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Imagine this… is a partnership involving 42 organisations working and supporting children, young people and families across Torbay. We deliver a wide range of community-based interventions and actively support the creation of new opportunities.

Our collective aim is to co-design and develop ways to work to provide effective solutions to the problems and challenges young people face. We want to work shoulder to shoulder with them to make Torbay a better place to grow up.

Guided by messages from children and young people the five key challenges we are working on are: 

  • More spaces to hang out 
  • Reduced stress and anxiety 
  • Greater access for ALL 
  • Safer streets 
  • Ways to protect our environment
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Kelly Bedoyan | 01st Jun 2020

COVID 19 – UPDATE 15: Support for children and young people: 31 May 2020

To all Imagine this… partners

In this edition

  • Information sources – including latest updates from GOV.UK
  • Funding News from Imagine this…
  • Imagine this… Partner News: Love Sport
  • Other information & ideas

 We are now making information for children and young people available via https://torbaytogether.org.uk/campaign/imagine-this...during-coronavirus1

Helplines – TCDT on 01803 446022 (which runs from 8am to 8pm 7 days a week) and one staffed by Brixham Does Care 01803 857727 (Mon-Fri 9am to 4.30pm). There is an online form which can be accessed at www.bit.ly/torbayhelpline

Torbay Help Hub on Facebook (group)

Their website is https://www.torbayhelphub.com/

 The website now includes a section for children and families

https://www.torbayhelphub.com/information-young-families

The Torbay Help Hub also includes the latest

Schools and families update from GOV.UK

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vQZswag4bjD5xbm_N9BfmE3E4FNOaXb5fNmRf-jNIIiO7vXgWD5C-cLRtcvL19xZ4DYYDOJ-f8EqYEA/pubhtml?gid=1172243020&single=true

Guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students last updated on 24 May 2020

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings

 GOVERNMENT UPDATES:

Changes to the law on education, health and care needs assessments and plans due to coronavirus
Guidance on temporary changes to special educational needs and disability legislation during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Change made
Updated guidance with additional or amended material, including as to: cases in progress on 1 May 2020; annual reviews for those with EHC plans changing phase of education; actions following a tribunal ruling; and unchanged duties in relation to social care provision in plans. Also improvement to the format of the tables in Annex A and a minor change to footnote 1.

Updated 29 May 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on isolation for residential educational settings

Summary
Guidance to support management of children and young people in residential educational settings, including boarding schools, residential special schools and children’s social care.

Change made
We have made new coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance updates to support management of children and young people in residential educational settings, including boarding schools, residential special schools and children’s social care.

Updated 27 May 2020

Supporting children and young people with SEND as schools and colleges prepare for wider opening

Summary
Guidance for special schools, specialist colleges, local authorities and any other settings managing children and young people with complex special educational needs and disability (SEND).

Change made
Updated to include new information on the recommended approaches that local authorities, educational settings and parents should follow for the return of children and young people with EHC plans, or those with complex needs but who do not have an EHC plan, to educational settings from 1 June 2020.

Updated 26 May 2020

Preparing for the wider opening of schools from 1 June

Page summary

Planning guides for school leaders to help them prepare to open their schools for more pupils during the coronavirus outbreak

Change made

Added ‘Guidance for secondary school provision from 15 June 2020’

Updated 25 May 2020

Guidance

Planning guide for primary schools

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-schools-from-1-june/planning-guide-for-primary-schools

Updated 25 May 2020

Stay alert and safe: social distancing guidance for young people

Page summary

The most important thing we can do is to stay alert, control the virus, and in doing so, save lives.

Change made

HTML version added

Updated 24 May 2020

FUNDING NEWS

Government unlocks £150 million from dormant accounts

for coronavirus response

Published 20 May 2020

Department for Digital, Culture, Media & SportHM TreasuryOffice for Civil SocietyBaroness Barran MBEJohn Glen MP, and The Rt Hon Oliver Dowden CBE MP

  • Building on the unprecedented £750 million charity support package from government
  • £200 million of funding distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund, open for bids from small charities on Friday

The Culture Secretary has announced today (Wednesday 20 May) that £150 million from dormant bank and building society accounts is to be unlocked to help charities, social enterprises and vulnerable individuals during the coronavirus outbreak.

This includes accelerating the release of £71 million of new funds from dormant accounts alongside £79 million already unlocked that will be repurposed to help charities’ coronavirus response and recovery.

The funding will support urgent work to tackle youth unemployment, expand access to emergency loans for civil society organisations and help improve the availability of fair, affordable credit to people in vulnerable circumstances

National Lottery Community Fund is now open.

PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO DEADLINE- APPLICATIONS ARE ASSESSED AS THEY ARE RECEIVED SO DON’T HANG AROUND.

The Guidelines say that the National Lottery will monitor demand closely and that they will give up-dates on any steps those wanting to apply might need to take to help manage the number of applications they get.

CLEARLY, THE FUND COULD CLOSE AT ALMOST ANY POINT- DEPENDING ON THE LEVEL OF APPLICATIONS RECEIVED.

This is not a separate programme- although it’s separate money from the government. It’s been added to the lottery’s existing under £10k coronavirus funding programme.

This streamlines the process, but also means there aren’t two pots to apply for separately, and no second chance if unsuccessful.

The National Lottery Community Fund is prioritising “small and medium sized” organisations.   This has now been clarified as follows:

Small = Income of £10,000 to £100,000. Medium= Income of £100,000- £1million.

HOWEVER, THAT DOES NOT MEAN WE THEY WILL NOT CONSIDER APPLICATIONS FROM OTHERs WHO DON’T MEET THE CRITERIA.

If you are a little smaller than £10,000 or slightly over the £1million threshold it’s probably worth applying, but as soon as you possibly can.

www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/covid-19/learn-about-applying-for-emergency-funding-in-england/

FUNDING AVAILABLE NOW – Closing dates 10 and 22 JUNE

More information attached to this update or contact Jo or Tanny

Imagine this… Partner News:

Love Sports www.lovesportsproject.com – the provision is mostly for those with whom we have regular contact and good relationships with – though our offer is open to all.

We mainly connect with:

  1. Young People at risk of criminal exploitation - therefore experiencing increased vulnerability at this time where protective factors have been removed. We have built relationships over the last few years largely through Turning Corners Project which we hope will be a key protective factor at this time.
  2. Children, young people and families who attend our sports coaching sessions - many of these are connected to our basketball club, including sending things through key schools and supporting with food delivery to families. Currently in lockdown our teams are involved in delivering the following:

Street Based Engagement:

  • Visiting hotspots or areas where young people are most likely to be. 
  • Mostly staying in vehicles with some walks around Paignton town centre, Parkfield, Victoria Park and Victoria Square and some sites in Torquay
  • Engaging in conversation whilst maintaining social distancing and encourage young people to follow guidance and let them know we are available to contact for support
  • Intelligence gathering/sharing
  • Supported by Police
  • 5 days a week
  • Decontamination facilities at our premises in Victoria Square.

Remote Support and Contact:

  • Regular check ins with those identified as most vulnerable
  • DMs on project Social Media Accounts
  • Live broadcasts via Insta
  • Text available via work mobiles

Sports:

  • Weekly workouts for fitness and basketball - videos posted via social and to parents where we have contacts
  • Weekly challenges - videos posted via social and to parents where we have contacts
  • Street Games Young Leaders - remotely we are recruiting and working with young people interested in Sports coaching with an emphasis on those who have been referred through partners in the Criminal Justice system.

Listeners Project:

  • 5 days a week
  • Finalising the training dates
  • Free training for 16-18 years to help them to 'Listen' to peers, helping them, to be a good friend, building community resilience amongst young people
  • Our team will be able to offer phone appointments to young people who would like additional support
  • Liaising with CAHMS and others doing a similar thing around the country

We are also working on plans and ideas for the next phase of lockdown

My Breaking the Barrier Challenge for Lifeworks

LEARNING DISABILITY IS NO BARRIER

Hello,

I am, along with some very brave and energetic young people, taking on the Breaking the Barrier Challenge, a two-hour stamina challenge involving circuits, zumba and hula-hoops! We’re doing it on the Saturday of Learning Disability Week raising money for Breaking the Barrier (flyer attached), our ultimate aim is to make outdoor sports accessible to young people and adults with learning disabilities and their families all your round but for now we’re confined to little boxes on Zoom. We have been in training with local fitness instructors, Lift the Lid and Sophie Carr for 3 weeks and are up to 50 minutes on the trot already J.   Chef Michela has been making healthful smoothies with us to keep our energy levels up and we’re nearly set to give it a go and, here it comes, a little moral support at this time would really spur us on…

Each of us have a target of £50 to raise so if you can, please donate just a little bit, but if you can’t or it’s not your thing please don’t worry.

If you can help us get the word out that we’re doing this that would be fab J

You can donate to my JustGiving page by clicking here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sarah-jane-Lowson?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=sarah-jane-Lowson&utm_campaign=pfp-email&utm_term=7887612c2d4042058de6acf57b3f6b1c.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to Lifeworks Charity Ltd., so it's the most efficient way to give - saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

The other thing you could do… if inspired or just a little bit bonkers is to join in on the day:

12-2pm on Saturday 20 June

You can register for the event here: communityprojects@lifeworks-uk.org

and you can set up your own just giving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/BtB2020  

It’s really simple - Step by step sign up information attached

Other interesting information and ideas

Young people’s anxiety increases as fears for future employment

prospects mount, warns The Prince’s Trust

 More than one in four young people claim their future career prospects have already been damaged by the coronavirus crisis, while half (49 per cent) say it will be “harder than ever” to get a job

  • Forty-three per cent of young people say their anxiety levels have increased due to the pandemic and a third say they are overwhelmed by feelings of panic and anxiety on a daily basis
  • Almost half (47 per cent) say they don’t feel in control of their lives, significantly higher than findings from just five months ago, supported by L’Oréal Paris
  • The Prince’s Trust is calling on government, businesses and charities to come together to prevent a youth jobs crisis and to ensure a generation doesn’t lose hope

Research conducted during lockdown reveals how more than a quarter of 16-to-25 year olds (29 per cent) feel their future career prospects have already been damaged by the coronavirus pandemic, while 46 per cent say that finding a job now feels “impossible”.

The Prince’s Trust and YouGov report, Young People in Lockdown (pdf, 3mb),

 

And what one little boy in Newcastle asked his Grandma this week

"When is it going to be legal to have friends again?"

 

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Kelly Bedoyan | 26th May 2020

The May newsletter can be read here.

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Kelly Bedoyan | 26th May 2020

COVID 19 – UPDATE 14: Support for children and young people: 24 May 2020

To all Imagine this… partners

In this edition

  • Information sources – including latest updates from GOV.UK
  • Funding News
  • Imagine this… Partner News: 0 – 19 News; South West Family Values; The Torbay Young Carers, Sound Communities
  • Other information & ideas 

We are now making information for children and young people available via https://torbaytogether.org.uk/campaign/imagine-this...during-coronavirus1

Helplines – TCDT on 01803 446022 (which runs from 8am to 8pm 7 days a week) and one staffed by Brixham Does Care 01803 857727 (Mon-Fri 9am to 4.30pm). There is an online form which can be accessed at www.bit.ly/torbayhelpline

Torbay Help Hub on Facebook (group)

Their website is https://www.torbayhelphub.com/

The website now includes a section for children and families

https://www.torbayhelphub.com/information-young-families

The Torbay Help Hub also includes the latest

Schools and families update from GOV.UK

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vQZswag4bjD5xbm_N9BfmE3E4FNOaXb5fNmRf-jNIIiO7vXgWD5C-cLRtcvL19xZ4DYYDOJ-f8EqYEA/pubhtml?gid=1172243020&single=true

Guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students last updated on 22 May 2020

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings

Here are the latest updates:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings

Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care.

Updated 15 May 2020

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-school-closures/guidance-for-schools-about-temporarily-closing#behaviour-and-exclusions

Updating behaviour polices

Guidance for schools 18 May 2020

£37 million to support children with complex needs
The multi-million-pound settlement will help low-income families with seriously ill or disabled children with the cost of equipment, goods or services

First published 19 May 2020

Adapting teaching practice for remote education at a special needs secondary school
The headteacher of a special needs secondary school discusses their approach.
First published.

Updated 21 May 2020

Case studies: remote education practice for schools during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Examples of practice for remote education from schools and academies across England.

Change made
Additional case studies about adapting teaching practice for remote education.

Updated 21 May 2020

Online education resources for home learning

Online educational resources for schools and parents to help children to learn at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Change made
Updated list of online resources with additional resources organised by key stage.

