Safeguarding children during COVID-19

We have developed resources to help your work with children, young people and their families make sense of what they are seeing, hearing and feeling during this challenging time of coronavirus (COVID-19). 

These resources can help your organisation and your professional practice support children, young people and their families maintain a sense of physical safety and mental wellbeing. 
As we develop more resources, we will let you know via our newsletter (you can subscribe here), or visit this page to keep up to date with the latest articles.

Kids Central tip sheets for COVID-19

Supporting parenting

*These resources were not designed for families experiencing coercive control, ongoing stalking, violence, abuse or threats to safety. Refer families in these circumstances to safety and survival planning appropriate to the COVID-19 context - see links below or call 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).

COVID-19 resources from other organisations

In times like these, it helps to share resources. These links are from a wide range of organisations with tips for parents, children and practitioners.

Talking to children and young people

Support for domestic violence

  • 1800RESPECT: self isolation and COVID-19
  • Insight Exchange: resources for professionals and families experiencing domestic violence, including faith-based settings

Mental health

  • beyondblue: looking after yourself during the coronavirus outbreak

For parents and carers

General information

Online safety

Indigenous and Torres Straight Islander resources

  • Indigenous.gov.au: tips on preventing the spread of coronavirus
  • SNAICC: COVID-19 resources for children, families, communities and services

Multicultural resources

Kids Helpline

1800 55 1800

This portal is aimed at people working in youth-serving organizations to help them better prevent and respond to harm to children.

If you would like to talk to a trained professional about what you’ve seen on the Portal, or need help, please call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Emergency

If you believe a child or young person is in immediate danger, call Police on 000.

Emergency and safety
Further information

For further information on crisis responses and reporting child abuse and neglect, see: Australian Institue of Family Studies website.

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