Half term holiday provision:
· Please refer to the link below if you need childcare during the half term for your child/children. The location details are available if you click the link below.
The government free school meal voucher scheme will not be issuing vouchers next week as it is half term. LCC will be providing parents entitled to fsm with £10 Asda vouchers which will be emailed from school. Parents will be emailed the voucher by Monday 25th May. Parents who normally collect vouchers will need to collect their voucher from school this Friday 22nd May between 9.30am and 3.30pm, vouchers will only be distributed on this day.
Free School Meal Vouchers, parents who are entitled to free school meals can collect their voucher for this week from the school office between 10.00am and 3.00pm. Please use the 2m distance measures which have been put in place.
Guidance from Merseyside Violence Reduction Partnership:
As I’m sure you are all aware, Domestic Abuse during the lockdown is a very real concern, and family members will be at an increased risk. We need to ensure that we are proactive in asking appropriate and safe questions while families are in lockdown. Please read and share with your networks the attached Welfare Questions guide.
Please also share this Police guidance on the ‘999 silent solution’ call:
The 999 call system allows all 999 callers to access support if they are unable to speak during the call. It is important that either a noise is made or that 55 is pressed. For example, if you can only make noise, such as tapping the handset, coughing, crying or even talking to the offender, then these actions will alert the attention of the BT operator.
If you are supporting someone who is suffering with domestic abuse, speaking out is not always an option when someone is in real danger, so please encourage use of the 999 silent call. Please reassure service users that the Police Force and specially trained officers are still there for people during the lockdown. The below list details services which are also available:
In an emergency always, ring 999. Using a silent 999 call followed by 55 (or tapping/coughing into the phone) will enable police to respond.
National Domestic Abuse 24 hour Support Helpline: 0808 2000 247
RESPECT National Helpline, perpetrators (9am to 5pm): 0808 802 4040
Liverpool Domestic Abuse Services 0151 263 7474
Merseyside Domestic Violence Service 0780 272 2703
South Liverpool Domestic Abuse Services 0151 494 2222
Ruby Project 0771 428 9180
Savera UK (honour based abuse & harmful practice specialist) 0800 107 0726
Worst Kept Secret Helpline (Merseyside) 0800 028 3398
Support for children:
Young Persons Advisory Service (YPAS) 0151 707 1025
Support for men:
Men’s Advice Line (Freephone) 0808 801 0327
Liverpool communications team have issued the statement below which can be found on the Liverpool express website and council twitter feed:
Please share widely with your comms teams and upload reminders periodically throughout the lockdown period. The IDVA Service and local DA Agencies have made arrangements to enable support to survivors and we will communicate any changes to service provision if required.
‘Many residents will be following the local and national advice around household isolation and social distancing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This advice is in place to limit the spread of the virus and keep as many people as safe and well as possible.
We know that there are vulnerable people in our communities who will be more concerned than others about the prospect of staying at home for a number of reasons, including those who have been the victims of domestic abuse such as violence or coercive and controlling behaviour.
While all public services are adapting to new ways of working during this pandemic, our message to anyone who is experiencing domestic abuse is clear: You are not alone and you don’t have to suffer in silence – we will still be here for you, no matter what.
Liverpool City Council, Merseyside Police, Local Authorities and providers of domestic abuse support across Merseyside will continue working together to maintain essential services and contacts for anyone affected by domestic abuse during the weeks and months to come.
Support will still be available by telephone, text message or online services.
Who to contact:
If you, your child or anyone in the family are at immediate risk of harm, you should contact the police urgently, CALL 999
If you are a Liverpool resident and are experiencing domestic abuse or believe someone you know is please contact support services via:
www.victimcaremerseyside.org (directory of services)
https://ehd.liverpool.gov.uk/kb5/liverpool/fsd/home.page (Liverpool early help directory)
Worst Kept Secret Helpline: 0800 028 3398
Further support can also be found at these national agencies:
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours)
Refuge (includes information for men) | refuge.org.uk | 0808 200 0247 (24 hours)
The Men’s Advice Line, for male domestic abuse survivors – 0808 801 0327
National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0800 999 5428
Samaritans (24/7 service) – 116 123’
For anyone who has applied for free school meals, over the past few days, and has been found eligible:
Please present your alpha-numeric code to Kensington Children's Centre (Sure Start, next door to school) where this will be exchanged for food vouchers.
Updated government guidance and the Prime Minister's announcements can be found here: