team BEDS&LUTON are aware that the Coronavirus certainly presents more challenges around safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. We have therefore provided some information and resources below that you may find useful and helpful during these uncertain times.

The government and NSPCC have also recognised how difficult these times can be for children and a 'We are Still Here' campaign has been launched by the NSPCC supported locally by Bedfordshire Police.

Remember if you're worried about a child or young person, or if you notice that something just doesn't seem right, the NSPCC is here.

You can talk to their helpline team who offer free support and guidance on 0808 800 5000 (8am-10pm Mon-Fri / 9am-6pm weekends) or you can email help@nspcc.org.uk 24/7.

Resources

Helping you support children during the COVID-19 pandemic; NSPCC Learning have provided a list of services and resources to support people working with children, young people and families during this time.

Covid 19 and Safeguarding; The Child Protection in Sport Unit includes advice and guidance on the following information - Remote coaching, Virtual classroom, Changes to DBS and Helplines.

Advice and Support for Parents and Carers; The NSPCC provides information on a number of aspects such as working from home, keeping children safe from abuse, how to cope with tantrums, supporting SEND children and lockdown and separated parents and types of abuse.

Children's Mental Health; The NSPCC provides support and information on how to deal with depression, anxiety and mental health during Covid-19.

Remote teaching and Coaching; The NSPCC and CPSU have given important information for clubs, schools and organisations on how to continue safely.

Safeguarding Adults; The Ann Craft Trust has written a guide on safeguarding adults in sport during Covid-19 in collaboration with Club Matters.

Helplines

Childline

Childline can provide children and young people with free, confidential advice and support. Calls to 0800 1111 are free and children can also get support online. See the Childline website for:

NSPCC

The NSPCC has a number of trained professionals that can talk to you if you have any concerns about a child's wellbeing. Please contact using 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk

Bedfordshire

This provides information on local safeguarding contacts.