Education Scotland Transition for all ages
COVID-19 has brought huge challenges and changes to all our lives. In the context of COVID 19, all children and young people have experienced unexpected transitions such as school closure, extended time at home and learning in a different school or centre. Others may have experienced changes in family circumstances and may have changed address or care placement. Children and young people can expect to return to a school which looks quite different from that experienced previously.
Education Scotland is working with the Scottish Government, local authorities and school staff to help plan support for you and your child. Keeping you informed is vital. This collection of links and resources will be continually updated and aims to connect you to the latest help and advice as we all work together to ensure children and young people can make safe and happy transitions in 2020.
Please see here for helpful information on:
Support for parents and carers during the Covid-19 pandemic from Respect Me ( https://respectme.org.uk/ )
Children and young people may be spending more time online at home than usual. For most, the internet will remain a fun and helpful tool to stay connected, however increased time online also comes with risks, and in times of uncertainty incidences of prejudice-based bullying and hate crime can rise. We have created a new tip sheet to help parents and carers keep their children safe when it comes to online bullying.
Download '5 ways to keep your child safe when it comes to online bullying' here:
Lisa, our training officer, has also filmed a series of short videos aimed at expanding on the tip sheet and providing parents and carers with practical advice to deal with incidents of online bullying.
Watch the full playlist of videos here:
Finally, to stay updated on our continued service delivery during the Covid-19 pandemic, and to read the most recent statement from our director, please visit the news section of our website.
Click here to read our Director's statement on Covid-19:
Over the coming weeks and months, we will continue to monitor the situation and respond the best way we can to the needs of our audience. To keep up to date with our work, you can follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
Stay safe and well
LGBT YOUTH SERVICES DURING COVID-19
In digital groups, LGBT Youth Services are offering a wide range of groups, activities, and events for lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender young people and their friends. Any young person wishing to access groups can connect with them by visiting https://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/groups…/findlocal-youth-groups/
D&G Youth Groups:
• Phoenix (13-17 years) Tuesday 6.00 to 8.00pm
• Up’n’Oot (18 -25 years) Thursday 7.00 to 9.00pm
• Spectrum (13-25 years) first Saturday of the month 1.00 to 3.00pm
• The LiveChat feature of the website is a fantastic way for LGBT young people to chat with trained youth workers in real time about what’s on their mind. This is a private place designed for them to comfortably chat with an online youth worker. Information with dates and times can
be found here - https://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/yp-online-support
• 1:1 support with D&G youth workers. They are also offering 1:1 support via phone, text or messenger with local youth workers. Get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org
Scottish Welfare Fund - Crisis grants help available
Are you struggling for money to cover the basics such as food, gas and electricity as a result of COVID-19?
It may be that you are waiting on a benefit payment or money from HMRC due to being furloughed or your income has been greatly reduced.
Don’t struggle as help is available. The Scottish Welfare Fund can offer immediate help for you in the short term with some money to pay for these items.
The money is a grant so you don’t need to pay it back.
The quickest and easiest way to apply for these grants is by using an on-line application https://dumgal.gov.uk/
You can also phone the Council’s call centre on 030 33 33 3007 and one of the team will phone you back and take the application over the phone for you.
CYBERCRIME PREVENTION – INFORMATION FOR PARENTS AND CARERS FROM POLICE SCOTLAND
With every school in the UK closed, children and young people will be spending more time online while they are attending to school work and maintaining social contact with their friends.
Children and young people effectively live their lives in two worlds, the physical world and the virtual world. Police Scotland want them to be as protected in the virtual world as they are in the physical world. It is important that everyone is aware that some people pretend to be someone else, a different gender, a different age group etc. in an attempt to lure, coerce, exploit, intimidate and do harm to children and young people.
Parents and Carers may need support to enhance children’s or young people’s safety, security and awareness at a time when they will be spending more time online. The information on cybercrime prevention, which can be accessed using the links below, is very informative, easy to follow and will provide the opportunity to start the discussion about online safety with the children and young people in your household.
Thinkuknow is the online safety education programme from the National Crime Agency. There are home activity packs to support children and young people between the ages of 4 and 14+.
Please find below some useful advice and support for our young people and their families.
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Supporting all schools in times of uncertainty.
'Booky' things to do!
I’ve been having a look around to see what sites offer ‘booky’ type activities – some even offer some free reading. These are just some of the best ones I have come across but there are probably more – if you have found any, feel free to add them in a comment. Stay safe and read on ??
Plenty of activities listed here to do, including some of their favourites from other websites:
Listen to children’s authors interviews including excerpts from their books. Cressida Cowell, David Walliams and many more:
This looks fun….a Harry Potter themed online escape room:
David Walliams is reading his fantastic books at 11am each day and lots of other activities to do on his website:
Oxford Owl have a limited list of free ebooks to read – you just have to do a quick easy registration.
Book Trust have a ‘home time’ page which is updated each day with different author screenings and activities:
Some cool things to do on here, how to draw a Gruffalo, make a mini book and a Jacqueline Wilson interview:
World Book Online
World Book Online have just made their fabulous collection of over 3,000 ebooks and audiobooks available for free for children to access at home. They have books suitable for all ages. Click on the following link to access them.
Scams Advice During Coronavirus Period
Please be aware not everyone out there is trustworthy and some people will take advantage of this unusual situation at the present time.
Here are just some of the scams we are aware of, but note that criminals come in all shapes and sizes and can contact you at the door, by phone, post or online.
Stay safe and follow all government and NHS guidelines.
Be Aware of people offering or selling:
Virus testing kits
Vaccines or miracle cures - there is currently no vaccine or cure.
Overpriced or fake goods to protect yourself from coronavirus such as anti-bacterial products.
Shopping or medication collection services.
Home cleaning services
Protect yourself and others:
Don't be rushed into making a decision. If it sounds to good to be true it probably is.
Only purchase goods from legitimate retailers and take a moment to think before parting with money or personal information.
Don't assume everyone is genuine. It's okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush and panic you.
If someone claims to represent a charity, ask them for ID. Be suspicious of requests for money up front. If someone attempts to pressurise you into accepting a service they are unlikely to be genuine. Check with family and friends before accepting offers of help if you are unsure.
For advice on scams call Advice Direct Scotland on 0808 164 6000
To report a scam call Police Scotland on 101
Contact your bank immediately if you think you have been scammed.
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Mark Armstrong (NHWN, Community Support Officer, NW Scotland)