28 April 2020

Keeping children safe and supported

Posted in Childcare

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:

  • A regular breakfast time
  • Family exercise time
  • Family game times

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:

  • Being cyber-bullied
  • Being asked to send inappropriate images
  • Being groomed.


  • Limit and supervise children and young people’s online time where possible
  • Have conversations with children and young people about the above risks
  • Letting children and young people know they can speak to an adult or the Kids Helpline (ph 1800 551 800) if they ever feel unsafe. It is a great tool in a child's or young person’s safety toolbox!
  • Try and limit the amount of exposure children and young people have to the constant negative news about Coronavirus – as this repeated messaging can be traumatic.

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