Covid-19 lockdown safeguarding advice and emergency contacts

Covid-19 lockdown advice and emergency contacts

Early Help Covid-19 Family Handbook

Mental Health & Wellbeing

During this time when we are staying at home or working in unusual circumstances it is very important to take care of our own mental health and look out for the wellbeing of those around us; we are not only facing the deaths as a result of COVID19 but also due to the mental health fallout. This is particularly pronounced in middle aged men – remember the recipient of our Christmas charity single ‘Stay Another Day’ – Calm, which supports men suffering with depression and at risk of suicide: https://www.thecalmzone.net/

Please also refer to coronavirus toolkit that includes more resources to use with vulnerable children or children with SEND, signposting from Stonewall for the LGBTQ+ community, as well as a resource pack for staff wellbeing and practical activities for adults and children to help stay mentally well.

Visit the Council’s website to access a range of mental health resources for adults and children, including the Five Ways to Wellbeing, Every Mind Matters, and Kooth. This page also has information about what to do if you are experiencing abuse or violence at home, as restrictions have increased that risk.

Domestic abuse

The lockdown can increase the risk of domestic abuse.

Those affected by domestic abuse are encouraged to carry a mobile phone at all times if possible. If you are in immediate danger call 999.

If you are worried about your safety or about the safety of a friend or neighbour, or want to talk to a trained domestic abuse specialist call the following free 24/7 domestic abuse helpline:

Getting support to stop domestic abuse counts as an essential reason to travel.

Access support from a specialist worker if you are unable to access phone and online support, and you are not self-isolating:

  • Leyton Children and Family Centre
    215 Queens Road  E17 8PJ
    between 10am and 4pm every week day

You do not need to have a child to access this service. We are operating the service in accordance with government guidelines so will be implementing physical distancing.

If you are worried about your own harmful behaviour and think you might be at risk of hurting your partner or family contact the Respect help line: 0808 802 4040 / www.respect.uk.net. 

 

Bereavement Support

A further consequence of the current situation is the tragic loss of lives and the families who are experiencing bereavement. The Council has compiled information about coping with bereavement, and suggests services which can provide support including Cruse and Winston’s Wish which provides support for children and young people.