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Red Zone - New Guidelines for Youth Work during the WInter Lockdown

5th November 2020

Into The Red Zone Lockdown 2 Winter

Remember Remember Red in November

Who thought we would be remembering the 5th of November for reasons other than wrapping up warm and watching the fireworks!

We are in England now back in lockdown, this means until Wednesday 2 December, we must:

  1. Stay at home, except for specific purposes. (that means you do have to go to school!)
  2. Avoid meeting people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.
  3. Close certain businesses and venues

We must also continue to 

  • wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds
  • wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors)

This time around though, guidance is different for youth workers

Lockdown 2 Winter Into The Red Zone

Youth Goes Red

Having taking notice of the wellbeing slide in young people through the last (summer) lockdown, we have been conscious of still being able to support them through this winter lockdown. Whilst they are still in school, this is not the only place young people get wellbeing support from. Therefore:

** Following the Prime Ministers statement on 31 October 2020 we can confirm that the youth sector moves into RED on the readiness framework. **

  • Online and digital youth services
  • Detached/outdoor local youth services
  • 1-2-1 sessions with high-need young people (indoors)
  • Small group work session indoors with high need young people (consistent with social distancing guidelines)

We would like to thank the National Youth Agency for campaigning and doing much of the policy work for UK Youth work. You can watch the full webinar below:

What does that mean for us:

If you are already part of one of our clubs, you can go to their page on our site to see updated information however in brief: 

Disability clubs & Sibling Clubs are going back online (we will update on CUI later today) please email debs for information on this.

1:1 is available: This is available to anyone in our youth groups already, and to new young people ages 8-19 if you feel they would benefit. Get in touch if you would like to know more. 

Walk & Talk: Small group support is possible for those who will need it. We have been contacting young people and parents regarding this. 

Detached Work is continuing in Faversham, Rushenden, Sheerness and at The Mill Skatepark and beginning in Teynham.

Newington, 812 Squad & Sheppey Matters parents will be contacted with updates of how we will continue

Boys On Scooters At The Mill Skatepark Sittingbourne
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