Updated 22 May 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): scientific evidence supporting the UK government response
The national and global response to the spread of COVID-19 continues to develop quickly and our collective knowledge of the virus is growing by the second.

Change made
We have updated the list of evidence provided to SAGE with a batch of reports on children and schools.

Updated 22 May 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings
Guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students.
Added ‘Preparing for the wider opening of early years and childcare settings from 1 June’.

Updated 24 May 2020 

FUNDING NEWS
The government’s new Support Fund through the National Lottery is now open for applications,

www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding

This new funding stream makes available £200 million in funding that will primarily be aimed at small to medium organisations.

The Fund has two key objectives:

  1. To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations
  2. To reduce temporary closure of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 have the financial resources to operate, and so reduce the burden on public services.

Grants will allow organisations to meet service costs, where they are experiencing increased demand and/or short-term income disruption. Grants will also allow organisations to refocus services to address more immediate beneficiary needs in the light of COVID-19.

Please see The National Lottery Community Fund funding pages for further details on how to apply- these will be on their website from 10-00am on Friday, 22nd May.

www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding

www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/news/press-releases/2020-05-20/statement-about-the-coronavirus-community-support-fund

Resource to navigate financial support for VCSE organisations during Covid-19 

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has today published a resource to enable charities to view current government funding opportunities and other support for VCSE organisations during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The resource, which will be updated as further announcements are made, sets out the funding opportunities available through the £750m civil society support package announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 8 April. It includes:

Government funds for VCSE organisations that are open for applications

A roundup of all government support for VCSE, including funding that has been directly awarded by government departments to charities addressing the crisis

Information on other forms of financial support available through HM Treasury

Details of other funding support, including BBC Children in Need and the National Lottery Community Foundation.

The resource is available through the: Office for Civil Society website.

BBC Children in Need Covid-19 2020 Booster Grants

is a programme that will award small grants of up to £5,000 to organisations working with children and young people who have been impacted by COVID-19. These grants are designed to help organisations change, adapt and expand their approach to delivering their work. This is so they can better support the children and young people they currently work with.

BBC Children in Need Larger Grants programme

will open for applications from the 8 June 2020. The funding is for organisations delivering support for Children and Young People affected by COVID-19. Eligible organisations will be able to apply for up to £80,000. These grants can last up to 18 months. It is designed for established organisations who are already delivering work in their communities and further afield.

0-19 Partnership News – please check the Imagine this… campaign Torbay Together website

https://torbaytogether.org.uk/activities/c-imagine-this...during-coronavirus1

South West Family Values

‘Little bags of sunshine’ project during the Coronavirus

Aims:

  • To give vulnerable families a bag full of activities to alleviate stress and boredom during the Coronavirus pandemic
  • To bring some happiness to the home environments
  • To encourage children and adults to come together through play and discovery
  • To introduce families to the Forest School ethos through their bags
  • To encourage families to use their garden, balcony, their outside space or during their daily exercise walk
  • To provide inspiration for play and ideas to use in the future.

Information/data gathered to highlight the impact of the ‘Little bags of sunshine’ activity bags created and delivered for vulnerable families across Torbay, funded by Roslin Hall Charity.

All activities and bags were created taking individual children’s age, needs and housing environment into consideration.

All bags contained a welcome letter, Orchard Forest School leaflet for future reference and information sheets for every activity with examples and ideas of how to use the resources in gardens, outside spaces and on the family’s daily exercise walk; the majority of activities were also transferrable into the family home.

All the actual bags were created and donated by Liz (Louise’s Forest School friend) and Linda (Liz’s mum) in Ottery St Mary, Exeter. All bags had a small label on them saying ‘Little bag of sunshine’ and on the other side- ‘This bag was made with love for the xxxxxxx family.’ ‘Stay Safe!’

39 families received the bags; impacting on 103 children (plus parents/carers!).

Age range of children: 6months – 18years old.

‘Little bags of sunshine’

Additionally, Louise our Forest School leader has been creating craft videos for us to publish on various forms of social media for parents to see and hopefully do with their children whilst stuck indoors. There are a variety of ideas including sensory play, Japanese crafts and bird feeders.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQRVYUXSOAgoUtb0CfcJdcQ?view_as=subscriber 

The Torbay Young Carers

The Torbay Young Carers ‘Carers Club News’ is also attached to the email with this Update with lots and lots of great ideas

Sound Communities

As reported in Update 8 since the first week of lockdown Sound Communities and Ocean Youth have been sharing young people's voices through Shipwreck Radio. You can listen in live (and afterwards to recorded episodes) here:
https://www.spreaker.com/show/shipwreck-radio
https://www.spreaker.com/show/ocean-xtra

Sound Communities need your voices! call out for content contributions…
Sound Communities young producers want to connect with anyone out there who wants to get involved. Have you got an interesting perspective on lockdown, a story to tell, or something to share? Do you know someone else who has who you can connect us to. They want to include as many voices as possible in our shows. If you, or someone you know, would like to be interviewed over the phone and be part of making Shipwreck Radio please get in touch - it might be as simple as a 2 minute conversation - or more if you want!

Please contact either Mike (mike@soundcommunities.co.uk) or Clare (clare@soundcomunities.co.uk) or via facebook @SoundCommunitiesCIC

We're in this together..

At the end of March Sound Communities put out an offer to partners and schools who might want to create their own audio podcast content at a subsidised rate during lockdown. We are so pleased that since then we have already started working with a number of groups who are all now up and running creating and recording their own content including:

  • Torbay Youth Trust Young Carers
  • Lifeworks (via Safe Space)
  • Doorstep Arts Protest and Rebellion project

Content is now being created through this as a unique archive of young voices from these extraordinary times - a sort of message in a bottle - and are so pleased to partner up on supporting young people to get their voices heard.

Sound Communities/Ocean Youth is also delivering Radio Ahead project using the online Shipwreck Radio model. This project supports disadvantaged year 6 children through their transition to year 7 - always a difficult transition but made incredibly difficult for young people under the current lockdown conditions. They are currently working with 4 Torbay primary schools to deliver this project - starting online and moving to face to face delivery at the earliest possible opportunity. Sound Communities has successfully fundraised for additional support to get equipment out to these young people to set up a home studio for recording, and to distribute the audio content made by the young people nationally on Fun Kids.

Other interesting information and ideas

Please check this organisation… www.wilstockhub.com 

Does someone you know deserve an honour? 

You can nominate someone who lives in the UK for a national honour for their contribution to the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

They might be a frontline worker, or someone providing care to a vulnerable person. Or they could be someone you know who is volunteering in the community to help and support vulnerable people. Or someone who has come up with a clever way to help people, or gone to enormous lengths to keep critical services going.   

It's your choice. You just need to give the nominee's name, contact details, their role, and a bit of information about what a difference that person has made. 

There's a form online to submit your nomination, and you email it to covid-19nominations@cabinetoffice.gov.uk


And as the National Trust reopen their grounds some more lovely ideas for families:

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/for-families

 

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Kelly Bedoyan | 19th May 2020

COVID 19 – UPDATE 13: Support for children and young people: 17 May 2020

To all Imagine this… partners

The Imagine this… steering group met on Friday 15 May and actions from this meeting will be available shortly.

Helplines – TCDT on 01803 446022 (which runs from 8am to 8pm 7 days a week) and one staffed by Brixham Does Care 01803 857727 (Mon-Fri 9am to 4.30pm). There is an online form which can be accessed at www.bit.ly/torbayhelpline

Torbay Help Hub on Facebook (group)

Their website is https://www.torbayhelphub.com/

The website now includes a section for children and families

https://www.torbayhelphub.com/information-young-families

The Torbay Help Hub also includes the latest

Schools and families update from GOV.UK

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vQZswag4bjD5xbm_N9BfmE3E4FNOaXb5fNmRf-jNIIiO7vXgWD5C-cLRtcvL19xZ4DYYDOJ-f8EqYEA/pubhtml?gid=1172243020&single=true


Guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students last updated on 15 May 2020

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings

Here are the latest updates:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings
Added link to guidance on ‘Actions for educational and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020’ in the ‘Overarching guidance for educational settings’ section. Also added link to guidance on ‘implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings’ in the ‘COVID-19 infection prevention and control’ section.

Updated 12 May 2020

Coronavirus (COVID 19): online education resources

Online educational resources for schools and parents to help children to learn at home.

Updated to include further information on how the high-quality resources list will be kept up to date.

Updated 13 May 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings

Added both Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak and Procurement Policy Note 02/20: Supplier relief due to COVID-19 under Finance and administration.

Updated 13 May 2020

Critical workers who can access schools or educational settings

List of critical workers (key workers) who can send their children to school or other educational settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Updated to reflect that children of critical workers are encouraged to attend school, and to reflect plans for wider opening of schools from 1 June, at the earliest. Updated information defining vulnerable children, in line with existing guidance, for the purpose of continued education.

Updated 14 May 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings
Added ‘Preparing for the wider opening of schools from 1 June’.

Updated 14 May 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings

Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care.

Updated 15 May 2020

Parents, carers, children and education

There has been quite a lot of discussion about children and young people going back to school. Here is a flavour:

Covid-19 and children: what does the science tell us, and what does this mean as the lockdown is eased?

Key points

  • Children are much less likely to become seriously illfrom Covid-19 than adults and appear less likely to become infected.
  • Unlike with influenza, it appears that children are not more likely than adults to spread the disease and may be significantly less likely.
  • There are good grounds for thinking that outdoor environments present a low risk of infectioncompared to indoor ones, especially where the time spent in close proximity to other people is short.
  • Pandemic control measures are likely to lead to significant collateral damage to children, with the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children worst affected.
  • Government, local authorities and other public agencies should take a balanced approach to supporting childrenthrough the pandemic. They should:
    • Encourage schools and child-care centres to take learning activities outdoors, prioritising play and breaks, and maximize outdoor play time, as they reopen.
    • Open all remaining closed parks, review the closure of playgrounds, and take a supportive approach to the oversight of children’s play and socialising in public space.
    • Address the circumstances of disadvantaged children as a matter of urgency.
    • Prioritise children’s active travel to school, to help reduce peak hours congestion.
    • Closely monitor emerging evidence, especially from countries that have relevant experience of relaxing measures.
    • Encourage the public to engage with and understand the science behind the pandemic and keep them informed as it grows.

Written by Tim Gill who benefited from the expertise of Dr Alasdair Munro, a clinical research fellow in paediatric infectious diseases – full article:

https://rethinkingchildhood.com/2020/05/14/covid-19-children-science-lockdown-schools-childcare-outdoor-play/  

The Children’s Commissioner, England

Has published a briefing: Tackling the disadvantage gap during the Covid-19 crisis

Attached as a PDF with this Update

Action for Children – tips for Home Schooling

https://www.parents.actionforchildren.org.uk/home-schooling-help?gclid=EAIaIQobChMItJfMssG66QIVgu3tCh2bOgKJEAAYAiAAEgLY9vD_BwE

Twinkl

The trusted home of teacher-created planning and assessment materials and teaching resources! Perfect for inside and outside the classroom. Providing home learning resources during COVID-19 Pandemic.

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/parents

There is also a level of concern about young people’s mental health and well-being; last week we received a number of useful documents which we have attached to this Update

  • Torbay and South Devon’s COVID19 Emotional Wellbeing Helpline

·       Every Mind Matters: WHERE TO GET URGENT HELP FOR MENTAL HEALTH

·       Every Mind Matters: WHERE TO GET SUPPORT FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

Resources from Action against Suicide

http://www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk/help-around-a-death/covid-19.aspx

Funding

As you may be aware Robin Causley the Community Funding Advisor with Torbay Community

Development Trust regularly circulates information about sources of funding. This week was no exception please see:

GRIN INTERIM UPDATE – 4th MAY 2020
The next full database will be circulated on Monday 1 June 2020

COME TOGETHER IN A CRISIS

Week 4 will start on Monday 18th please visit www.arts-lab.co.uk

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Kelly Bedoyan | 12th May 2020

COVID 19 – UPDATE 12: Support for children and young people: 11 May 2020

 

To all Imagine this… partners 

We are now making information for children and young people available via https://torbaytogether.org.uk/campaign/imagine-this...during-coronavirus1

Helplines – TCDT on 01803 446022 (which runs from 8am to 8pm 7 days a week) and one staffed by Brixham Does Care 01803 857727 (Mon-Fri 9am to 4.30pm). There is an online form which can be accessed at www.bit.ly/torbayhelpline

Torbay Help Hub on Facebook (group)

Their website is https://www.torbayhelphub.com/

The website now includes a section for children and families

https://www.torbayhelphub.com/information-young-families

The Torbay Help Hub also includes the latest

Schools and families update from GOV.UK

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vQZswag4bjD5xbm_N9BfmE3E4FNOaXb5fNmRf-jNIIiO7vXgWD5C-cLRtcvL19xZ4DYYDOJ-f8EqYEA/pubhtml?gid=1172243020&single=true

Guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students last updated on 10 May 2020

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings?utm_source=f310d00d-8913-4b72-bb0e-0afd960e9b32&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

Here are the latest updates:

Conducting a SEND risk assessment during the coronavirus outbreak
Updated to reflect the SEND regulations changes. Also added information about how the guidance affects children/young people with an EHC plan and a social worker and new information on how to keep staff and pupils safe and reduce the risk of infection in educational settings.

