28 April 2020
At the Y, we believe in the power of inspired young people. Children and young people tell us that they can only be inspired if they feel safe and are safe. Many children and young people are now at home more regularly and this can place increased stress and anxiety on ourselves and our loved ones. During this difficult time, it is essential we continue to put the safety and welfare of all children and young people first, whilst acknowledging that this is a particularly difficult time for us as adults as well.
In times like these, maintaining a routine for children and young people is more important than ever. Whilst this can be extremely challenging due to the current lockdown climate, we know that a routine gives children and young people stability, structure and this inherently helps them to feel safe and be safe.
Simple things can help provide structure and enjoyment:
As children and young people are spending more time at home, it is likely that they are also spending more time online. The online world is a great resource to help children and young people to continue to learn and socialise during this current lockdown. However, we know that during times like these, there is an increased risk for children and young people to be targeted online by those who may wish to harm them.
The risks to children and young people can include: