Children and families
How we will be safeguarding children in this period
As the situation with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to develop, we remain committed to helping you and your family to stay safe. The Council and our partners, including the community and voluntary sector, are working together to continue to support and safeguard children.
How we are helping children
Schools across Sutton are developing their distance learning tools and opportunities to check in with students that are vulnerable, working in collaboration with the Children’s Social Care team.
Our school catering teams across Sutton have offered to provide hampers/packed lunches for any child that would usually receive free school meals. We will work with the Government to continue to implement this as we receive their support and instruction.
Limes College is remaining open and providing daily welfare calls to their students and a daily drop in with cooked lunches.
A duty helpline will be available for any parents that are seeking some support from their health visitors.
School nurses are now offering virtual support to parents, children and young people to support their mental health. We have set up a duty school nurse line to enable telephone contact for parents and young people, replacing some current face to face contact. To get in touch, call: 020 8770 5409.
HomeStart will offer a resource pack to help families with younger children that they support to organise and manage their time at home during school closures. The pack will cover keeping children occupied; managing anxiety; dealing with stress; cooking on a budget and who to contact for support with issues such as domestic abuse; and safeguarding.
For information, resources and useful links relevant for all families, including parents/carers of children with SEND, visit the Sutton Local Offer.
During this period, we have to deliver safeguarding in a different way.
We will continue to have ongoing support for children at risk of harm and in need of protection.
We will be risk assessing all statutory work to help us with prioritising.
We are developing ways to support people virtually where possible and appropriate
Qualified Social Workers across the Council are working together to ensure we respond as quickly as we can to referrals to our Protecting Children Team. We are monitoring the capacity of our workforce every day.
Our targeted Early Help teams are going to pause their work with families to support social care in responding to welfare visits and referrals.
Our Children’s First contact service is our one front door to tell us about a child you may be concerned about; CFCS referral form or contact 0208 770 6001 / 6072
Play service bookings are affected by the Government’s decision to close schools.
The play service will remain open to children of key workers and vulnerable children. There is guidance regarding which key sectors are eligible.
If Beddington Infants, Holy Trinity, Robin Hood Juniors or Robin Hood Infants have agreed your child should be at school from Monday we will offer an after school club, and your child will be collected from school as usual.
If your child cannot go to school unfortunately they cannot come to any sessions you may have booked. Any sessions booked you cannot use will count towards future bookings once the play service is able to reopen to all and continue with our usual service.
Thank you all for your understanding.
Support for single parents and carers
You may be anxious about what might happen in the event of you falling unwell. We recommend planning ahead with family and friends to consider the support you could get from the people that your child trusts and knows, as and when you may need it.
In an emergency, please call Children’s First Contact Service. Our Children’s Social Care team will be there to support your child’s safety.
The Sutton Carers Centre are offering advice and information to carers regarding COVID-19. They are also doing outreach calls for carers that may need support.
Sutton Carers Centre: 020 8296 5611
Groups and activities
Time Out Youth Project is delivering a virtual youth club, each Tuesday and Friday, from 3 - 5.30pm. This is for young people age 11+ (secondary school age).
Please visit our Facebook page TimeOutYouthProject for information on how to join us online.
In addition, the Youth Project is delivering online fitness, activity and ideas sessions on Facebook on a daily basis; these are to support both children and young people and maybe the rest of the family too!