 Ofsted have produced Ofsted: coronavirus (COVID-19) rolling update, guidance and information relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) for schools, early years, children's social care and further education and skills providers.

 The DfE have produced Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for local authorities on children’s social care for local authorities, those who have corporate parenting responsibilities, and local safeguarding partnerships who work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in their area. It will also be of interest to social workers, residential care providers and staff, and those with safeguarding responsibilities.

DfE, on behalf of the Home Office and the Department for Health and Social Care, and the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel have produced a Joint communication from the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel and Department for Education (DfE). It sets out the expectations on the statutory safeguarding partners in relation to serious incident notifications, rapid reviews, serious case reviews and child safeguarding practice reviews in light of coronavirus. It also sets out the DfE’s continued child at immediate risk of harm procedures.

The Government has issued Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance on vulnerable children and young people

Government Guidance for Parents and Carers

Government Information for parents and carers about going back to schools, nurseries and colleges in the autumn term. 

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, school and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.


Advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing


Whilst there are huge benefits to being online in order to stay connected to family and friends during this period, the government recognises many parents may feel concerned about the activities and content their children are accessing. They have published this guidance which outlines resources to help keep children safe from different risks online and where to go to receive support and advice:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for parents and carers to keep children safe online


Advice published by the Home Office, Public Health England, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Department for Education  for parents and carers about the main risks children may be particularly vulnerable to during the pandemic and information about available help and support.

Your Childs Health

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have published this COVID-19 advice for parents and carers when your child is unwell or injured poster. It gives advice on what to do when your child needs medical attention during .

Details of the ICON - Babies Cry, You Can Cope programme are available on our ICON page.

Your Childs Education

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, school and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Government Information for parents and carers about going back to schools, nurseries and colleges in the autumn term.

NSPCC have also advice and support for parents and carers returning to education.

The DfE has updated guidance on supporting children to learn at home which includes links to a variety of learning apps for parents to use with their children as well as guidance and advice for parents at home with their children aged 2 - 4 years during the current situation.

Parents can now access regular daily lessons for all age groups, including pre-schoolers, from BBC Bitesize in English, maths and other core subjects, on the BBC Bitesize website.

National Advice

NEW: Child Sexual Abuse resources

As we return to a national lockdown the Prevention programme from The Children’s Society is concerned regarding it’s potential impact on the exploitation and abuse of children and young people.

During phase one of Covid-19 there was an increase in online grooming into both Child Sexual Abuse and Child Criminal Exploitation and an increase in domestic abuse. The Children's Socierty are also concerned that children experiencing abuse at home may have been shut in with their abusers and unable to access support.

These concerns have not gone away and as England returns to lockdown, The Children's Society have collated a range of resources and support contacts for professionals, parents, key workers and others both working with children or entering the family home at this time. Please circulate these as widely as possible through your networks.

The Prevention programme will continue to support partners in responding to child exploitation and abuse across England and Wales at this time. If you think you might benefit from the programme’s support please get in touch.

Prevention Programme Covid-19 Guidance for Partners

Responding to Child Sexual Abuse during Covid-19 - Covid Briefing

Exploitation online booklet

CSA & E A3 Poster

CSA & E External Poster

The National Police Chiefs’ Council for the Child Protection and Abuse Investigations Working Group and The Children’s Society have produced this poster to raise awareness of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation during COVID-19. It is designed for neighbours and key workers visiting premises during the crisis, and outlines signs to be mindful of and how to report concerns.

ThinkUKnow have signposted key guidance, as well as organisations to support you in safeguarding children online and offline during COVID-19.

The Children's Commissioner has released a policy briefing on domestic abuse and it’s effects on children particularly during the coronavirus pandemic.

NPSCC Learning have released: Coronavirus: 5 steps to update your safeguarding policies and procedures.

NSPCC Learning  Coronavirus briefing: guidance and information for early years providers 

This NSPCC Coronavirus Briefing: guidance for social workers summarises guidance from across the UK on how social workers and local authorities should work during the pandemic to ensure that children are protected.

NSPCC learning have published a Coronavirus: safeguarding and child protection page which pulls together a list of services and resources to support professionals' work with children, young people and families during the coronavirus pandemic

IDAS have updated their Service Information and updated their Guidance for front line workers supporting people who are at risk from domestic abuse, and produced a list of frequently asked questions specifically around supporting those at risk of domestic violence during the COVID-19 Pandemic.They have also introduced Professionals Live Chat Sessions.

Local Guidance

Keeping York open and keeping us safe

Following recent government announcements, City of York Council are reminding York residents and visitors of the basic infection control measures to keep everyone safe.

