Coronavirus: safeguarding and child protection

Last updated: 28 May 2020

Helping you support children during the COVID-19 pandemic

Safeguarding and child protection are as important now as they ever have been. But with many children spending less time in schools and social distancing measures in place across the UK, we all need to think about the way we keep children safe during the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).

We’ve put together a list of services and resources to support your work with children, young people and their families during this challenging period.

Things are changing rapidly at the moment so we’ll be updating and adding to this information regularly.

Keeping up-to-date

Our weekly current awareness email for child protection policy, practice and research is a good way to keep up-to-date with the changing legislation and guidance in all four nations of the UK.

> Sign up to CASPAR

Concerns about a child’s wellbeing

We all have a responsibility to keep children safe. This is even more important at a time when children aren’t being seen by a range of professionals on a daily basis.

We’ve put together some information on the NSPCC website to explain how to spot the signs of abuse and neglect while social distancing measures are in place.

If you have any concerns about a child’s wellbeing, contact the NSPCC Helpline.

Our trained professionals will talk through your concerns with you, give you expert advice and take appropriate action to protect the child.

Call us on 0808 800 5000 or email

Safeguarding guidance

Safeguarding guidance

NEW - Recruiting safely during coronavirus

Last updated: 26 May 2020

We’ve created a step-by-step guide to help you make sure anyone you’re recruiting during the pandemic is suitable to work with children.

> Check out the guide

NEW - Safeguarding during coronavirus: voluntary and community groups

Last updated: 26 May 2020

There are lots of challenges for voluntary and community sector groups and organisations at the moment. We’ve pulled together some resources to help keep children safe.

> Read our guidance


Coronavirus briefing: guidance for social workers

Last updated: 22 May 2020

We’ve pulled together guidance from across the UK to help social workers and local authorities keep children safe during the pandemic.

> View the briefing

Coronavirus briefing: safeguarding information and guidance for schools

Last updated: 20 May 2020

We’ve used the government guidance for schools across the UK to answer frequently asked questions about safeguarding during the pandemic.

> Read the briefing

Coronavirus briefing: guidance and information for early years providers

Last updated: 27 May 2020

We've collated the guidance for registered and regulated early years providers on safeguarding and child protection during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

> Read the briefing

Safeguarding during coronavirus: school governors and trustees

Last updated: 4 May 2020

We’ve pulled together some things to consider to help governors and trustees support their schools during the pandemic.

> Find out more

Coronavirus: 5 steps to update your safeguarding policies and procedures

Last updated: 27 April 2020

Existing safeguarding and child protection policies may not reflect new, unprecedented ways of working during the pandemic. We've listed five steps that you can take to ensure your policies and procedures are up-to-date.

> Discover what the five steps are

Undertaking remote teaching safely

Last updated: 21 April 2020

We’ve set out the safeguarding considerations for remote teaching during the pandemic. Although this information is aimed at schools, the principles of best practice will also be helpful for people carrying out other activities remotely.

> Find out more

Guidance for sports clubs and organisations

Last updated: 2 April 2020

The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) has put together an information page about safeguarding in sport during the coronavirus pandemic on their website. This includes some best practice information about remote sports coaching.

> Read the CPSU guidance on safeguarding in sport

> Learn about remote teaching and coaching

Supporting children

Supporting children

NEW - Online safety during coronavirus

Last updated: 18 May 2020

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and lockdown, children are relying even more on online technology. Learn how to protect children from the risks they face online.

> Read the advice


Adapting our perinatal mental health services during coronavirus

Last updated: 4 May 2020

​Find out how we are adapting our perinatal mental health services to help families and children during the coronavirus pandemic.

> Read the full news story

Supporting children and young people’s mental health

Last updated: 27 April 2020

It's important that we support children and young people with their mental health and wellbeing through this challenging time. We've compiled resources that you can use or share with others to help support children's mental health and wellbeing.

> Take a look at the resources

What children are saying to Childline about coronavirus

Last updated: 17 April 2020

An overview of the main concerns children and young people have contacted Childline counsellors about between 21 January 2020 and 8 April 2020 that are related to coronavirus. 

> Read the briefing

How to have difficult conversations

Last updated: 17 April 2020

It’s not always easy to start a conversation about a tricky subject such as coronavirus. We’ve got some advice about how to have difficult conversations with children and young people.

> Read our tips

Books for children who are worried or anxious

Our library service has put together a reading list of books you can use to support children who are experiencing stress and anxiety at this time.

> View the list


Childline can provide children and young people with free, confidential advice and support. Calls to 0800 1111 are free and children can also get support online. See the Childline website for:

Online training

Online training

Now might be a good time for people who are social distancing or in self-isolation to brush up on their child protection training. We’re temporarily reducing the price of our elearning to support all people working with children.

  • Up to 10 licences: 10% off
  • 10 to 49 licences: 15% off
  • 50 to 99 licences: 20% off
  • 100+ licences: 25% off

> Have a look at our online child protection courses

Free safeguarding awareness training

We're temporarily making our paid-for online course free to access to support anyone who enters or visits people's homes to recognise the signs of abuse and neglect and know what to do to protect a child during this challenging time.

> Take our free online course

Support from us

Support from us

Information service

Our free Knowledge and Information Service is still open to help you find the information and resources you need to keep children safe.

> Contact the Information service

Consultancy service

Our Consultancy team in England is currently offering a free 30 minute call, offering advice and support specific to your safeguarding arrangements. For example we can help you review and update your safeguarding policies using our suite of Health Checks (these can be carried out remotely).

> Find out more about our Consultancy service