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Kooth.com

Dear Parents/carers

http://www.kooth.com/


Over the coming weeks your child may mention they have been made aware in school of a service called Kooth.com. Commissioned by Leeds CCG, Kooth.com is an online counselling, advice and
support service for young people aged 10-18 within the local area. It provides a safe, secure means of accessing help via the internet from professional team of counsellors. Whilst your child may not
need or use the service, as part of supporting our students, we are ensuring all children are aware of provisions in the area that could assist them, now or in the future.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss what Kooth.com can offer, contact Kooth directly at parents@xenzone.com.

Position statement on support the financially vulnerable: Tuesday 17th March

Below is a position statement for organisations supporting people with money issues. This information will be kept up to date with further organisations being added as the information comes
through on the Leeds Money Information Centre website www.leedsmic.org.uk.


Age UK Leeds


After 20/03/20 the Age UK Leeds advice service will not be carrying out home visits or offering office appointments or drop in sessions until further notice. The office will remain open but there
will be no advice staff present in the office, so please do not signpost advice clients to the office. We will continue to provide telephone advice*. People can ring 0113 389 3000 and leave their name
and number and brief details of their query. We will call them back within 5 working days. They can also ring the National Age UK Helpline on 0800 678 1602.  *We give benefits advice for people over state pension age but we do not give debt advice


Better Leeds Communities


From the 17th March 2020 we will be supporting people who need advice and support with regard to Debt, Housing and Benefits only via the telephone (we will provide telephone appointments where
we will call the clients so there is no cost to them) and via email. We are here to help. We have suspended our Drop-Ins at:
 Hunslet Foodbank
 Armley Foodbank
 Lower Wortley Foodbank
 Woodhouse Foodbank
 Bramley Foodbank
 Moortown Foodbank
 Compton Centre
0113 275 4142
info@betterleeds.org.uk
www.betterleeds.org.uk


Citizens Advice Leeds


As of 18th March 2020 Citizens Advice Leeds will close face to face services. Resources will be diverted to telephone, email and webchat, available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
Enquiries: 0113 223 4400
www.citizensadviceleeds.org.uk/
Help to Claim: 0800 138 3944
Chapeltown Citizens Advice
As of 18th March 2020 Citizens Advice Leeds will close face to face services. Resources will be diverted to telephone, email and webchat, available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
Enquiries: 0113 223 4400
www.citizensadvice.org.uk/
Help to Claim: 0800 138 3944

DWP


 All office in Leeds are currently open.
 Disabled people will be contacted by web and telephone for appointments.
 There will be no face to face assessments for vulnerable people.
 New claimants will be undertaken over the phone, with ID verification being undertaken this
way.
 Two good sources of information are:
https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/insights/coronavirus-claiming-welfare-benefits/
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-support-for-employees-benefit-claimantsand-businesses
0845 6060 234 or www.gov.uk
Ebor Gardens Advice Centre and Money Buddies
 Ebor Gardens Advice Centre are closing face to face services. People can contact via the Money
Money Buddies website, Facebook, Twitter, telephone, email.
 They will take a decision on Money Buddies at the hubs later this week. Some services have
closed their doors, which has meant we have been unable to deliver a Money Buddy service.
Please check our website and Facebook for updates.
admin@egac.org
www.moneybuddies.org.uk
https://www.facebook.com/VirtualMoneyBuddy
https://twitter.com/LeedsMoneyBuddy
Call them on 0113 235 0276


Leeds City Council Community Hubs


 Community Hubs and face to face services are currently operating as business as usual.
 Encouraging customers to contact via telephone and web where possible.
0113 222 4444 or www.leeds.gov.uk/contact-us
Leeds City Council Welfare Rights
 Telephone appointments are available.
 Triaging home visits to utilise surgery appointments and telephone appointments where possible.
0113 376 0452 or by email Welfare.Rights@leeds.gov.uk.


