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Safeguarding & Child Protection (COVID 19)


Many parents and carers will need to make decisions about whether to leave their child alone for short or longer periods. Here is the best advice from the NPSCC Home Alone guidance 

Parents and carers are responsible for their children and will need to take decisions about childcare. Please ensure that childminders are suitably trained and DBS checked, as well as private tutors or clubs which may be used.

Contact Early Years & Childcare/Childminders

Some parents and carers may become unwell themselves. It is very important that suitable carers are chosen for your children, if close family members are not available. 

Private Fostering is a term used when close family members or legal guardians are not used to care for children for more than 28 days. The SPA (Single Point of Access) would need to be informed to assess the safety of this placement for children aged until 16 years of age. 

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More about Fostering & Private Fostering


Child Protection Conferences : Changes

After careful consideration of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we have made the difficult decision to change the way in which Initial and Review Child Protection conferences are convened. We are uncertain how long the pandemic will stretch; during this unpredictable circumstance we would like to continue playing an effective role to ensure that our safeguarding duties are managed.

AFC Windsor and Maidenhead will be convening virtual meetings with parent/s, young people and relevant key professionals. This arrangement has been put in place in line with the health and safety of all our attendees and speakers.

This is uncharted territory and we want to proceed with conferences that people can feel secure in booking and attending the tele-conferences. As we confirm programme information, we will update the programmes and schedules as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about the conference please contact us on

Domestic Abuse Resources

Berkshire Women’s Aid (BWA) 0118 950 4003 (Bracknell)

The Dash Charity 01753 549865 (RBWM)  - if phonelines are busy, the referral form can be found online.

Victims First operate across the Thames Valley and support victims of crime – Please make a referral using their online referral form on the site rather than calling the Victims First Freephone number. Please provide the email address and contact number for the person needing support and a Victims First Officer will contact them within 5 working days (information correct as at 19/03/20).

FLAGDV working across the Thames Valley  - to provide free telephone legal advice 0800 731 0055 (Mon-Fri 10am – 7pm)

Freephone 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247 

Men’s Advice Line: 0808 801 0327

Respect helpline: 0808 802 4040 (for anyone worries that they may be harming someone else)

Galop: 0800 999 5428 (national helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people experiencing domestic abuse)