Updated 7 May 2020

Statistics: special educational needs (SEN)

Statistics on pupils with SEN, including information on educational attainment, destinations, absence, exclusions, and characteristics.

Updated 7 May 2020

Special educational needs: analysis and summary of data sources
Analysis and links to data sources on children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) or a disability in England.

Updated 7 May 2020

Update on technology support for children and schools during coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Department for Education will provide the following for some disadvantaged children and young people who do not currently have access to them from other sources, such as their school:

  • digital devices (laptops and tablets)
  • internet access

Who can receive digital devices and internet access

Laptops and tablets will be provided for disadvantaged families, children and young people who do not currently have access to them through another source, such as their school. Digital devices can be requested for:

  • care leavers
  • children and young people aged 0 to 19 with a social worker
  • disadvantaged year 10 pupils

Please note – This process is being managed by the Local Authority. For more information please see:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/get-help-with-technology-for-remote-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19

If there are young people who would benefit from digital support but do not fit the criteria, rumour has it that there may be some refurbished Chrome Books available for £40 – contact Tanny.

Updating Safeguarding Policy arrangements during COVID 19

Donna Frost the Safeguarding Lead for Children’s Services circulated two helpful documents at the end of last week and are attached to this Update:

  • Safeguarding Policy Template
  • Safeguarding Bulletin May 2020

The Torbay Early Help Sub-Group

This group chaired by Victoria McGeough met last week to receive an update and overview of the Children’s Services adaptions and responses in response to COVID-19 and to hear updates from partners (including the voluntary and statutory sectors) – to understand any service changes and responses to COVID-19, including any trends / themes identified in referrals / intervention. Minutes of this meeting will be available shortly.

The Children's Commissioner for England, in association with the privacy law firm Schillings, has produced a digital safety and wellbeing kit for parents and a safety guide for children to help keep children safe and well online during the coronavirus outbreak.
Read the news story: Digital safety and wellbeing kit
Download the kit: Parents' digital safety and wellbeing kit (PDF)
Download the guide: Children's guide to staying safe online (PDF) 

A new storybook that aims to help children understand and come to terms with COVID-19 has been produced by a collaboration of more than 50 organizations working in the humanitarian sector, including the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Save the Children.https://www.unhcr.org/news/press/2020/4/5e8ecdba4/childrens-storybook-released-help-children-young-people-cope-covid-19.html

Safeguarding Training

The need to update Level 3 training has been waived at the current time. (Government guidance published 27th March: Coronavirus (COVID-19): safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers:

‘It is acknowledged that DSL training is very unlikely to take place during this period (although the option of online training can be explored). For the period COVID-19 measures are in place, a DSL (or deputy) who has been trained will continue to be classed as a trained DSL (or deputy) even if they miss their refresher training’

Please remember there are still opportunities to undertake ELearning with Ilearn.

Courses currently available include:

An Introduction to Modern Slavery Link: https://torbay.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=480

An Introduction to Trans awareness: Link: https://torbay.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=391

Introduction to FGM: Link: https://torbay.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=672

Drug and Alcohol Awareness: Link: https://torbay.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=593

Introduction to Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence: Link: https://torbay.learningpool.com/course/view.php?id=689

For Children's Services and Torbay Safeguarding Children Partnership training follow this link: - http://torbay.learningpool.com

BBC Own It App updated for COVID-19
The BBC's Own It app helps young people new to social media manage their well-being, whilst empowering children to make smart choices, and helping them to lead a positive life online.
The Own It app and keyboard lets children:

  • get advice whenever they type
  • track their feelings
  • win badges as they reflect
  • find help when they need it
  • taking quizzes to learn more about themselves

The app also includes a special keyboard to use which offers helpful tips and friendly advice to children when they need it.
The app can be downloaded for free from the App Store or Google Play.
Further information can be found here: https://www.bbc.com/ownit/take-control/own-it-app

Activities and Ideas from Imagine this…Partners

Moonhack 2020 - coding activity

This year’s Moonhack - Hackathon, is taking place online 25 -31 May 2020, still time to get some teams together for this https://moonhack.com/

Paignton Library has been tweeting Code Club activities over the past few weeks. If anyone would like to share anything they have done with Scratch or Python etc please share with @paigntonlibrary on twitter.

While Code Club is aimed at young people aged 9-13 years but anyone can share their projects as it helps to inspire others to do the same.

Paul also sends out mini activities, to try and engage more people with coding and computing based activities – you can contact Paul on zleap@zleap.net

Torbay Sunflower Trail

Dan Best, Community Builder for Barton, Hele and Watcombe said

‘Currently because people cannot visit our “Our Space project” at Acorn Centre, so we thought we could bring some growing to the residents of the bay and hopefully spread some smiles and cheer.

The idea is simple, we have initial have about 350-400 free Sunflower growing kits, which are being funded by Peoples Health Trust Funding and Positive People. We get the kits out to the community, who grow them at home and were possible put out for people to see when walking a around on their daily exercise. For those who don’t have access to area at the front of where they live, we are adding colouring sheets to go in windows.

There has also been a Facebook group called ‘Torbay Sunflower Trail’ set up, so we can share online. As well as the main event page on Our Space page too, with the event launching on Sunday as part of the “Creative at Home” Festival.

So if anyone know of any individuals or groups who might like to get involved, then please do spread the word of this event. We are not limited to initial 350 kits; we can make more.

If you want to know more, have questions or want to help. Then please contact me or Natasha.

Dan Best

Community Builder / Timebank Coordinator for Barton, Hele & Watcombe. Ageing Well Project.

Ageingwelltorbay.com

Tele: 07905 765 263.

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Kelly Bedoyan | 07th May 2020

COVID 19 – UPDATE 11: Support for children and young people: 7 May 2020

To all Imagine this… partners

Helplines – TCDT on 01803 446022 (which runs from 8am to 8pm 7 days a week) and one staffed by Brixham Does Care 01803 857727 (Mon-Fri 9am to 4.30pm). There is an online form which can be accessed at www.bit.ly/torbayhelpline

Torbay Help Hub on Facebook (group)

Their website is https://www.torbayhelphub.com/

The website now includes a section for children and families

https://www.torbayhelphub.com/information-young-families

The Torbay Help Hub also usefully includes the latest

Schools and families update from GOV.UK

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vQZswag4bjD5xbm_N9BfmE3E4FNOaXb5fNmRf-jNIIiO7vXgWD5C-cLRtcvL19xZ4DYYDOJ-f8EqYEA/pubhtml?gid=1172243020&single=true


Guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students last updated on 6 May 2020

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings?utm_source=f310d00d-8913-4b72-bb0e-0afd960e9b32&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

Here are the latest updates:

Coronavirus (COVID 19): online education resources
Online educational resources for schools and parents to help children to learn at home.

Updated 6 May 2020

Schools block funding formulae
Updated 6 May 2020

Case studies: remote education practice for schools during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated 5 May 2020

Supporting the wellbeing of primary pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

Updated 5 May 2020

Critical workers who can access schools or educational settings

Updated 5 May 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings

Updated, 4 May 2020

What parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak

Updated 1 May 2020

Changes to the law on education, health and care needs assessments and plans due to coronavirus

Updated 30 April 2020

SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 years

Updated 30 April 2020

Independent special schools and colleges

Updated 30 April 2020

The HYPE Project

The HYPE project is an online recruitment and resource platform for young adults (aged 16 and over) that aims to facilitate young people’s involvement in research and improve access to online and community-based social and health-related resources.

HYPE is asking young people living in the UK aged 16 years and older to help by taking part in this project. 

Everyone who completes the online survey will be included in a monthly prize draw for a chance to win one of three £10 vouchers.

The organisers would like to increase uptake among people under-represented in research including young adults who may be disproportionately affected by the pandemic (e.g. BAME, LGBTQ+ and young men).and are requesting reposting/retweeting from social media - Twitter: @hype_project

Instagram: @hype_projectkcl

The project is supported by the National Institute for Health Research Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre and based at King’s College London.

Renewed call for Early Years curriculum to be extended to seven years

Campaigners say that play and well-being must be at the centre of young children's development and learning after the coronavirus crisis, when children return to early years settings and school.

https://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/article/renewed-call-for-early-years-curriculum-to-be-extended-up-to-seven

Activities and Ideas from Imagine this…Partners: 

How to Make Your VE Day ‘Great British Bunting’ on Friday

Leaflet attached to this Update

Doorstep Arts

Dance On Your Doorstep Challenge
We're making a dance video for 'I Want To Break Free' and we need your help! Send a recording of you dancing to the song on your doorstep to polly@doorsteparts.co.uk and we'll add you to our video.  Clips can be any length. If recording on a phone or tablet, please hold it sideways in landscape mode when filming.

Clean Up Your Doorstep - Poster Competition

We have launched our 2020 #CleanUpYourDoorstep poster design competition, for the third year in a row. This is all about advocating for preventing litter, doing beach cleans, taking part in climate action and looking after our environment.
Many of the Torbay schools took part in this competition last year. This is a great remote learning opportunity for children to do during lockdown. There are 4 age categories: 4-6yrs, 7-11yrs, 12-14 yrs, 15-20yrs. The winning design will be printed on a poster which is put up all over Torbay and will also be printed on a canvas tote bag which can be purchased, with all proceeds going to Torbay Cleaner Coasts Initiative. Final deadline 1 July 2020. Details on how they can submit their designs here.

Doorstep interactive videos for dance, singing, & imaginative play:

Our lead Teaching Artists have been creating short videos for children and young people to engage with from home. Polly has done a Vimeo dance route teaching video to Elton John's I'm Still Standing for some fun during lockdown and our vocal teacher Heidi has a video just after that teaching the singing part too.
More of these to come! Polly has also been doing interactive imaginative play & story sessions for Early Years children on Wednesday mornings. All these Early Years videos can be accessed by parents on our Facebook page here

Protest & Rebellion: a creative project for young people

An ensemble of young people aged 11-20 is working throughout lockdown, exploring past protest/rebellion in Torbay, devising an original musical production with digital, video and live elements.  Drawing on heritage research, young people are working with the Doorstep team and visiting arts professionals to devise a creative response during lockdown. 
There are still opportunities for young people to get involved, either as a member of the creative team, or by submitting their responses to our open call in May/June. If you are a young songwriter, musician, writer, performer, visual artist, filmmaker or director aged 11-20 and you’re keen to be involved in the creative team, get in touch. Email erin@doorsteparts.co.uk to find out more or visit our website

Children’s Society Torbay

In terms of mental health support, the Children’s Society has Wellbeing Practitioners and qualified counsellors providing mental health support via phone, text, email and video conference. If young people are wishing to access our service and can’t because of a lack of IT we may be able to help out as we can apply for tablets, mifi’s (portable internet devices) and smart phones from our national organisation.

Anyone can make a referral with the consent of the young person or the young people can refer themselves 01803 290330. Same number for referrals for the substance misuse treatment service and sexual abuse and exploitation services. Currently there is reduced capacity but all services are operating at distance and online.

Leaflets attached to this Update

 

Great Parks Community Centre, Paignton

Great Parks Community Centre, QED – is distributing activity packs to families/young people on the estate in response to Covid-19 (funded by Sanctuary and other small funding pots secured) and working with Imagine Torbay multicultural CIC to distribute hot cooked meals every Friday to families on the estate. 

‘This week there was a special note to all the Mad Hatter kids

Hope you are well and staying safe. We are going to be sending you all this Covid 19 time- capsule kit. Please keep and enjoy doing these and when Mad Hatters return, we will do a real capsule and bury them for the future’

Time Capsule leaflet attached to this Update

Foxhole Community Centre

Foxhole Community Centre – has been delivering activity packs for children and families in response to Covid-19 and providing hot meals for families that need them along with food parcels. They are also collecting medication, prescriptions, and shopping for those self- isolating/shielding. 

