The Section below will be updated regularly with information sent to parents and students
Government offering free wifi for children and families from BT - added 22 July 2020:
Please find a link below to a Government website with information on how to receive a log in for free wifi for children who don’t currently have access.
Vouchers are available to families with children from early years up to 16, and care leavers up to 25 if they:
- don’t have access to a fixed broadband connection
- cannot afford the additional data needed to access educational resources or social care services
- have access to a BT hotspot (coverage varies depending on where you live)
Further information available here: https://get-help-with-tech.education.gov.uk/about-bt-wifi
Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum - Parents wellbeing sessions - added 22 July 2020:
Learning to see the light after lockdown
Parents can join a free 90-minute Zoom session to help improve their mental health & wellbeing.
Nicole from Hummingbird Hypnotherapy will be giving proven techniques to help you make positive changes to your lives.
Relax with like-minded people in a positive atmosphere.
Dates: Thursday 30th July at 7pm - Managing the ease of lockdown
Thursday 13th August 2pm - Stress management and responses
Thursday 20th August 7pm - TBA
Thursday 3rd September 1pm - TBA
Free sessions for LPCF members only (if you are a parent of a child with SEND you can join their membership via their website).
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for an invitation.
Barnardo's Returning to School Resource - added 17 July 2020:
Barnardo’s ‘See Hear Respond’ service - added 9 July 2020
See Hear Respond is a service provided across England by Barnardo’s and other national and local community-based organisations in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The programme has been created to help children and young people in England who are experiencing harm and increased adversity during this period by providing support to those who are not being seen by social care or other key agencies.
Working with its partners, Barnardo’s aims to reduce the likelihood of harm and ensure other support and protective networks are in place using:
- online digital support, including advice and information, online counselling and a telephone helpline
- face to face interventions, such as support for groups at risk outside the home and one to one support
- reintegration into education, including assessments and the delivery of support pathways back to education
See Hear Respond accept referrals from any source either through the Freephone number 0800 151 7015 and via the online referral hub.
Instructions for students for Team Meetings online.
Government Advice for Keeping Children Safe Online at Home - added 29 June 2020:
SafeToNet app - free for 1 million UK families - added 29 June 2020:
SafeToNet is a charitable foundation who do a huge amount of work around online safeguarding. They have developed an app which they are making free to 1 million families in the UK for life. To find out more, read the article HERE and learn a little more about how the app works HERE
FamilyLine - Support for Parents - added 7 May 2020:
Family pressures can sometimes be difficult to manage without emotional support and guidance to help. Many people feel confused by what information is available or struggle to access services close to home.
The free FamilyLine service from the organisation Family Action tackles these issues in a new and innovative way by using a network of volunteers from across the country to support family members over the age of 18 through telephone calls, email, web chat and text message.
How it works - We are here to provide a listening ear, answer particular parenting questions or help with guidance around more complex family issues. We can also provide longer-term support through regular sessions with our Befrienders and Counsellors. All support takes place via telephone, text message, web chat or email and is free.
How to access the service - Family members aged 18 years old and over from anywhere in England, Wales and the Isle of Man can get in touch with the service for free via telephone, text message, web chat or email, using the details below.
- Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm
- Telephone: 0808 802 6666
- Text message: 07537 404 282
- Email: email@example.com
- Live web chat
Contacting us out of hours
Do you need FamilyLine but it’s out of our operation hours? You can either call back in our opening hours, leave a message on our voice mail for a call back in our operation hours or if you’re in crisis you can contact our crisis line to get in touch with a trained professional.
- Text FAMILYACTION to 85258
Our crisis messenger text service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. We know that getting the correct support at the correct time is so beneficial which is why we’ve introduced our crisis line. This service is delivered in partnership with Shout.
The link for the webpage is - https://www.family-action.org.uk/what-we-do/children-families/familyline/
Information and resources for parents from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health 13 May 2020
Important for Parents - Nintendo Switch Hack - from esafety-advisor.com 28 April 2020
Nintendo have confirmed a data breach which means that over 160,000 accounts have had their details stolen, some of these accounts have already been used to make illegal purchases.
More information about this can be found on our website here: http://www.williamfarr.lincs.sch.uk/information/being-safe-online
This week (29 April) - What parents and carers need to know about Google Stadia
Advice on how to keep your child safe online from Gov.uk added 31 March 2020:
Where can I go to get support to help keep my child safe online?
There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. 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)
Specific advice on how to keep your child safe online whilst they work from home; from CEOP - a command of the UK National Crime Agency:
How to handle online abuse from Lincolnshire Safeguarding Partnership added 22nd April
Some guides from National Safety Online's Wake up Wednesday campaign; more are added weekly to our Being Safe Online page here: http://www.williamfarr.lincs.sch.uk/information/being-safe-online
From the Children's Commissioner:
From National Online Safety - guidance on using Zoom added on 8th April:
A leaflet from Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Partnership with hints and tips about the virus added on 14th April:
These documents give advice and checklists of who to call and when, for various symptoms of illness or injuries in children, not just for the COVID19 virus. Added on 17th April:
Advice from Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health:
Advice from Barts Health NHS Trust, supported by Kenny Gibson, NHS Head of Safeguarding: