Webinar: Safeguarding young people during the coronavirus crisis

The outbreak of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) has plunged us into an unprecedented crisis. The youth advice and counselling sector is facing a host of challenges, from a pivot to remote working and the effect of the crisis on young people's mental health to critical pressures on funding.

As the national membership organisation for youth information, advice and counselling services, Youth Access is working to ensure that the sector is equipped to meet the challenges we face. As part of our response to the current situation, we are organising a series of webinars to provide members with a forum to discuss challenges, share ideas and practices and find opportunities to work together on collective resources and campaigns.

The second webinar in the series will bring together practitioners working at youth information, advice and counselling services to look at the challenges of safeguarding vulnerable young people during the coronavirus crisis.

Who is the webinar for?

This webinar has been organised for practitioners providing services directly to young people at youth information, advice and counselling services (YIACS) in the UK. The webinar is exclusive to practitioners at Youth Access member organisations. Find out how your organisation can become a member here.

What will the webinar cover?

In the webinar we will look at safeguarding practice when delivering advice and counselling services remotely, including via digital and video channels. It will cover questions like:

  • What crucial safeguarding policies and practices can help us protect young people during the coronavirus crisis?
  • How can we protect young people whose protective factors have been reduced due to the lockdown?
  • How can we support young people who face barriers to accessing remote services?

The webinar will be a participatory space where each participant will have the opportunity to share their experiences, challenges and solutions. The webinar will be a first step towards creating a Community of Practice, supporting members through a variety of challenges arising from the coronavirus crisis.

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