Part of the Council’s Let’s be York campaign, the critical public advice of remembering to follow hands, face and space will help to keep York’s Covid-19 infection rate as slow and as low as possible.  You will start to see variations of the posters and banners appearing online and across the city, focused on protecting four key areas people, schools, businesses and places.

This critical and timely campaign explains how every single one of us can make a real difference in our city, protecting loved ones and keeping the schools, businesses and places we love open.

City of York Council put together a useful pack of information for parents during lockdown which has lots of information about how to cope with home schooling, talking to children about coronavirus and other sources of support. This can be downloadable here.

Parents of children with additional needs and disabilities can also get support from City of York Council's team of educational psychologists every Wednesday morning, from 9am to11.30am, until 24 March.  To get in touch with the team, please call 01904 553055.

We know that lockdown is difficult for families, so City of York Council have also created a short newsletter for parents and young people to provide useful information all in one place.

To keep up to date with further information please see the City of York Council website.

YorSexualHealth are currently limiting all face-to-face services in order to reduce the risk of transmission of Coronavirus and to enable staff to be re-deployed elsewhere as required. Full details and advice on sexual health and COVID-19 can be found on the YorSexual Health website

CYC Childrens Services have put together a pack of Factsheets for Children and Young People about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how they can protect themselves:

Care Leavers Factsheet

Children CP and CIN Factsheet

Children FEHA Factsheet

Children in Care Factsheet

Primary School Factsheet

Secondary School Factsheet

Young People CP and CIN Factsheet

Young People FEHA Factsheet

Young People in Care Factsheet

Interim guidance has been written by the Designated Professionals for Safeguarding Children and Children in Care, North Yorkshire and York for NHS provider organisations across North Yorkshire and City of York regarding management of Child Protection Medical Examinations during the Covid19 Pandemic (excluding Sexual Abuse medicals*)

The CYSCP has issued COVID-19 Strategy Statutory Child Protection and CYPIC arrangements, giving  guidance on how ICPC, RCPC, core Groups and CYPIC reviews will take place whilst concerns regarding COVID-19 are present and whilst face to face meetings are suspended.

An increase in adults mental health issues is inevitable at this time, the PAMIC tool is available for assessing and responding to the impact of parental mental ill health on children.

City of York Council put together a useful pack of information for parents during lockdown which has lots of information about how to cope with home schooling, talking to children about coronavirus and other sources of support. This can be downloadable here.

Parents of children with additional needs and disabilities can also get support from City of York Council's team of educational psychologists every Wednesday morning, from 9am to11.30am, until 24 March.  To get in touch with the team, please call 01904 553055.

We know that lockdown is difficult for families, so City of York Council have also created a short newsletter for parents and young people to provide useful information all in one place.

To keep up to date with further information please see the City of York Council website.


Support for families

See Hear Respond – rapid support for children and young people affected by the coronavirus crisis

The See Hear Respond Partnership, funded by the Department for Education and managed by Barnardo’s, has now been extended until the end of March 2021.

See Hear Respond has already helped over forty thousand children and young people across England during 2020. Of those who have benefitted from support from See Hear Respond, many were not classed as vulnerable before the COVID-19 pandemic, and others have seen their needs increase over the course of lockdown.

Barnado’s second phase will be focused on providing support for:

  • Families who are not eligible for support from Early Help or any other statutory agency
  • Children who experience barriers to reintegrating back into education and would benefit from short term, focused help to address these barriers
  • Young People best engaged in street based settings where they may be more willing to be engaged or may be at risk of harm or criminality 
  • Parents of children under 5s requiring support

Barnado’s can offer support in a number of ways – in many parts of the country face-to-face support is on offer for those families requiring it. In addition to this, they have found that the digital interventions also on offer allow for more flexible support to be put in place more quickly. Digital interventions can also enable children, young people and families to access support which may not be available in their local area, such as individual work to overcome barriers to returning to school, online group work to develop coping strategies and manage emotions and anxiety, and digital parenting support programmes.

It’s really easy to put in a referral into See Hear Respond – you can call 0800 157 7015 (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday), or go to to complete a simple referral form.

Referrals are responded to quickly, and they work with a range of local and national voluntary sector organisations to put the appropriate support in place. There is also an online support hub at which may be a useful resource for any families you are supporting.

Help for anyone that needs support

We know lockdown has been incredibly difficult for many, and we would urge anyone that needs support to get in touch with the City of York Council Covid support team by or calling 01904 551550.

Live Well York is a website you can use to find helpful information and advice, discover hundreds of local groups, activities and events happening across York. You can also find local companies that will deliver food or supplies direct to you at:

You can create a personalised booklet of information from or, if you don’t have access to the internet, contact the Covid19 helpline and ask them to send one to you.