See also Youth Booklet from Sanctuary attached to this Update

Torbay Children’s Postcard

Torbay Council has produced a postcard with helpline phone numbers. Please contact Tanny if you are in direct contact with young people and would like hard copies to pass on. An electronic copy is attached to this Update

                                                                            

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Kelly Bedoyan | 04th May 2020

COVID 19 – UPDATE 10: Support for children and young people: 29 April 2020

To all Imagine this… partners, our next virtual meeting is Thursday 30 April from 10.00 – 11.00am

We are now making information for children and young people available via https://torbaytogether.org.uk/campaign/imagine-this...during-coronavirus1

Imagine this… partners please help us? Could you send your logo and any information about activities to Jo or Tanny so these it can be included in the Campaign – Imagine this…during coronavirus.  

Helplines – TCDT on 01803 446022 (which runs from 8am to 8pm 7 days a week) and one staffed by Brixham Does Care 01803 857727 (Mon-Fri 9am to 4.30pm). There is an online form which can be accessed at www.bit.ly/torbayhelpline

Torbay Help Hub on Facebook (group)

Their website is https://www.torbayhelphub.com/

The website now includes a section for children and families https://www.torbayhelphub.com/familieschildreninfo

The Torbay Help Hub also usefully includes the latest

Schools and families update from GOV.UK 23 April 2020Guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students last updated on 28 April 2020

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings?utm_source=f310d00d-8913-4b72-bb0e-0afd960e9b32&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

Here are the latest updates:

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

    • 28 April 2020

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus outbreak

    • 24 April 2020

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak

    • 24 April 2020

Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus outbreak

    • 24 April 2020

Using clusters and hubs to maintain educational provision

    • 24 April 2020

Providing free school meals during the coronavirus outbreak

    • 24 April 2020

Managing school premises during the coronavirus outbreak

    • 24 April 2020

Use of free early education entitlements funding during the coronavirus outbreak

    • 28 April 2020

Get help with technology and remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Following the announcement by the Secretary of State for Education on Sunday 19 April at the time of writing, we have had no further information.

Activities and Ideas from Imagine this…Partners 

News from Youth Genesis

MESSAGE A Youth Worker

www.facebook.com/YouthGenesisTrustLtd

info@youthgenesis.org.uk

www.youthgenesis.org.uk

Here if you need us! for 13-19 year olds.

Contact Michelle: 07572 235 456 or Tina: 07572 235 519 for more details

Poster/ leaflet attached to this Update 

Online Youth Spaces

www.facebook.com/YouthGenesisTrustLtd

info@youthgenesis.org.uk

www.youthgenesis.org.uk

Tuesdays Cranbrook Youth Space 4.00 – 6.00pm

Thursdays Dartmouth Decks Online 6.00 – 8.00pm; Chillington Time2Chill 6.00 – 8.00pm

Fridays Heads Up Torbay 4.00 – 6.00pm; Brixham Youth Online 6.00 – 8.00pm;

South Hams Youth Leisure Nights Online Totnes/ Ivybridge 7.00- 9.00pm; Torrington Youth Space 7.00 – 9.00pm

Parent Access

info@youthgenesis.org.uk

www.youthgenesis.org.uk

What is Parent Access?

A safe space for parents/guardians to talk to someone and to be listened to.

A safe space to access tools to support your child with any issues they may be experiencing.

A safe space to be signposted to other organisations that can offer your child support during this time. For parents/guardians with children aged 10-17 years

Monday – Friday from 4.00 – 5.30pm (during term time only)

Parents/Guardians can call or text Steve on 07507 267716 Youth Genesis Trust,

Parent Access recognises its responsibilities to safeguard the welfare of all children and young people, by a commitment to a practice which protects them. Confidentiality will always be adhered to, except when a safeguarding concern is raised.

Youth Genesis Posters/ leaflets attached to this Update

Torbay Youth Service

Torbay Youth Service is here for young people! We are now part of the new Torbay Youth Trust (together with the Young Carers Service). Young people aged 13+ years can reach us for info & support, or just to say Hi - by searching for our new Torbay Youth Service Private Group. There are 3 quick & easy joining questions and we ask that we are able to check out with your parents/carers that they are ok for you to be part of the group.

Parents and carers of children and young people aged 8+ years are very welcome to like our Torbay Youth Trust Page. This Page hosts the Youth Service Private Group (and that of the Young Carers Service Private Group for children, young people & their families). On the Youth Trust Page parents/carers of young people, including those under 13 years are able to also obtain useful information about what support and activities are on offer in Torbay (currently virtually and via texts/calling).

You will all receive a warm welcome to our safe, online communities and you can chat to our trained and experienced youth workers using the messaging options or by emailing us at info@torbayyouthtrust.org.uk

Homestart

https://www.home-start.org.uk/Pages/News/

Please can you spread the word to parents and carers that Homestart volunteers are still offering one-to-one support via text, audio, video. If parents are feeling isolated or overwhelmed, need ideas or support to access things digital, or just want to chat to another adult about their day, then they can get in touch with Homestart via their Facebook page or email homestart.shpt@gmail.com

Homestart is also still delivering our Happy families, Happy futures programmes aimed at reducing parental conflict.

Kooth.com - online support for young people

Kooth is a web based confidential support service available to young people. Kooth provides a safe and secure means of accessing mental health and wellbeing support designed specifically for young people. 

Kooth offers young people the opportunity to have a text-based conversation with a qualified counsellor. Counsellors are available from 12noon to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10 pm at weekends, every day of the year on a drop-in basis. Young people can access regular booked online counselling sessions as needed. Outside counselling hours’ young people can message our team and get support by the next day.

When young people register with Kooth they will have support available to them now and in the future. Support can be gained not only through counselling but articles, forums and discussion boards.  All content is age appropriate, clinically approved and fully moderated.

To find out more visit www.Kooth.com where young people can register and others can find out more about the service.

You can also view a short video about the service here.       

Funding

Recently released:

Innovate UK launches new 3-year programme for Young Innovators

The national Young Innovators Awards will go to 18–30 year olds with a creative and ground-breaking business idea to support them in turning it into reality.

The programme will support up to 100 young people over 3 years with individuals benefitting from a £5,000 grant and one-on-one coaching.

The Youth Futures Foundation 

THE YOUTH FUTURES FOUNDATION – Development and Impact grants up to £100,000 and £800,000 respectively for not-for-profit and public sector organisations in England working with young people between the ages of 14 and 24 years to help them overcome barriers to finding meaningful work.

Application deadline: none – applications may be made at any time and will be reviewed by the Foundation on Sunday 31 May, Sunday 23 August and Wednesday 30 September 2020.

https://esender.cosmic.org.uk/t/r-l-jhuylke-dkkttuykur-d/

And other ideas

Michelle Obama reading children’s books every Monday - 

https://secretldn.com/mondays-with-michelle-obama-childrens-books/

The Children in Care Team sent information about support for young people with learning difficulties and support for parents and carers in lockdown including

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/

Torbay Council want us to help launch the new One Torbay e-newsletter

Torbay Council has launched a new One Torbay email newsletter to provide people with regular and reliable updates on council services and activities. It will include information and advice about how the council is working for all of Torbay during the current COVID-19 situation. It will also have updates on other work the council is doing, as well as stories about the communities of the bay.

You can sign up for the newsletter at www.torbay.gov.uk/OneTorbay

One way to keep up to date. One Torbay. Sign up today

KB
Kelly Bedoyan | 04th May 2020

COVID 19 – UPDATE 9: Support for children and young people: 24 April 2020

Imagine this… Partners please can you use your networks and mailing lists to spread the word so that families can be supported through these difficult times.

Helplines – TCDT on 01803 446022 (which runs from 8am to 8pm 7 days a week) and one staffed by Brixham Does Care 01803 857727 (Mon-Fri 9am to 4.30pm). There is an online form which can be accessed at www.bit.ly/torbayhelpline

Torbay Help Hub on Facebook (group)

Their website is https://www.torbayhelphub.com/

The website now includes a section for children and families https://www.torbayhelphub.com/familieschildreninfo

The Torbay Help Hub also usefully includes the latest

Schools and families update from GOV.UK 23 April 2020Guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

Information for parents and carers about educational provision for critical workers, school closures, exams, free school meals and home schooling.

Change made
Updated sections on closures, transport, vulnerable children, critical workers and resources. Removed information about Easter holidays.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings

Guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students.

Change made
Added guidance for children’s social care services during the coronavirus outbreak.

Councils given flexibility with free childcare funding

Page summary
Councils can move free entitlements funding between settings in exceptional cases to meet demand during Coronavirus outbreak

Change made
First published.

Manage financial difficulties in your charity caused by coronavirusPage summary
Guidance about coronavirus (COVID-19) related financial difficulties in charities and how to work through them.

Change made
First published.

Aldi have joined the free school meal voucher scheme: https://bit.ly/2KmtO7J

Activities and Ideas

URGENT: Commission possibilities for partners

Real Ideas is a partner in the Ambitions programme that has some exciting commissions for a Creative, Fitness, Programming and CAD professional to deliver some online sessions to young people during May and June 2020. Please see the briefs attached to the email with this Update and pass on to anyone that may be interested.

RIO has a very tight deadline for these of next Tuesday 28th April 2020. Any specific questions, please direct them to Sam.spake@realideas.org

News from 0 – 19 Service Torbay

Get help with technology and remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Following the announcement by the Secretary of State for Education on Sunday 19 April, laptops and tablets will be made available to help the most disadvantaged young people access online learning and social care services. Young people and families eligible for devices must not already have access to one, and are likely to be in one of the following groups:

  • Children with a social worker
  • Care leavers
  • Disadvantaged children in Year 10, ahead of sitting their GCSEs next year

Please note that at the time of writing, the guidance for this announcement is being drafted and more information will be available next week.

Action for Children

At Action for Children, we offer a 1-1 online chat service for parents of 0 to 19-year olds. Using our online platform, staff experienced in family support, we answer questions, give advice or reassurance and lend a listening ear to parents in need. In the past, through TALK, we have support families with Emotional Wellbeing, Boundaries and Routines, Child behaviour, Sleeping/ eating, Home, Money & Work, Child Development, Special needs, Keeping Children safe, Anger support, Domestic Abuse, Relationship advice and co-parenting.

During the lock-down, families’ needs are changing and evolving. So we are quickly developing and

evolving succinct, accurate advice for parents around COVID-19. So far, the Talk service has received queries around:

  • Co-parenting during the coronavirus
  • Children whose time is split between two parents’ houses
  • What to do if parents or carers are ill
  • The effect of isolation on a family’s finances
  • Whether children with additional needs more at risk of infection
  • How to deal with children’s worries about coronavirus

What we are doing 

Who: We will train Action for Children staff as well as someone from South West Family Values

Duration: We will initially run the digital service across Torbay for between 3-6 months, then it will be reviewed

How it works: We advertise using geographically targeted adverts. Staff across the Torbay, Devon, Plymouth and Cornwall could pick up calls from Torbay, Devon & the South West.

Local knowledge: Action for Children will quickly create a directory of resources for Torbay, Devon and the South West so the TALK team can signpost and refer families to the best local source of support for them.

Staff training takes place week beginning 20th April and we hope to get the TALK services up and running in Torbay by Mid May.

Livewell South West

24 Hour urgent mental health support phoneline open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 01752 435122 for advice and support.

Livewell South West, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have now set up a 24/7 urgent mental health advice line that will enable young people, families, carers and professionals to access support when they need during this lockdown period. This is available to all families (They do not have to be open to CAMHS to access this) who are registered with a Plymouth G.P and professionals across the city of Plymouth. The telephone line will be covered by specialist mental health trained staff, who will be able to provide advice, support and sign posting to other relevant agencies.

Information for parents and carers:

Is your child or the child you are caring for experiencing anxiety, worry, stress?

Are they experiencing Psychological or emotional distress?

Do you need to talk to someone who can offer support and advice?

This service is open to Children, Young People and Parents and Carers

MIND THE GAP

The film of our recent Imagine This… conference held at Lupton House in February 2019

The Keynote speaker is Dez Holmes, Director of Research in Practice. The film is well worth a watch if you're working with young people on the journey from childhood to adulthood - Dez talks from a relational perspective about the specific needs of adolescents and there's much to reflect on here - also great for training:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RS8JabDJkEU

Youth Music Quiz

Put your knowledge to the test with our brand-new interactive music quiz. There are 10 questions, covering popular music from the sixties to the present day. Good luck!

