Letter from the Metropolitan Police
Please see the letter from the Metropolitan Police below. A pdf of this letter can also be found here.
You will of course all be aware of the developing situation around Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Government’s ongoing announcements regarding measures to prevent the further spread of COVID -19. In these unprecedented times the Prime Minster has now announced that all schools will close from today Friday 20th March 2020.
There will a minority of schools still open who will support children of certain categories as outlined by the Government.
We are writing to you as the Safer School and Youth Engagement Team to reassure you that we will continue to be supporting your child’s school as much as we can whilst pupils remain away from the education places. The safety and welfare of your child is paramount to us, but we need you to assist us. What we ask is that you speak with your children and explain to them the importance at this time to follow the Government Guidelines and adhere to social distancing. These can be found at www.gov.uk.
Many places of work have now implemented a work from home policy, but we understand that in not all professions this is going to be possible. Children of secondary age will be left at home whilst parents will continue to go to work. With this they will be left at time for many hours without parental supervision. We need you to assist us in ensuring where ever possible they remain safe at home unless there is the upmost necessity for them to go out.
As you can imagine Emergency Services, including ourselves, will be operating at maximum capacity to ensure everyone remains safe. We need to prioritise our calls to where our need is. To assist us in preventing crime and to ensure your child remains safe I have attached some relevant contacts where you will be able to get guidance should you require them.
Your Schools will remain in touch with your children at this time and they will have access to members of teaching staff via external portals. Your child can speak with their teachers or safe guarding lead and they will follow usual procedure in contacting the Safer School and Youth Engagement Team. This should always be your first port of call, however if you feel this needs reporting to the Police immediately you have the relevant contact details to do so.
You can contact the Safer School and Youth Engagement Team by emailing us at AWmailbox.firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively the phone numbers are:
- Call 101 to report a crime or other concerns that do not require an emergency response
- Call 999 in an emergency
Thank you for assisting us at this time.
WHERE TO FIND SUPPORT AND ADVICE:
Citizens Advice: If your child has been illegally sold
a knife, you can report this to Trading Standards
on 03454 04 05 06 or visit: citizensadvice.org.
Childline: Your child can call Childline on
0800 1111 at any time if they are worried about
their own safety
Crimestoppers: You or your child can call
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
if you want to report a crime that has
Family Information Service: This is a free, impartial
information service for parents and carers of
children and young people aged up to 19
(up to 25 years for those with additional needs.)
Family Lives: Gives advice on all aspects of
parenting and is open 24/7. Calls are free on
0808 800 2222 or visit familylives.org.uk
Fearless: Your child can contact a young person
friendly site online at fearless.org/en to report
a crime anonymously
Integrated Gangs Exploitation Unit (IGXU):
Westminster City Council’s IGXU identify and
work with vulnerable and exploited young people
aged 10-24 involved in group violence or on the
periphery of gangs to improve their life choices
and reduce associations with gangs and reduce
incidences of serious youth violence. If you think
your child would benefit from support from the
IGXU, you can either email
or call 0207 641 4051
The National Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Children (NSPCC): Their helpline
provides information and advice to parents and
others concerned about young people who may
be involved, or affected by gang activity. Their
helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Freephone: 0808 800 5000. Email:
Parenting groups and programmes: Westminster
Early Help and partners offer a range of parenting
groups across Westminster, to suit family
Physical Activity, Leisure and Sport in Westminster:
There are a full range of great value activities and
services to help young people live a healthy and
active lifestyle, from gyms and swimming pools to
Parkour and much more. Web: westminster.gov.
uk/active. Call: 020 7641 2012.
Police: To find details of your local team and find
out more about the work they are doing in your
area, type your postcode at www.police.uk. You
should call 101 to report crime and other concerns
that do not require an emergency response.
Call 999 in an emergency.
Solace Women’s Aid: A free anonymous service
available to girls aged 13+ who have experienced
rape, child sexual abuse and other forms of sexual
violence. Call: 0808 801 0305.
Victim Support: A national charity which helps
people affected by crime. Web: victimsupport.org
Women and Girls Network: Advice and support
service to girls affected by violence and abuse.
Web: email@example.com. Call: 0808 801 0660.