Safeguarding Vulnerable Children and Young People During COVID-19

Date:     Tuesday 30th June 2020

Time:     10:00am - 2:00pm

Venue:  ONLINE Live Webinar

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The COVID-19 pandemic has presented the country with an unprecedented and multi-layered set of challenges. Whilst strict lockdown and social distancing measures have helped to mitigate the spread of infection, many vulnerable children and young people find themselves isolated and exposed to other potentially harmful risks. With less than 5% of vulnerable pupils attending school in England and Wales during the lockdown, they have become 'invisible' to local authorities and are instead living with greater risks of domestic abuse, drug/alcohol misuse, parental mental health problems and poverty. Without the vital support systems provided by schools, children’s centres, youth clubs, health visitors and social workers these vulnerable young people are more susceptible to mental health issues, neglect, online grooming and sexual or criminal exploitation by county lines gangs.

Recognising the unintended consequences of lockdown, the Government has pledged more than £34m in emergency support to help troubled families, safeguard vulnerable children, enhance support services, and mitigate the risks to children and young people during the Coronavirus pandemic.

With core measures of the lockdown remaining in place for the foreseeable future, this timely Policy Foresight online live seminar brings together key partners from education, child protection, police, health, third sector, local authorities and other statutory agencies to discuss the key issues facing vulnerable children and young people at this difficult time, and explore innovative solutions to safeguard and support them through this crisis and beyond.

Resource - 22nd March 2020: Supporting vulnerable children and young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Latest News - 2nd May 2020: Emergency funding to support most vulnerable in society during pandemic

Latest News - 29th May 2020: Online child abuse rising during lockdown warn police

Latest News - 7th June 2020: Extra mental health support for pupils and teachers

Latest News - 22nd June 2020: Coronavirus: Children 'developing post-traumatic stress' from pandemic


Delegate Online Login


Chair's Welcome and Opening Remarks


Opening Session


Comfort Break


Panel One


Comfort Break


Panel Two


Comfort Break


Panel Three


Final Questions and Chair's Summary & Closing Comments


End of Online Seminar

*Please note the programme and timings are subject to slight alteration


Graham Archer, Director of Children’s Social Care, Improvement and Learning - Social Care, Mobility & Disadvantage (SCMD), Department for Education


Amanda Naylor, Assistant Director for Impact, Barnardo’s


Rosy Roche, Senior Policy and Public Affairs Officer, NSPCC

St Giles Trust

Junior Smart OBE, Founder and Business Development Manager, SOS Gangs Project; St Giles Trust


Roxane Caplan, Head of Service Development, YoungMinds


Jenna Julius, Senior Economist, National Foundation for Educational Research

Redbridge Council

Gita Hargun, Service Manager for Families Together Hub, London Borough of Redbridge


Matthew Scott, Director, TONIC

  • Local Authority Officers & Councillors
  • Central Government Departments & Agencies
  • Directors of Children’s Service
  • Local Safeguarding Children Boards
  • Safeguarding & Child Protection Teams
  • Children & Family Services
  • CAMHS Practitioners
  • NHS Health Workers
  • Family & Parental Support Workers
  • Troubled Families Teams
  • Social Workers
  • Neighbourhood Co-ordinators
  • Family Services
  • Head Teachers, Deputy Heads & Assistant Heads
  • Pupil Referral Units
  • Education Welfare Services
  • Local Education Authorities
  • Community Psychology & Psychiatric Nurses
  • Mentoring Services
  • Community Safety Teams
  • YOS/YOT Managers & Members
  • Police Authorities
  • Police & Crime Commissioners
  • Police Youth Engagement Officers
  • Neighbourhood Policing Officers & Practitioners
  • Organised Crime Police Teams
  • Police Community Support Officers
  • Anti-Social Behaviour Coordinators
  • Domestic Violence Co-ordinators
  • Drug & Alcohol Action Teams
  • Youth & Community Workers
  • Youth Inclusion Officers
  • Community Safety Officers & Managers
  • Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnerships
  • Neighbourhood Wardens
  • YOI Governors & Managers
  • Probation Officers & Managers
  • Offender Managers
  • Local Criminal Justice Boards
  • Criminal Justice Liaison Teams
  • Youth Inclusion & Support Panel Members
  • Chairs & Chiefs of Probation Boards
  • Court Service, Judges & Magistrates
  • Criminologists
  • Diversity & Equality Officers
  • Voluntary & Community Organisations
  • Academics & Researchers

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