Want to run your own music quiz to raise money for Youth Music? You can download a full set of questions and answers here.

ROCK CHOIR ARE LIVE 7 DAYS A WEEK ON THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE AT 3PM: 

https://www.facebook.com/TheRockChoir/

Link to lyrics given every day. Everyone is welcome, any age, member or not. 

Catherine Byrne from Torquay has a box of Lego to give away free to a good home and can deliver. Contact Torbay Community Development Trust for details.

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Kelly Bedoyan | 04th May 2020

COVID 19 – UPDATE 8: Support for children and young people: 20 April 2020

Imagine this… Partners please can you use your networks and mailing lists to spread the word so that families can be supported through these difficult times.

Helplines – TCDT on 01803 446022 (which runs from 8am to 8pm 7 days a week) and one staffed by Brixham Does Care 01803 857727 (Mon-Fri 9am to 4.30pm). There is an online form which can be accessed at www.bit.ly/torbayhelpline

Torbay Help Hub on Facebook (group)

Their website is https://www.torbayhelphub.com/

The website now includes a section for children and families https://www.torbayhelphub.com/familieschildreninfo

The Torbay Help Hub also usefully includes the latest

Schools and families update from GOV.UK 20 April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings
Guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students.

The latest guidance recognises that the change of routine and staying at home may make this a difficult time for some children and includes advice for supporting children of different ages

Help children aged 2 to 4 to learn at home during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information on incorporating learning into everyday life and play.

Help primary school children continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Structuring your day and knowing how to provide support and feedback.

Help children with SEND continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Resources designed to support special educational needs and disabilities.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/remote-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19): SEND risk assessment guidance

The latest guidance includes strategies and practices that teachers and leaders have found useful for supporting education in the home environment. It has been produced by the Department for Education in partnership with the education sector.

There is also a published list of online educational resources covering various subjects and age groups that have been recommended by teachers and school leaders.

Schools are also asked to consider using resources from Oak National Academy, which is a new, high-quality collection of lessons and online resources. It has been set up in response to school closures and is supported by the government. From Monday 20 April, it will offer video lessons by teachers for primary and secondary school children in a range of core curriculum subjects. https://www.thenational.academy/

Activities and Ideas

Sound Communities

Young & older people in Torbay are being connected during lockdown through Shipwreck Radio thanks to #NationalLottery funded @SoundCommunitie. @_oceanyouth produces the weekly show & youngsters can get involved by emailing mike@soundcommunities.co.uk. http://www.soundcommunities.co.uk/ocean-youth.html …

CheckPoint

Across Torbay, Check Point provide a range of free and confidential information, advice and support services to children and young people aged 8–17 including:

  • helping to stop child exploitation
  • helping those affected by drug or alcohol abuse
  • ensuring young people’s voices are heard
  • talking to young people who are thinking of running away from home
  • providing an independent visitor service
  • helping those who may be struggling with sexual abuse and
  • helping disabled young people to meet socially with friends.

https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/checkpoint/our-services

The Torbay Food Alliance

Torbay Food Alliance is made up of community and voluntary sector organisations working together in Torbay; a direct response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. It has been set-up to help those who are struggling to feed themselves and their families. We know that many people in our community have found themselves having to self-isolate, while others have found themselves with no money to buy food or have lost their usual support networks due to COVID-19. This project is helping the poorest and most vulnerable in our community during these extraordinary times.

They have set up a crowd funding initiative because they do not have enough food to respond to all the requests. At the time of writing they have raised £3,150. If all the organisations in Imagine this… contributed it could help them to reach their target of £10,000

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/torbay-food-alliance

Saints Southwest is an official club partner of Southampton Football Club. Operating in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset they pride themselves on being able to reach all children through various Community Education and Football Development programme. Here is a quiz with prizes but you need to know a bit about football!

https://saintssouthwest.typeform.com/to/JjPlFt?utm_content=buffer1c816&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer 

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Kelly Bedoyan | 04th May 2020

COVID 19 – UPDATE 7: Support for children and young people: 15 April 2020

Imagine this… Partners please can you use your networks and mailing lists to spread the word so that families can be supported through these difficult times.

Helplines – TCDT on 01803 446022 (which runs from 8am to 8pm 7 days a week) and one staffed by Brixham Does Care 01803 857727 (Mon-Fri 9am to 4.30pm). There is an online form which can be accessed at www.bit.ly/torbayhelpline

Torbay Help Hub on Facebook (group)

Their website is https://www.torbayhelphub.com/

We are negotiating for the website to include a section for children and families

THANK YOU to POUNDLAND we were able to deliver 50 Easter eggs to vulnerable families in Torquay - in time for Easter too!

Schools and families update from GOV.UK 14 April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings
Guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students.
Added a link to ‘Admission appeals for school places’ which contains guidance on the coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on school admission appeals.

News from Torbay Children’s Services

The Government announced last week that they would pay for Free School Meals during the holiday. However, some schools in Torbay didn’t provide these. In these cases, we are informed that families will receive Food Vouchers retrospectively.   Currently the Food Vouchers cannot be used at Lidl, Farmfoods, Aldi and the Coop and representation has been made by local authorities across the country.

We understand that schools across Torbay will be open for key workers children and vulnerable children. Before Easter there were 550 children attending. It is the family’s choice for children to attend and schools are being requested to be flexible. Most schools are expected to be open and list is being drawn up.  

Schools are working hard to provide alternative arrangements including finding ways to provide digital connections for families. Children’s Services are in discussion with Torbay Development Agency to access any redundant equipment.

Discussions with Devon and Cornwall Police are also in place to produce a letter for families with children with ASC to have permission to travel to access open spaces.

Activities and Ideas

We have received three recent publications to help to explain the Coronavirus to young people and these are attached to the email with this Update

  • Coronavirus accessible info for children and young people
  • Children’s Commissioner Office – CCO Children’s Guide to Coronavirus
  • Coronavirus A Book for Children

Cbeebies - https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies

(a variety of games, activities and resources to keep children learning at home).

Zoo webcams https://www.countryliving.com/uk/wildlife/countryside/g31784857/live-animal-webcam-zoo/ -

Indoor activities - https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/activities/indoor-activities

Live shows, outdoor expeditions, Deadly 60. http://www.stevebackshall.com/  

Website has lots of fun activities for kids that are reasonably easy to organise and fun https://www.familydaystriedandtested.com

Interactive learning through songs, art, videos and games. https://www.sesamestreet.org

Music, exercise and activity

PE with Joe https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyCLoPd4VxBvQafyve889qVcPxYEjdSTl

Go Noodle (lots of songs with actions to keep fit) https://family.gonoodle.com/

BBC Super Movers https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers

Cosmic Yoga https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Learn to dance with Oti Mabuse every day at 11.00 and at any time

https://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2020-03-25/oti-mabuses-dance-lessons-for-kids-how-to-watch/

 

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Kelly Bedoyan | 04th May 2020

COVID 19 – UPDATE 6: Support for children and young people: 9 April 2020

Imagine this… Partners please can you use your networks and mailing lists to spread the word so that families can be supported through these difficult times.

Helplines – TCDT on 01803 446022 (which runs from 8am to 8pm 7 days a week) and one staffed by Brixham Does Care 01803 857727 (Mon-Fri 9am to 4.30pm). We also have an online form which can be accessed at bit.ly/torbayhelpline.

Torbay Help Hub on Facebook (group)

Their website is https://www.torbayhelphub.com/ 

This website will now include a section for children and families

Schools and families update from GOV.UK 8 April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings

This guidance, updated daily is to help schools and other educational settings provide advice for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students about coronavirus (COVID-19).

The latest edition includes:

  • Closure of educational settings information for parents and carers (7/4/2020)
  • On-line resources (7/4/2020)
  • School closures (7/4/2020)
  • Financial support for schools (7/4/2020)
  • Free school meals guidance (7/4/2020)
  • Implementing social distancing in education and childcare settings (7/4/2020)
  • Guidance for educational settings (7/4/2020)
  • Guidance on isolation for residential educational settings (8/4/2020)
  • Apprenticeship programme response (6/4/2020)
  • School and college performance measures

At the end of the Easter holidays there is a Q/A section in the implementing social distancing in education and childcare settings which is a useful update:

Social distancing

Q: What does effective social distancing involve in practice in educational settings?

As much as possible, children, young people and staff should be spaced apart at all times.

This means:

sitting children at desks that are far apart

ensuring everyone queues and eats further apart than normal

keeping apart when in the playground or doing any physical exercise

visiting the toilet one after the other

staggering break times

putting guidelines on the floor in corridors

avoiding unnecessary staff gatherings

Social distancing measures should also be in place when providing meals, or food for collection, from families of free school meal pupils not in school.

This approach also applies to further education settings, including for learners who may be taking part in practical learning. Clear messaging to young people attending the setting about the purpose of social distancing, and personal hygiene, is likely to be particularly important.

Q: What does social distancing involve in early years settings where children are very young?

We acknowledge that social distancing for settings with very young children will be harder to maintain. Staff should implement the recommended measures as far as they are able, whilst ensuring children are kept safe and well cared for.

Staff should pay particular attention to handwashing before and after supporting children who need help with nappy changing, toileting or eating, as well as avoiding touching their own face whilst at work. Teachers and other staff may want to use age and developmentally appropriate ways to encourage children to follow social distancing, hand-washing and other guidance, including through games, songs and stories. They should encourage parents/carers to reinforce these messages at home, by asking them to remind their children.

As much as possible, settings should seek to prevent the sharing of food, drink, utensils, equipment and toys. Equipment, toys and surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected more frequently.

Q: How should social distancing be implemented in settings such as special schools where care needs can be complex and some children will find it harder to adhere to instructions on social distancing?

We will shortly publish additional advice for settings caring for children and young people with complex needs. 

Q: What does social distancing look like in Alternative Provision (AP)?

For AP settings – including pupil referral units, AP free schools and AP academies - our ask is the same as that for all schools: that AP providers work with local authorities, and the mainstream schools at which many AP pupils are registered, to consider the best way to support those vulnerable children, and those of critical workers who cannot remain safely at home. This should include keeping AP settings open where it is safe and feasible to do so.

As much as possible, social distancing should be adhered to and class or group sizes should be small to make this easier. Staff should use simple language to explain social distancing, and reiterate and reinforce key messages. Safe routines for access to toilets, hand-washing and break and lunch times should be put in place. Teaching resources can be used to aid understanding.

A risk assessment may need to be undertaken, if it is deemed that a child may not be able to follow social distancing instructions, to determine what mitigations need to be put in place and whether, in rare circumstances, they should stay at home. For those children with a social worker, our expectation is that they should be in school unless a risk assessment concludes they will be safer at home.

Protection and cleanliness in schools and childcare settings

Q: Do schools, colleges and childcare settings need personal protective equipment (PPE)?

The scientific advice indicates that educational staff do not require personal protective equipment. This is needed by medical and care professionals providing specific close contact care, or procedures that create airborne risk, such as suctioning and physiotherapy, for anyone who has coronavirus (COVID-19), and is displaying symptoms.

If you are not providing this care to someone with the virus, and displaying symptoms, PPE is not needed. Asymptomatic people (people with the virus but not displaying symptoms) have a reduced viral load and so risk of transmission is considerably reduced.

The virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks. These droplets are too heavy to hang in the air. They quickly fall on floors or surfaces. The advice for schools, colleges and childcare settings is to follow steps on social distancing, handwashing and other hygiene measures, and cleaning of surfaces.

Some children, and young people with special educational needs, may be unable to follow social distancing guidelines, or require personal care support. In these circumstances, staff need to increase their level of self-protection, such as minimising close contact (where appropriate), cleaning frequently touched surfaces, and carrying out more frequent handwashing.

We will shortly publish additional advice for settings caring for children and young people with complex needs.

Childcare practitioners do not need PPE. They should care for children as normal, although increasing the frequency of handwashing (and always doing so before and after, for example, feeding children or changing nappies) and cleaning of surfaces and toys. Soft toys should not be shared between children. If a child displays symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), they should not come to the setting, or should be sent home with their parents/carers if symptoms arise during the day. Staff should clean as normal after this.

Q: Will educational settings have enough cleaning equipment?

