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safeguarding Information during Covid -19 School closures

Worried about a child or teenager who might be at risk of harm or in danger?

  • In an emergency call 999
  • Otherwise contact the Single Point of Advice (SPOA) team: Phone: 01323 464222

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm, Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm

E-mail: 0-19.SPoA@eastsussex.gov.uk 

We also have a safegaurding e-mail set up please use this to detail your concerns direct to the school

safeguarding@st-michaels.e-sussex.sch.uk

The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) oversees allegations about adults who work or volunteer with children. 

Refer directly to the Single Point of Advice (SPOA) cia the following 0-19.SPoA@eastsussex.gov.uk when a child is at risk of, or has suffered, significant harm and an adult who is working or volunteering with children has:

  • harmed or may have harmed a child
  • possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child
  • behaved in a way that suggests they may pose a risk to children

For other concerns about conduct, you can make a referral to the LADO.

https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/childrenandfamilies/professional-resources/lado?utm_source=shorturl-lado&utm_medium=shorturl&utm_content=shorturlreviewjan2020&utm_campaign=webteam

Well being during Remote learning

School staff are in contact with every family- generally weekly.  We also have class e-mails set up so fammilies can easily contact class teachers. This is the first port of call if you have any concerns particularly around well being as we will offer support or sign post to other organisations that may be able to offer advice

Below is further information about possible support:

https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/childrenandfamilies/familysupport/

Children often have ups and downs (so do grown ups during lockdown). We are all out of our routines at the moment while we work together to beat the coronavirus. Some days can be much  harder than others.  Children can also have periods where they feel anxious. We know they are particularly worried about their family member becoming ill.

 Below is a a child friendly explanation of the virus in a picture book illustratioin by Axel Scaffer illustrator The Gruffalo.

Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo, said:

“I asked myself what I could do as an children’s illustrator to inform, as well as entertain, my readers here and abroad. So I was glad when my publisher, Nosy Crow, asked me to illustrate this question-and-answer book about the coronavirus. I think it is extremely important for children and families to have access to good and reliable information in this unprecedented crisis, and I hope that the popularity of the books I’ve done with Julia Donaldson will ensure that this digital book will reach many children who are now slightly older, but might still remember our picture books.”

Resources top support learning

Below are resources that it could be useful to refer to and discuss with your children. Please e-mail the office if you would like a copy printed out.

office@st-michaels.e-sussex.sch.uk

Childline

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It can be difficult to cope when there’s so much changing around us. You might be worried about schools closing, friends or relatives getting ill or what' will happen in the future.

Childline and their counsellors want to support you through this.

Childline counsellor 1-2-1 chat

https://www.childline.org.uk/get-support/1-2-1-counsellor-chat/

Well being advice

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Information on the importance of sleep

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/sleep/

How to relax

https://youtu.be/cyEdZ23Cp1E

MIndful breathing

https://youtu.be/wfDTp2GogaQ

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Thrive Activities

For children up to seven years of age :

For children up to eleven years of age:

The Book of Hopes

Completely free for all children and families, the extraordinary collection of short stories, poems, essays and pictures has contributions from more than 110 children’s writers and illustrators, including Lauren Child, Anthony Horowitz, Greg James and Chris Smith, Michael Morpurgo, Liz Pichon, Axel Scheffler, Francesca Simon and Jacqueline Wilson.

The collection, published by Bloomsbury, is dedicated to the doctors, nurses, carers, porters, cleaners and everyone currently working in hospitals.

https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/9-12/book-hopes/

 

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