COVID-19 Support

Rapid support for children and young people affected by the coronavirus crisis

Barnardos has launched a new scheme to help young people affected by the coronavirus crisis. The See, Hear, Respond Partnership will quickly identify and support children, young people and families who are struggling to cope with the impacts of coronavirus. Its aim is to provide early intervention before these children reach the threshold for statutory intervention.

See, Hear, Respond does not replace your usual referral process for children who meet a statutory threshold for significant harm: such referrals must be made to your local authority safeguarding team using your usual safeguarding procedures.

Barnardos say they ‘especially want to invite referrals for families who are most isolated from support due to Covid-19, including:

Under 5s with a specific focus on under 2s

Those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and where there are concerns about their welfare e.g. online safety

Children and young people experiencing anxiety, stress and other mental health difficulties

Children who may be at increased risk of abuse, neglect and exploitation inside or outside of the home

Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee children who experience barriers to accessing services

Young carers

You can find more information and a referral form here