DfE has been working with public sector buying organisations, and with Crown Commercial Service, to understand and address supply chain issues relating to hygiene and cleaning products for state-funded provision. At this time, the supply chain has flagged that for some products there are reduced volume deliveries, and less frequent deliveries, which means some items may be rationed. They are seeking to find alternatives to any products which are out of stock. Should schools be short of cleaning product supplies, they should email DfE-CovidEnquiries.COMMERCIAL@education.gov.uk, providing details of the supplies they are short of, and where they have been trying to buy their supplies (for example, which supplier).

Q: What should educational settings do in terms of daily cleaning regimes?

We recommend that all educational settings follow the Public Health England (PHE) guidance on cleaning for non-healthcare settings.

Where healthcare, and certain personal care support, is delivered within settings (particularly special schools), then additional measures may apply: see PHE guidance.

Settings should clean and disinfect equipment, toys and surfaces more regularly. This includes keyboards, mouse, tables, chairs, door handles, light switches and bannisters.  

Q: Why is handwashing advised over hand sanitiser?

Soap and water, and regular handwashing for at least 20 seconds, is the best way of staying safe.

Handwashing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available, or the situation makes using soap less feasible (for example, when outside), but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.

Q: How often should staff, children and young people be washing their hands during the day?

Staff, children, young people and families should be reminded to wash their hands for 20 seconds more frequently than normal, including on arrival at the setting, before and after eating, and after sneezing or coughing.

Staff should supervise young children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds with soap and water (or hand sanitiser if soap is not available or feasible in the particular situation) and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues. Bins for tissues should be emptied throughout the day.

Consider how to encourage young children to learn and practise these habits through games, songs and repetition.

Some children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities may require additional support in following public health advice or may find frequent handwashing distressing. Staff will know where this is likely to be the case, and how they can best support individual children and young people.

Q: Is it safe to wear jewellery?

Yes. It is fine to wear jewellery as normal, provided handwashing guidance is being followed.

Q: Does my educational setting need deep cleaning on an ongoing basis?

No. Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual, using your standard cleaning products.

Q: Someone in my educational setting has become unwell with coronavirus (COVIC-19) symptoms, what do I do?

Government has issued

advice on what to do in education settings if someone becomes unwell.

Q: Should educational settings ask parents/carers to report pupils’ temperatures at the start of each day?

Educational settings should reiterate to parents/carers the need to follow the advice on coronavirus (COVID-19), including the whole household entering 14 days of self-isolation if anyone in the household develops a fever or a new, continuous cough. They are advised to follow the staying at home guidance.

Parents/carers and schools do not need to take children’s temperatures every morning, but should be vigilant about signs of a temperature.

Q: Why are we not testing educational staff who display symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)?

PHE, together with NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), has agreed to prioritise testing for those most at risk of severe illness from the virus. Those in hospital care for pneumonia or acute respiratory illness will be the priority.

If a member of staff becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough, or a high temperature, in an education setting, they should be sent home and advised to follow the staying at home guidance.

Wider testing is being rolled out, and priority lists will be set for this. If critical workers, including education and childcare staff, are tested, this will not be for all staff, but rather for staff with symptoms, in order to enable them to go back to work if they test negative.

Q: Are there extra precautions staff need to take after work, for example washing clothes?

There is no need for stringent cleaning of people or clothes following a day in an educational or childcare setting. This is only required by medical and care professionals providing intimate care to people with coronavirus (COVID-19). The advice for settings is to follow steps on social distancing (as well as possible), handwashing and other hygiene measures including cleaning of surfaces.

Pupil numbers

Q: Are settings, with these limited numbers of children or young people attending, safe - especially special schools and alternative provision where a higher proportion of children may be attending?

We are asking all educational and childcare settings to care for vulnerable children, so long as they do not have health conditions that put them at severe risk, for safeguarding purposes, and where their health and care needs cannot be met safely at home. This is in addition to the children of critical workers, to enable their parents/carers to go to work and support our critical services at this time. Fewer children attending will mean social mixing is reduced and the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) is less likely.

Settings remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, will protect the NHS and save lives by reducing the risks of spreading the virus.

As far as is possible, social distancing should be adhered to in all settings and class or group sizes should be kept small.

Further guidance relating to special schools will be published as soon as possible.

Q: How do I know if I have too many children or young people attending?

There is no specific target or limit on children attending educational or childcare settings.

If you think you have more pupils than you can manage with the staff available, and particularly if this is impacting on your ability to implement social distancing, you should speak to your local authority (or trust, if appropriate) about how this might be managed.

 

Torbay Council

Torbay Council has produced a set of resources for schools, parents and carers to support the mental wellbeing of children and young people during the coronavirus pandemic and school shut down. It will accompany this Update and will also be available on the Torbay Help Hub website It is intended to update this regularly. If you have come across a good resource to support children's mental health that can be shared with our schools, preschools and colleges and sixth forms, please send to Paul.Williams@torbay.gov.uk

We think there may be some Easter eggs…contact Play Torbay to check!

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Kelly Bedoyan | 04th May 2020

COVID 19 – UPDATE 5: Support for children and young people: 6 April 2020

Imagine this… Partners please can you use your networks and mailing lists to spread the word so that families can be supported through these difficult times.

Helplines – TCDT on 01803 446022 (which runs from 8am to 8pm 7 days a week) and one staffed by Brixham Does Care 01803 857727 (Mon-Fri 9am to 4.30pm). We also have an online form which can be accessed at bit.ly/torbayhelpline.

Torbay Help Hub on Facebook (group)

Their website is https://www.torbayhelphub.com/

Schools and families update from GOV.UK 3 April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings

This guidance, updated daily is to help schools and other educational settings provide advice for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students about coronavirus (COVID-19).

It includes information about:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-school-closures

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-further-education-provision

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020

Guidance for children's social care services from GOV.UK 3 April 2020

Advice for local authorities and their partners to help support and protect vulnerable children

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-childrens-social-care-services?utm_source=b264a212-f1e7-4b12-a2e2-b6da6f0a97d5&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

Torbay Council – Financial Support for Individuals

https://www.torbay.gov.uk/health-and-wellbeing/public-health/coronavirus/financial-support-for-individuals/

For those of you who have been volunteering the Government has recently

published guidance on how to help safely

We have been advised by Torbay Council that because of the Government’s ‘social distancing’ measures that Councils have been requested to withdraw all employment licenses for young people under 18.  This means, for example, that young people are no longer allowed to deliver newspapers and all newsagents have been informed.  As a result, the Council would not support young people volunteering unless it was helping at home, on line, etc.    

Again, just to say thanks to all the imagine this… partners who have been sending in ideas of different things which could support children and young people through the next few months. Please do keep sending them in.

Orchard Forest School

Over the forthcoming weeks/months we are posting 2-3 activities per week for families to access on our Orchard Forest School face book page. There will be short videos of Forest School activities for families to replicate in their gardens/homes, using stuff that they may have to hand already or can find on their exercise walks, predominately following the Forest School ethos.  

https://www.facebook.com/OrchardForestSchool/

Play Torbay

Has been playing outside too, see http://playtorbay.org.uk/holiday-programme/

Day 1: Making biscuits

Day 2: Making gloop

Day 3: Making giant bubbles

Day 4: Making a windsock

More fun this week at 12.00 noon each day on Facebook

Podcast offer for community and youth groups in Torbay and South Devon

We are reaching out to community and youth groups in Torbay and South Devon at this difficult time as we have an offer to support children and young people to share their voices through our local youth radio station broadcasting on Shipwreck Radio. 

Shipwreck Radio was a response by young producers, all under age 18 and working with us at Ocean Youth Radio, to address issues of isolation and loneliness during the current lockdown due to Covid-19. We are very proud that this social action project was dreamt up by the young people we work with, and to support them to deliver radio content to a high standard. 

We can support your staff who are working either face to face or remotely with small groups of participants to co-create, record and share a podcast. We are offering community and youth groups a package of support to make a podcast (one off or regular) with their communities.

You will find full details of this offer in the attached PDF. 

Radio has always had a powerful way to connect people in difficult times and we believe there is a huge potential for communities to use audio and radio in innovative ways. We would love to talk creatively with you about how you might use radio to respond imaginatively to this new world we have found ourselves living in for the foreseeable future.

Community and youth groups may also like to listen to the shows created by young people through Shipwreck Radio.

Last week we broadcast THREE different shows on Ocean Youth radio engaging over 20 young people across Torbay who are in isolation. Community radio is a great way of bringing young people together during this tough period. 

Listen to the shows here...

Ocean Xtra on Lockdown (Live)

https://www.spreaker.com/episode/24426368


Shipwreck Radio

https://www.spreaker.com/episode/24428107

The Dream Team Shipwrecked 

https://www.spreaker.com/episode/24376257

Support from Paul Hamlyn Foundation The National Lottery Community Fund Youth Music Co-op Foundation Imagine This Torbay Torbay Community Development Trust

We will be live again tomorrow afternoon for those who would like to tune in! https://www.spreaker.com/user/oceanyouth 

Please get in touch if you are interested in making a podcast or have further questions about our work.

FREE RESOURCES

And this FB group has all sorts of free resources such as study packs for various school years, exercises, craft ideas…

https://www.facebook.com/groups/871176893326326/

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Kelly Bedoyan | 04th May 2020

COVID 19 – UPDATE 4: Support for children and young people: 3 April 2020

Imagine this… Partners please can you use your networks and mailing lists to spread the word so that families can be supported through these difficult times.

Helplines – TCDT on 01803 446022 (which runs from 8am to 8pm 7 days a week) and one staffed by Brixham Does Care 01803 857727 (Mon-Fri 9am to 4.30pm). We also have an online form which can be accessed at bit.ly/torbayhelpline.

Torbay Help Hub on Facebook (group)

Their website is https://www.torbayhelphub.com/

Update on GOV.​UK. on 27 March 2020

Schools and families update from GOV.UK 1 April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings

This guidance, updated daily is to help schools and other educational settings provide advice for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students about coronavirus (COVID-19).

It includes information about:

  • educational provision for vulnerable children and children of key workers
  • the closure of educational settings
  • free school meals arrangements
  • the cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels
  • travel guidance for educational settings
  • social distancing in education and childcare settings

This latest one includes the guidance on

  • Early Years and Childcare closures
  • Vulnerable children and young people
  • Induction for newly qualified teachers 
 

 Coronavirus – Temporary changes to education services in Torbay – 1 April 2020

 A number of temporary changes have needed to be made to education services in Torbay as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation.

School admissions, transport requests and free school meal applications will now need to be done electronically due to the team needing to work remotely to follow the government’s current social distancing advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and help save lives.

What you need to do

  • Transport:Please download any application you need to make, complete it electronically and send to us by email: cstransport@torbay.gov.uk - if you find it difficult to contact us by phone, please email us with your queries and we will do our best to give you a prompt reply.
  • Free school meals:Please download any application you need to make, complete electronically and send to us by email: fsm@torbay.gov.uk - if you find it difficult to contact us by phone, please email us with your queries and we will do our best to give you a prompt reply.
  • Primary, secondary and in-year admissions:If you need to apply for a primary or secondary school place, or if you have moved to the area and your child does not have a school place, you will need to complete an electronic application. If you haven’t yet applied for a primary school place for September 2020 and your child is due to start then, please do so. Please download any application you need to make, complete electronically and send to us by email: services@torbay.gov.uk

Councillor Cordelia Law, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services for Torbay Council, said: “Although schools are currently closed to most pupils apart from children of key workers, our education and schools service is still here to help. We have had to make some temporary changes to the way we work though to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus.

“We would ask you not to apply for a transfer between schools at this time. However, if you have moved into the area and your child does not have a school place you should apply so that your child can access online learning from a local school.

“If you find it difficult to contact us by phone, please email us with your queries and we will do our best to give you a prompt reply.”

More information about schools and education is on the Torbay Council website at https://www.torbay.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/

Information from Torbay Council: Important Safeguarding Update -

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-safeguarding-in-schools-colleges-and-other-providers/coronavirus-covid-19-safeguarding-in-schools-colleges-and-other-providers

Child protection policy

Schools will have an effective child protection policy in place reflecting business as usual. It is likely that the policy will not accurately reflect new arrangements in response to COVID-19. It is important schools and colleges (led by a DSL or deputy, wherever possible) review and revise their child protection policy and keep it under review as circumstances continue to evolve. In some cases, a COVID-19 annex/addendum that summaries any key COVID-19 related changes might be more effective that re-writing and re-issuing the whole policy.

Monitoring vulnerable pupils
Settings will ring children on a Child Protection plan on a daily basis, they will ring CIN and Team around the child families (TAF) on a weekly basis.  This will continue during the Easter holidays. Settings will keep a log of these calls.

