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Covid-19: Safeguarding

London Sport recognises that there are a series of challenges arising as a result of the covid-19 outbreak connected to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults.

The closure of schools and the cancellation of physical activity and sports sessions, training groups and matches will mean less contact between vulnerable people and those who often act as the eyes and ears of the community.

Teachers and community volunteers (e.g. sports coaches) are often the first to spot signs of abuse and neglect and, with agencies being focused elsewhere, we must work together to protect the most vulnerable.


NSPCC Helpline: 0808 800 5000 or email [email protected] anytime.

NSPCC Learning – Undertaking remote teaching safely

NSPCC Learning – How to have difficult conversations with children

The NSPCC and O2 have developed a tool which helps parents and carers navigate a world in which they may be unfamiliar. With the current situation meaning that children are having more time at home, it’s important that online activity is conducted in an informed way.

Childline Helpline: 0800 1111

A message from Childline

Childline – Coronavirus

Childline – Dealing with anxiety

London Sport safeguarding

London safeguarding children board

Child Protection in Sport Unit – Remote Teaching and Coaching

NSPCC livestream and video apps – learn about livestreaming and video apps and how to keep children safe.

The Education People – COVID-19 Toolkit

Anna Freud Centre – Supporting young people’s mental health during disruption

Think U Know – How to Support your Child at Home

Future Learn – Covid-19: Helping young people manage low mood and depression

Guide to screen addictions and responsible digital use

OK Rehab specialises in addiction treatment (drugs, alcohol etc)

Organisations that support young people experiencing poor mental health

This is not an exhaustive list, however the organisations below can provide guidance and support for young people who are experiencing poor mental health. In addition, your GP and school can provide guidance on local services that may be available while MyTutor have provided this guide for parents of teenagers.

YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

SelfharmUK is a project dedicated to supporting young people impacted by self harm, providing a safe space to talk, ask any questions and be honest about what’s going on in your life.

Harmless is a national voluntary organisation for people who self harm, their friends, families and professionals.

Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Samaritans provides confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress and despair.

Kooth offer free counselling support for young people as well as operating discussion boards, help articles and self-help tools.

London Sport has created a new page which will be updated with any new statements or information from London Sport on the covid-19 outbreak and any impacts on our work.