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Thursday 28th January 2021

Welcome to a special edition Family Information Service Newsletter!

As we continue to navigate through the latest lockdown, we thought it would be helpful to issue a special edition of the Family Information Service newsletter, providing you with lots of useful information on keeping yourself and your family safe while we are all continuing to spend a lot of time at home. 

The COVID-19 lockdown means that we all have reduced interaction with friends and family and we are all spending more time at home. For some people, home is not always a safe place so we would like to remind people that help is always available.

If you, or someone you know, is being subjected to emotional, physical, financial or sexual abuse, you do not need to feel alone. Click the link below to find out more about the county's services for immediate support.

Get support
Juggling work and home-schooling? Keep your children safe at home

Below are some useful resources to help parents and carers keep children and young people safe during lockdown.
With children spending much more time at home while schools are closed and many parents and carers juggling work and looking after little ones, there is more chance if an accident happening in the home.
 
There are lots of steps you can take to prevent accidents, take a look at some useful tips by clicking the link below.
General safety tips
Lockdown has been extremely difficult for lots of children and young people. It can be hard to recognise the signs of self-harm in children and teenagers, but as a parent it’s important to trust your instincts if you’re worried something’s wrong. The NSPCC has useful information on how to spot the signs if you're worried.
Spot the signs

The NSPCC has also shared some helpful advice for parents and carers who are worried about balancing working from home with family life, from creating structure to coping with difficult feelings. 

Advice from NSPCC

Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) has an easy-to-use, downloadable Parents' Pack. It’s full of quick wins that can help put you in charge of child safety, even when you’re feeling under pressure.  

If you want to give your child something to engage them, there are some fun activity sheets at the back of the pack too.

CAPT Parents' Pack

Warwickshire County Council's Early Help and Parent Trainer Team are hosting online parent workshops providing useful tips on how to have a safe and happy home. 

Register
Whilst there are huge benefits to being online in order to stay connected to family and friends during this period, it is recognised many parents may feel concerned about the activities and content their children are accessing. Click the link below for guidance and resources to help keep children safe from different risks online and where to go to receive support and advice.
View guidance
What's new?

Help at hand for Warwickshire families experiencing hardship

Warwickshire County Council continues to support families in need during this period of lockdown and school closures. 

Families facing unavoidable hardship are urged to reach out for help from the council’s Local Welfare Scheme which can put them in touch with a wide range of available support. 

Learn more
An online resource to help children and young people learn about safety

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service is supporting the release of Stay Wise – a free learning platform aimed at pupils aged 3 – 18 years old to help them learn about safety.

The aim of the resource is to save lives through education. Stay Wise brings together the educational resources of the emergency services linked to the national curriculum. That means pupils can learn about fire safety as part of a maths or science lesson, or write an escape plan instruction and how to keep safe as part of an English lesson. 

Find Out More

Pharmacies launch codeword scheme to offer lifeline to domestic abuse victims

Victims of domestic abuse can access much needed support from thousands of pharmacies across the UK, backed by the government.

The Ask for ANI scheme allows those at risk or suffering from abuse to discreetly signal that they need help and access support.

Find Out More
Home Secretary to introduce 'Kay's Law' reform to better protect victims

New laws to reform pre-charge bail will provide better protection for victims and witnesses in cases of violent and sexual offences. Police are now allowed to release a suspect from custody subject to conditions, while they gather evidence or await a charging decision.

The new measures will ensure a system where individuals are not held on bail for unreasonable lengths of time, whilst enabling police to impose strict conditions on more suspects in high-harm cases, including most cases of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

Find out more
Follow the latest advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID‑19) is spreading fast. Do not leave your home unless necessary.

1 in 3 people who have the virus have no symptoms, so you could be spreading it without knowing it. For the latest guidance, visit the NHS, Government or Warwickshire County Council websites.

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