Child for whom the setting is closed or Key Worker Child

NFA unless there is a reason to believe there is enhanced risk.

If there is then Risk assess and, if necessary, ring the professionals’ line 01803 208820

Child Open to Social Care

Report the absence to the social worker and ask for the absence to lead to a review of the Risk Assessment.

Report the absence to the generic email address: csccentral@torbay.gov.uk

NFA for the setting – log the contact and ensure the team manager is copied in.

Child with an EHCP

Revisit the school’s risk assessment for the child and either;

  1. Note as NFA
  2. Amend and resubmit to the EHCP@torbay.gov.uk address. Clearly indicate in the subject line that this is an amended RA in light of non-attendance.

Child open to Targeted Help or considered vulnerable in other respects:

If open to Targeted Help notify the TH email address targetedhelp@torbay.gov.uk or call the Targeted Help advice line between 9am-12pm 01803 208525

If not open to Targeted Help colleagues are being asked to do their best to try to maintain contact with families. Suggestions would be to text them asking them to let you know they are OK; contacting others on the contact list for school.

MASH Professionals Help line/TESS safeguarding advice

MASH professionals’ helpline: 01803 208820

COVID 19 resources

The council website is frequently updated with useful information:

https://www.torbay.gov.uk/health-and-wellbeing/public-health/coronavirus/

Telephone Directory

Telephone lists are being regularly updated. For the latest telephone directory from Children’s Services contact donna.frost@torbay.gov.uk

Domestic Abuse Helpline – 1 April 2020

Please share the website below (safely and discreetly) with individuals at risk of DA - friends, colleagues, families we are working with. This will be more difficult over the phone especially as risk will currently be increased but use your judgement to share where possible. There is a quick escape/hide function to click when using for victim’s safety.

The National Domestic Abuse Helpline is open 24/7 365 days per year, and can also be called on 0808 2000 247

The website is also a good resource to support practitioners when thinking about DA – safety plans etc.

www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk

A website to support parental conflict (no risk of DA) which can be shared is:

https://www.relate.org.uk/relationship-help/covid-19-advice-and-information

Torbay Youth Trust Coronavirus Response

Two of Torbay’s key services for children and young people, Torbay Youth Service and Young Carers Service, transferred to the Torbay Youth Trust in February 2020. Teams from both services continue to support children, young people and families, working closely with Children’s Services to identify and support those most in need. However the Trust is following the guidance of the current social distancing Government policy so there are some interim changes as described below. Torbay Youth Trust continues to be committed to developing relationships of trust with children and young people and to enabling them to have a strong voice in their communities in this challenging period.

Young Carers Service

Torbay Young Carers Service has around 800 children and young people open to the service. We are offering telephone, text and email support to maintain contact during this period. We are prioritising those that we deem to be in the most difficult situations (our ‘high level’ young carers).  We are supporting them with a range of issues such as accessing food deliveries, help on following COVID guidelines around shielding and self-isolating. We are ensuring that basic needs are being met and offering emotional support as well as signposting to available practical support.  We are looking at the needs of the whole family, as well as supporting the young carer in their caring role.

New referrals are still being processed. We have temporarily suspended the carrying out of Young Carer Assessments in order to concentrate on the immediate needs but are contacting in turn all of the families referred to us to ensure that they are able to manage. 

Torbay Youth Service

We continue to support young people referred to us via Children’s Services Targeted Help Panel with 1:1 interventions, remotely for the time being. We offer a plan of support according to need, including life skills work, supporting their own decision making and enabling young people to have their voice heard. This enables young people and families to know there is someone in the background if they need to express themselves. Strategies for creating resilience and reducing isolation are offered.  

We continue to run the Children in Care Club. The Youth Work Team are currently engaging with CICC members and their foster carers via phone calls, texting and emails. A virtual CICC is being set up to enable looked after children in Torbay (and those on placement out of county) to engage with their peers and the team as part of a safe online platform.

LBGTQ+ Pride Group 

The Youth Service was due to resume the responsibility for running this essential provision, taking over from Children’s Service’s Integrated Youth Service but due to level of staffing and the current government guidance the Youth Trust is exploring remote ways of supporting the current members and any new referrals to the group.

We will continue to respond to the needs of young people as this situation progresses, and we are committed to working creatively with our statutory and Imagine This partners to ensure that the voices of children and young people are heard during these challenging times.

IDEAS FROM PARTNERS

Again, just to say thanks to all the imagine this… partners who have been sending in ideas of different things which could support children and young people through the next few months.

Here are two from Arts Lab

Name of project:

The Great Art Exchange - Young Creators Young Curators (YCsYCs)

Objectives:

To be a platform for young creatives to maintain connection, wellbeing and aspiration

Opportunities:

  • establish ways of responding to the current global crisis through creative expression & individual/collective voice 
  • keep busy & focused in your practice
  • help other young people to do the same - be a mentor & facilitator for other young creatives interested in/ already working in your particular medium
  • curate / co-curate virtual exhibition tours to be uploaded onto the Arts Lab website & to share across social media
  • exhibit your own work alongside others in these exhibitions
  • professional exposure
  • have a space to stay connected with other creatives & build your networks
  • learn from mentors, expert in your areas of specialism - to become global curators & facilitators
  • build your CVs & entrepreneurial skills
  • sell your work through Arts Lab’s upcoming online gallery shop (for which we have recently received funding)

‘Sharing the Light’ a Great Art Exchange coronavirus response project

PROPOSAL Up to 50 children in care in the Torbay area are invited to take part in a project making their own art which is made into collages by a local artist, photographed and then made into posters to decorate personal spaces with.

The children do not have to be good at art to do this.

Start date - Wednesday 8th April 2020 Length of project - 8 weeks

Number of children - up to 50 (poss. start with smaller number for trial)

PROCEDURE Immediate

  • Every child is assigned a number between 50 and 100.
  • Every week, they are given an envelope with their number on it which contains up to 12 pieces of pre-cut mixed papers. (Week 1, included in the envelope will be a simple brief plus a coloured A5 poster prototype
  • In the course of 7 days, they are to fill the pieces of paper (1 side only) with art - doodles, words, colours, shapes & lines - that express either how they feel on the day, and / or a response to what’s going on in the world, and /or something that just takes their mind off things
  • Children are encouraged to use whatever materials they have to hand to do this - biro, felt pens, marker pens, pencils, tea-bag staining, etc.
  • At the end of every week - end of Day 7 - all work is collected in the numbered envelopes - from a pre-agreed central point.
  • At this point everyone will be given a second envelope with more paper pieces to repeat the process in Week 2. This will continue for a total of 8 weeks.
  • Each week, the artwork will be assembled by the artist into individual collages (x50), photographed and printed into posters that the children will be given to decorate their rooms with.
  • As the collages get created, they will be available to see all others and share on Arts Lab’s Instagram, ‘Sharing the Light’.
  • Longer term … Children will be able to view their posters in virtual touring group exhibitions - ‘Sharing the Light week 1, 2,’ etc. on the Arts Lab website (sharing links). This project is in the making and should take about 2-3 from now to launch.
  • Once movement restrictions have been lifted, there will be a celebratory LIVE exhibition at Arts Lab, Dartington to which everyone would be invited.

And Sound Communities with different shows aired on @oceanyouth

The Dream Team https://bit.ly/2JnQMdU

Shipwreck Radio https://bit.ly/3byImMY

Ocean Xtra #lockdown - https://bit.ly/2UtAwib

And Play Torbay has been setting out challenges, competitions and there will be some really cool prizes to win! Please join in from your phones, laptops, iPads, tablets, send in your comments, chat to us, it will be great fun interactive play – are you up for it? More to come next week Monday to Thursday 12.00 noon on Facebook

Click on the dates below to watch the videos!

Monday 30th March  – Making biscuits 

Tuesday 31st March – Making gloop

Wednesday 1st April  – Making giant bubbles

 Thursday 2nd April – Making a windsock

KB
Kelly Bedoyan | 04th May 2020

COVID 19 – UPDATE 3: Support for children and young people: 31 March 2020

Imagine this… Partners please can you use your networks and mailing lists to spread the word so that families can be supported through these difficult times

Helplines – TCDT on 01803 446022 (which runs from 8am to 8pm 7 days a week) and one staffed by Brixham Does Care 01803 857727 (Mon-Fri 9am to 4.30pm). We also have an online form which can be accessed at bit.ly/torbayhelpline.

Torbay Help Hub on Facebook (group)

Their website is https://www.torbayhelphub.com/

Update on GOV.​UK. on 27 March 2020

Schools and families update from .GOV.UK 31 March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings

This guidance, updated daily is to help schools and other educational settings provide advice for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students about coronavirus (COVID-19).

It includes information about:

  • educational provision for vulnerable children and children of key workers
  • the closure of educational settings
  • free school meals arrangements
  • the cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels
  • travel guidance for educational settings
  • social distancing in education and childcare settings

This latest one includes the guidance on Free School Meals and the Voucher Scheme.   Schools are responsible for informing parents/carers about their arrangements which will vary across Torbay. Both documents can be found in the links below: -

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance?utm_source=1071571f-4a61-4b3e-9daf-23244c237f82&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/voucher-scheme-launches-for-schools-providing-free-school-meals?utm_source=1e8e0f2f-de27-4ddc-8bb7-4c57b4725211&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

Just to say thanks to all the imagine this… partners who have been sending in ideas of different things which could support children and young people through the next few months. Jo will be phoning everyone over the next day or so and if you have any more please do let us know.

Richard from The Children's Society has shared information about an organisation who deliver training to enable people to work effectively online with children and young people:

http://www.kateanthony.net/online-training/

There's a one-day course which gives a good general grounding, and a more in-depth (80 hour) training for practitioners who deliver more in-depth interactive online work (e.g. counsellors, therapists).

We're keen to find out how many of you would be interested in doing either of these courses. There's a good discount if we block book, and we may be able to allocate some funding to this. Please let us know.

Other information that has been sent in this week

Children are likely to be spending more time online. There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:

  • Thinkyouknow(advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
  • Internet matters(support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Parent info(support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • LGfL(support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Net-aware(support for parents and careers from the NSPCC)

A free daily inquiry-based activity to help children broaden perspectives, develop key lifeskills for wellbeing and feel curious about the wider world around them.

https://www.thoughtboxeducation.com/school-of-thought

FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Current, specific advice and support from Mind and the WHO about the Coronavirus- · 

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/mental-health-considerations.pdf?sfvrsn=6d3578af_2&mc_cid=308adcfa1f&mc_eid=ae3dab34f6 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/williamarruda/2020/03/15/9-ways-to-stay-positive-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/#79a8bddf5a8e

Other emotional and mental health and support websites-

It can be difficult to talk to our family about how we are feeling. These trusted websites are available to offer support and advice when we are struggling and need someone to listen. They all offer an online or text service, so you don’t need to speak to anyone on the phone.

YOUNG MINDS

https://youngminds.org.uk/

  • Provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis
  • If you need urgent help text YM to 85258
  • ll texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors
  • Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus. Childline
  • Comforts, advises and protects children 24 hours a day and offers free confidential counselling.
  • Phone 0800 1111 (24 hours)
  • Chat 1-2-1 with a counsellor online The Mix
  • Information, support and listening for people under 25.
  • Phone 0808 808 4994 (24 hours) Samaritans
  • 24 hour confidential listening and support for anyone who needs it. (Adults included.) jo@samaritans.org

KOOTH

https://www.kooth.com/

  • Phone 116 123 (24 hours)
  • Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people
  • Monday – Friday 12pm – 10pm

PAPYRUS

https://papyrus-uk.org/

  • Saturday – Sunday 6pm – 10pm
  • Provide confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person through our helpline, HOPELINEUK- 0800 068 4141

https://www.giveusashout.org/

  • 24/7 crisis support- text 85258

https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/

  • Confidential advice and support for those experiencing anxiety and depression.

http://www.y-smart.org.uk/

  • A confidential service in Devon offering support to young people who may be concerned about their alcohol or drug use
  • 01392 385637 Self-help and information websites-

These are all interactive with activities you can download/print out. They have some helpful information and coping techniques available that are simple to learn and that can help you deal with some of the things with which you may be struggling.