PHE have launched an updated Psychological First Aid (PFA) digital training module, aimed at all frontline and essential workers and volunteers.

The course aims to increase awareness and confidence to provide psychosocial support to people affected by COVID-19.  PFA is a globally recognised training in emergency situations and has developed this new course as part of our national incident response, and in partnership with NHS England, Health Education England, FutureLearn and E-Learning for Health. 

The course is free, and no previous qualifications are required. It takes around 90 minutes to complete and is also available in three sessions for the learner to complete at their own pace. By the end of the course, outcomes will include: understanding how emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic can affect us, recognising people who may be at increased risk of distress and understanding how to offer practical and emotional support.  

NSPCC Learning are temporarily offering their Safeguarding awareness training for workers who enter people's homes free due to the Coronavirus crisis.

City of York Safeguarding Children Awareness E-learning is available through MyLO, and is aimed for individuals in organisations and voluntary groups who work with children and young people, families or adults who may be parents and/or carers, in York. 

IDAS provide free, online Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Basic Awareness Training:

NSPCC also provide a range of Child Protection online training courses, although there is a charge for these:

If you are going to be recruiting Volunteers to help support families, in the home or school environment, please be aware that they may require Safeguarding Children training. Details of where you can find this training will soon follow.

Advice for Children and Young People during Coronavirus



  • We know that lockdown is difficult for families, so City of York Council have also created a short newsletter for parents and young people to provide useful information all in one place.
  • Barnados have created an advice hub with blogs, tools, and resources to help young people access information and support.   
  • Childline have created top ten tips for children on coping during lockdown.
  • The Children's Commissioner has written a Childrens Guide to the Coronavirus. It answers your questions about coronavirus, tells you how to stay safe and protect other people and helps you make the best of your time at home.
  • Childline has created a new web page with information about Coronavirus. It includes info on what coronavirus is; where you can find help if you are worried; coping with staying at home; and what to do if you feel unwell.
  • Some things that happen in the world can make you feel scared, confused and unsafe, or like you don't have any control. However you feel, it can really help to share feelings and get support. Childline have a great page on how to deal with worries about the world.
  • Relate also has useful advice for children and young people.

Your guide to Mental Health


 Young Minds have some great blogs about what to do if you are anxious about Coronavirus and how to look after your mental health while self-isolating.

Please also see our Children and Young People Mental Health page for more useful tips.

Online Safety 

The NSPCC and O2 are offering free 30 minute webinars for groups of parent, grandparents and carers, making it easy for you to keep your family safe online. Follow the link or email for more information.

The Government has released new guidance for parents and carers on how to help children stay safe online in lockdown.

CEOP has created a Home Activity Packs page to support parents during COVID-19 and the closure of schools. Each fortnight, they will be releasing new home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities you can do with your child to support their online safety at a time when they will spending more time online at home. 

Childrens Commissioner has produced a digital safety and wellbeing kit for parents and a safety guide for children to help ensure they are safe, and their wellbeing is looked after while at home during the coronavirus outbreak when their screen time maybe higher than usual.

North Yorkshire Police have a new page on their website: Coronavirus emergency: Parents and carers urged to help protect youngsters from online paedophiles while off school

Children and young people are more likely to be online over then next few weeks as they learn at home during the Coronavirus outbreak. Don't forget to talk to them about online safety. There's lots of further information and advice online at:

Guidance for Children with Additional Needs

The YorOK website has resources, useful links and information around COVID-19 and children with additional needs. The COVID-19 Guidance for Children with Additional Needs page covers a wide range of information from mental health support, to easy read guides and changes to EHCP assessments.

Help with food and bills this winter

The Winter Support Grant is here to provide financial support to people who are struggling as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Grants are now available to support eligible residents – with or without children - with food and utility bills this winter.

York residents who have savings of less than £2,000 can apply for a grant to help feed themselves and their families, and to keep warm over this difficult period.

From Monday 7 December, apply for it at

For help with applying or for other sources of support in the city, please visit, or or call the council’s Covid Helpline on 01904 551550.

Please see attached a poster with further information and also eligibility criteria.

Face Coverings in relation to Children

City of York Children's Safeguarding Partnership (CYSCP) would like to highlight the importance to parent and carers of not using face coverings on children, particularly babies which has been highlighted in recent media platforms. The Lullaby Trust who raise awareness of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and provides expert advice on safer sleep for babies are urged parents to avoid using face masks on babies and state “We are not aware of any advice for babies to wear masks, whether they are infected or not. There is a potential risk of suffocation and other hazards with doing this”.

From Friday 24th July compulsory face covering in shops will be enforced. The Government guidance states that ‘children under the age of 11 are exempt from wearing a face covering’.

For more information on the Government Guidance click here