Leeds City Council Housing


Offering a supportive approach to all tenants, and encourage tenants to make contact with their Housing Officer at the earliest responsibility if there are any issues which may impact on a tenant’s
ability to pay their rent. If a tenant is affected by Coronavirus we would therefore expect them to ring their Housing Officer to discuss any potential impacts in the usual way. We will discuss their
circumstances and where appropriate agree a revised re-payment plan. If the impact on their income is such that they have eligibility for UC Housing Element or Housing Benefit we will advise/support with their claim as required. Enforcement action would be a last resort - as outlined in the court action protocol we would not undertake enforcement action where an affordable repayment agreement is being kept to or a claim for UC Housing Element or HB is pending.
0800 188 4000 or HousingEnquiries@leeds.gov.uk
www.leeds.gov.uk


Leeds City Council: Council Tax


Similar approach to Housing (see above) encouraging people to get in contact as soon as possible. Need to ensure that people are getting the support they are entitled to before arranging payment
breaks etc.
0113 222 4404 or www.leeds.gov.uk/contact-us
Leeds Community Gambling Service
From Wednesday 18th March the service is moving to remote working providing support via
telephone and online. The duty service on the main Leeds number will continue to operate from 9 –
5pm.
0113 388 6466
Leedscommunitygamblingservice@gamcare.org.uk
www.gamcare.org.uk/get-support/our-treatment-offer/leeds/


Leeds Credit Union


 Moving as many members as possible over to digital services primarily but also telephone
service.
 Look to follow the lead of the Council in terms of which branches remain opening.
Phone: 0113 242 3343
Email: services@leedscitycreditunion.co.uk
Website: https://www.leedscreditunion.co.uk/
Stepchange
 Operating as normal with full online and telephone advice service
 www.stepchange.org or 0800 138 1111


Engage Leeds and Gipsil


Including: Engage Leeds Floating Housing Support, Engage Leeds Advice and Employment & Engagement Services, Flagship Young People’s Services & GIPSIL Care Leaver Service Access to advice is restricted to those within the Housing Support Services and is not open access except the ‘Help Through Crisis’ team based at Archway. At this time, would ask that contact should be made via telephone in the first instance.  All other services continuing with some staff working from home. Contact being maintained via phone and email where possible but face to face appointments continuing where needed.
Engage Leeds: https://engageleeds.org.uk, referrals@engageleeds.org.uk or 0113 380 7615
Flagship: https://flagshipleeds.org.uk, referrals@flagshipleeds.org.uk or 0113 391 8000

 

 

 

Please find below contact information for various agencies that offer support to families and individuals.  If you require any further information, please contact our Family Support Manager, Caroline Midgley.

 

Child Protection

 

NSPCC Helpline

If you are worried about a child, contact professional Counsellors 24/7 for help, advice and support on 0800 800 5000

www.nspcc.org.uk

  

Share Aware Campaign (NSPCC)

The NSPCC provides advice on keeping children safe on social networks, apps and games at www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware/

 

Childlline

Free confidential advice and support for children, phone 0800 1111

www.childline.org.uk

 

CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command)

If you are worried about online sexual abuse, or the way someone has been communicating with your child online, contact CEOP at www.ceop.police.uk

 

Leeds ‘Keeping Children Safe’ Campaign

To report a concern about a child please contact 0113 222 4403 during weekdays 9 am – 5 pm, except Wednesdays between 10 am – 5 pm.

If you think a child is in immediate danger at any time, phone 999.

 www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/health-and-social-care/keeping-children-safe/report-a-child-protection-concern

 

Domestic Violence and Abuse

 

Leeds Domestic Violence Service 

https:ldvs.uk 

24 hour number - 01132460401

 

Behind Closed Doors

www.behind-closed-doors.org.uk

Women's team - 01132224202

Men's team 01132224203

 

Police 

999 in an emergency  

111 for support

 

Safeguarding team: to speak to specialist staff phone 0113 3859590

 

 

Drug and Alcohol support

 

Forward Leeds

www.forwardleeds.co.uk

01138872477

 

Leeds Addiction Unit

01138872477

 

Drug and Alcohol Counselling 

01133280211

 

 

Family Support

 

Aireborough Childrens Services - Cluster Support

Simon Toyne - 01132506593

 

Food bank support available in school 

Please see Mrs Midgley or Mrs Swindlehurst

 

Yeadon One Stop Centre at Yeadon Library

Various support, information and guidance.

Monday: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Tuesday-Friday: 8:30am – 4:00pm

Telephone: 01133781909

 

Aireborough One Stop Centre at Micklefield House

Various support, information and guidance.

Monday–Friday: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Telephone: 01132224444

 

All support services are provided in a confidential manner and support the school's Safeguarding Policy. 

 

Keeping Children Safe in Education

www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education--2

Statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment.

https://www.lgfl.net/digisafe/kcsietranslate