HEADSPACE www.headspace.com MOOD JUICE www.moodjuice.scot.nhs.uk GET SELF HELP www.getselfhelp.co.uk http://inhand.org.uk/ FRANK https://www.talktofrank.com/

DRINK AWARE https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/ SLEEP STATION https://www.sleepstation.org.uk/

Recommended Apps by NHS · http://inhand.org.uk/ to help young people through the ups and downs of life; it suggests activities to help based on how you rank your mood. · https://calmharm.co.uk/ reduces urges of self-harm and manage emotions in a positive way · http://chillpanda.co.uk/ Learn to relax, manage your worries and improve your wellbeing with Chill Panda. The app measures your heart rate and suggests tasks to suit your state of mind. Tasks include simple breathing techniques and light exercises to take your mind off your worries. · http://www.cove-app.com/ Improve your mental health by making music · https://www.meetwo.co.uk/ a safe and secure forum helping teenagers connect. · https://thrive.uk.com/

Helps you prevent and manage stress, anxiety and related conditions. The game-based app can be used to relax before a stressful situation or on a more regular basis to help you live a happier, more stress-free life. · https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/student-health-app/ support for students who are experiencing worries. · https://www.mypossibleself.com/ the mental health app clinically proven to reduce stress, anxiety and low mood

KB
Kelly Bedoyan | 04th May 2020

COVID 19 – UPDATE 2: Support for children and young people: 26 March 2020

Imagine this… Partners please can you use your networks and mailing lists to spread the word so that families can be supported through this very difficult time.

 

Helplines – TCDT on 01803 446022 (which runs from 8am to 8pm 7 days a week) and one staffed by Brixham Does Care 01803 857727 (Mon-Fri 9am to 4.30pm). We also have an online form which can be accessed at bit.ly/torbayhelpline.

 

In discussion with colleagues at the Council and additional staff are being deployed so these numbers can also be accessed by families who may need help and advice

 

Torbay Help Hub on Facebook

Their website is https://www.torbayhelphub.com/.

 

Public Health

There is information and guidance on coronavirus for schools and families on the Torbay Council website. This is frequently updated:

https://www.torbay.gov.uk/health-and-wellbeing/public-health/coronavirus/schools-and-families/

 

The 0 – 19 central point of contact for all questions and advice relating to:

Health Visitors, School Nurses, Children’s Centres, and services at Checkpoint is

0300 333 5352

 

Publichealthnursing.torbay@nhs.net

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/0to19Torbay/

Twitter @0to19Torbay

Instagram is 0to19Torbay

 

Torbay Council Children’s Services is responding to children who will require statutory social care responses and the following arrangements will be in place from Monday 23 March 2020:

 

MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub)

Torbay’s MASH provides a consistent and coordinated multi-agency response to individual situations relating to welfare and safeguarding concerns to children and young people. Referrals are made to MASH) in one of the following ways:

  • By email see Referral Form http://torbaysafeguarding.org.uk/workers/hub/
  • By phone, to Children's Social Care on 01803 208100
  • In an emergency outside office hours, by contacting the Emergency Duty Teamor the Police; needs check

 

During COVID 19 the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) will host a professional telephone consultation line. The phone calls will be answered by a qualified social worker who will support professionals in making decisions about whether there is a requirement to refer families for a statutory response. It is hoped that for some families who are in crisis, there will be the opportunity to direct them to alternative services so that free qualified social workers will be able to respond primarily to families and children in the greatest need of safeguarding services. The professional consultation number is 01803 208820.

 

There is also a centralized email to support professionals who need advice in relation to education or children’s social care during this period. This will be covered by senior business support officers with queries being directed to the most appropriate person who can respond. The email address is cscentral@torbay.gov.uk

 

Schools and families in Torbay

The Government is publishing information on a very regular basis.

Yesterday new guidance was issued on provisions being made for vulnerable children and young people

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings

Food

Torbay Council has set up a group to consider the whole issue of food distribution. This is now being led by the Director of Adult Social Services Jo Williams, supported by Becky Morgan and Chris Ellis. There will be consideration of partnership, foodbanks and delivery. Within TCDT colleagues including Jane Acton, Sandra Harper and Tanny Stobart. Details of sources and resources are being compiled.

Eat That Frog will be delivering a hot meal on Friday 27 March for free to any vulnerable person in the Paignton area. 

Contact Nina Pierson, Eat that Frog, 01803 226 493 Email: nina.pierson@eatthatfrog.ac.uk

 

If there are any families who are self-isolating and are on electric / gas meters or smart meters they can call the following provider numbers and organise to be sent 2 weeks credit for their meter

 

British Gas – 0333 202 9802

EDF – 0333 200 5100

EON – 0345 052 000

N Power – 0800 073 3000  

Scottish Power – 0800 027 0072

SSE – 0345 0262 658

 

Just to say thanks to all the imagine this… partners who have been sending in ideas of different things which could support children and young people through the next few months. Jo will be phoning everyone over the next day or so and if you have any more please do let us know.


If you would like something local and musical

https://moortoseamusic.org.uk/playing-together-ideas-to-try-at-home/

 

And if you want something active

https://www.activedevon.org/resources/

 

 https://www.sportengland.org/news/how-stay-active-while-youre-home

KB
Kelly Bedoyan | 04th May 2020

COVID 19 - Support for children and young people: 21 March 2020

The Imagine this… Partnership Managers are joining forces with the Torbay Community Development Trust (TCDT) to help with coronavirus support. We have agreement from our funders to divert our time to support children, young people and families in Torbay.

Our ask to the Imagine this… Partnership is that you use your networks and mailing lists to spread the word so that families can be supported through this very difficult time.

 

We are working closely with Healthwatch Torbay, Age UK, Torbay, Brixham Does Care, Citizens Advice and the Statutory sector. We will continue to meet with them (virtually) for the duration.

 

Collectively we have set up helplines – TCDT on 01803 446022 (which runs from 8am to 8pm 7 days a week) and one staffed by Brixham Does Care 01803 857727 (Mon-Fri 9am to 4.30pm). We also have an online form which can be accessed at bit.ly/torbayhelpline.

 

We are screening new volunteers offering help and taking up references. Despite this as we know there still needs to be an element of trust. We have a postcard for people who want to evidence they are registered with us – and we are asking volunteers to take ID with them when they volunteer.

 

For those communities wishing to self-organise but want to evidence they are genuine we have a letter they can use at bit.ly/torbaymicrovol. They must register with us to be able to use it.

 

We are also working closely with the new Torbay Help Hub on Facebook which attracted more than 25,000 likes in its first few days of operating. The idea is they will become the rapid update news source – who is open, which businesses are offering delivery, some of the lovely creative things that people are offering. Their website has just gone live at https://www.torbayhelphub.com/.

 

We are working closely with Torbay Council who will next week produce a newspaper all about coronavirus, what to do, who can help and in addition to the above, the TCDT will also have a double page spread featuring the work our community builders are doing.

 

Torbay Council children’s Services is responding to children who will require statutory social care responses and the following arrangements will be in place from Monday 23 March 2020:

 

MASH

The Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) will host a professional telephone consultation line. The phone calls will be answered by a qualified social worker who will support professionals in making decisions about whether there is a requirement to refer families for a statutory response. It is hoped that for some families who are in crisis, there will be the opportunity to direct them to alternative services so that free qualified social workers will be able to respond primarily to families and children in the greatest need of safeguarding services. The professional consultation number is 01803 208820.

 

There will also be a centralized email to support professionals who need advice in relation to education or children’s social care during this period. This will be covered by senior business support officers with queries being directed to the most appropriate person who can respond. The email address is cscentral@torbay.gov.uk

 

More detailed information re Child Protection Conferences, Looked After Reviews, Core Groups and Children in Need Meetings has been sent in a letter to all Headteachers, and members of the Torbay Safeguarding Children’s Partnership and the Children’s Improvement Board. A copy has also been circulated to representatives on the Imagine this… Partnership.

 

Schools and families in Torbay

Information is available and will be regularly updated here: https://www.torbay.gov.uk/health-and-wellbeing/public-health/coronavirus/

 

The Government is publishing information on a very regular basis. This includes:

Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers

Information for parents and carers about the closure of schools and other educational settings following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings
(COVID-19) in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students

Guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel advice for educational settings

 

Children’s Services are now supporting vulnerable families following the school closures for most children. Children’s Services will have 3 helplines launching early next week.

 

Food

Torbay Council has set up a group to consider the whole issue of food distribution. This is now being led by the Director of Adult Social Services Jo Williams, supported by Becky Morgan and Chris Ellis. There will be consideration of partnership, foodbanks and delivery. Within TCDT colleagues including Jane Acton, Sandra Harper and Tanny Stobart. Information about this will be circulated to Imagine this… Partners as soon as it is available.

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance-for-schools

 

Further updates will be sent as information becomes available.

KB
Kelly Bedoyan | 04th May 2020

COVID 19 – UPDATE 1: Support for children and young people: 24 March 2020

Imagine this… Partners please can you use your networks and mailing lists to spread the word so that families can be supported through this very difficult time.

 

Helplines – TCDT on 01803 446022 (which runs from 8am to 8pm 7 days a week) and one staffed by Brixham Does Care 01803 857727 (Mon-Fri 9am to 4.30pm). We also have an online form which can be accessed at bit.ly/torbayhelpline.

 

Torbay Help Hub on Facebook

Their website is https://www.torbayhelphub.com/.

 

Public Health

There is information and guidance on coronavirus for schools and families on the Torbay Council website. This is frequently updated:

https://www.torbay.gov.uk/health-and-wellbeing/public-health/coronavirus/schools-and-families/

 

The 0 – 19 central point of contact for all questions and advice relating to:

Health Visitors, School Nurses, Children’s Centres, and services at Checkpoint is

0300 333 5352

 

Publichealthnursing.torbay@nhs.net

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/0to19Torbay/

Twitter @0to19Torbay

Instagram is 0to19Torbay

 

Torbay Council Children’s Services is responding to children who will require statutory social care responses and the following arrangements will be in place from Monday 23 March 2020:

 

MASH

The Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) will host a professional telephone consultation line. The phone calls will be answered by a qualified social worker who will support professionals in making decisions about whether there is a requirement to refer families for a statutory response. It is hoped that for some families who are in crisis, there will be the opportunity to direct them to alternative services so that free qualified social workers will be able to respond primarily to families and children in the greatest need of safeguarding services. The professional consultation number is 01803 208820.

 

There will also be a centralized email to support professionals who need advice in relation to education or children’s social care during this period. This will be covered by senior business support officers with queries being directed to the most appropriate person who can respond. The email address is cscentral@torbay.gov.uk

 

Schools and families in Torbay

The Government is publishing information on a very regular basis.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings

Food

Torbay Council has set up a group to consider the whole issue of food distribution. This is now being led by the Director of Adult Social Services Jo Williams, supported by Becky Morgan and Chris Ellis. There will be consideration of partnership, foodbanks and delivery. Within TCDT colleagues including Jane Acton, Sandra Harper and Tanny Stobart. There is a meeting today and further information about this will be circulated tomorrow

www.givingworld.org.uk are providing free of charge clothing, food Items, toiletries, cleaning and household products so the most vulnerable people in our communities can stay safe and well.

 

Eat That Frog will be delivering a hot meal on Friday 27 March for free to any vulnerable person in the Paignton area. 

Contact Nina Pierson, Eat that Frog, 01803 226 493 Email: nina.pierson@eatthatfrog.ac.uk

For other information

The following are external links and whilst to the best of our knowledge, at the time of sending, the information contained in them is accurate and up to date but the position is changing on a daily basis

 

Please be sure to base any decisions you take on the most up to date information from any source.

Online isolation note here.

Health-related guidance from the NHS is available here.

Guidance from Public Health England including, for example, specific guidance for employers, educational and health-related organisations is available here.

Key Workers available here.

General Government information is available here.

If you have to self-isolate look here.

Useful information and Guidance from MIND to support wellbeing is here.

Free resources from Calm to support your mental and emotional awareness available here.

KB
Kelly Bedoyan | 30th Apr 2020

There’s a new word you might have heard.

You might hear people talking about it or you might hear it on the news. This word is the reason that you’re not going to school. It is the reason you can’t go outside very often or visit your friends. It might be the reason why  the grown-up or grown-ups who look after you are at home.

The word is...CoronavirusBut what ¡s ¡t and why ¡s everyone talk¡ng about ¡t?

Read more about it here!

Want to spread the word?

Found an activity that you enjoyed? Share your experience with your friends and family to let them know and help spread the word about what is going on in Torbay. You could even start a competition of who can find the most activities to do and complete in a week?!

 

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So far Louise, our Forest School leader, has been creating craft videos for you to do whilst at home during Coronavirus. There are a loads of ideas ... Read more

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We just wanted to share with everyone our most recent Lockdown Music Video made with young people from our Music at the Edge groups. We're really ... Read more

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