SAFEGUARDING & WELL-BEING
Safeguarding & Child Protection
*Schools launching virtual learning platforms and online classrooms should review their existing child protection and safeguarding policies and consider implementing specific guidelines. View this CIS guidance on Keeping Students Safe and Protecting their Well-being in online and remote learning environments, and Safeguarding implications for online learning.
This ICMEC Safer School Infographic sets out key principles of e-learning and child protection.
View this SWGfL Safe Remote Learning for information about safeguards to put in place when organising classes online.
View this NSPCC Lone Working Guidance for information about how to protect staff, faculty and young people involved in one to one sessions.
Mental health & well-being of staff, faculty, parents and carers
*Resources for staff and faculty
School and university leaders are facing unprecedented and profound challenges. Guiding an organization through a global pandemic while also attending to personal circumstances requires extraordinary effort—key amongst these are efforts to protect the mental health and well-being of their communities. Read these key considerations and download an in-depth article, written in collaboration with mental health and well-being experts. Read article
Coram Life Education has launched a free online toolkit for primary school teachers, supporting pupils’ mental health as they adjust to a new school environment post-lockdown.
For schools whose campuses are starting to reopen, read this article by Mary Meredith, which looks at how schools can help students heal.
This Planning for a sustainable future guidance outlines how universities can make mental health a university-wide priority in the context of Covid-19.
The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families has published this advice for schools on how to help children manage their mental health and wellbeing during times of disruption to their learning.
The role of the counsellor
For guidance on the role of the school counsellor during online and remote learning, please see this Position Statement issued by ISCA.
Dealing with grief
- Helpful tips for teachers and faculty onhow to support bereaved students.
- The resource provides advice on how to support students experiencing traumatic grief.
- This is a free online support group for those experiencing grief.
Report online child sexual abuse material to international hotlines.
Report inappropriate, harmful or illegal material directly to the service provider on their website. View reporting routes
This Managing Allegations Protocol will help you to prepare for and respond to any allegations against staff or volunteers.
Helplines and Virtual Counselling Organisations
The following organizations offer virtual counselling:
Online Safety Resources
- The ICMEC Education Portal contains a full list of resources
- Childnet International develops and raises awareness of excellent resources for children of all ages, and has published this blog with advice and resources to use during the Coronavirus.
- This Digital Leadership Programme empowers students to have agency to promote online safety
- Europol has created these infographics for students and parents and professionals and employers
Resources to share with your staff and faculty, students, parents & carers
Protecting your own well-being
- This advice from Dr. Mitchell will help your staff and parents to establish a routine and protect their well-being in isolation.
- This self-care resource has many simple activities which students can do at home. Staff, faculty and parents might also find this tool helpful.
- This webinar series helps you to deal with daily stress, anxiety, and a range of other emotions.
Supporting others who are struggling
- Tips and Tools for conversations about mental health struggles in a time of social distancing.
- Resources for offering help to a friend or loved one who is having a bad day.
- This short animation from Anna Freud offers a simple principle for staff to remember when supporting students’ mental health; CARE: (Curious, Approachable, Refer, Empathy).
Self-awareness and well-being for educators
Ellen Mahoney reflects on the mental health of educators during times of uncertainty and provides suggestions and resources to help address feelings of powerless or ill-equipped or hopeless. Read more and find her educator well-being handbook.
The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust has prepared this guide for line managers on protecting and supporting your staff’s mental health.
Parents and carers
The NSPCC has produced advice for parents who are worried a child or young person may be struggling with their mental health or has anxiety about Coronavirus: Talking to a child worried about coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Find a trusted child helpline in your country. Read more
- Childline has created a webpage with information for children about coronavirus.
- See these storybooks for children on COVID-19: My Hero is you and meet Oscar & Zoe.
- Use this Barnardo’s wish box or Young Minds self soothing box with your students.
YoungMinds has published advice on:
- Looking after your mental health while self-isolating
- What to do if you are anxious about coronavirus
- Talking to your child about coronavirus
Student Minds has produced guidance and links to resources to help students:
- Look after their mental health
- Guidance for those with ongoing mental health difficulties
- Looking after your health if self-isolating
- Tackling xenophobia
- Supporting friends & family