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02 April 2020

Urgent Notice from Cumbria Children’s Safeguarding Hub

Some children in Cumbria have been messaged directly recently, inviting them to participate in The Blue Whale Challenge.

The Blue Whale Challenge first surfaced between 2016-2018 across the world, and in this country, and county too.

The challenge encourages teenagers (often girls more than boys), to undergo a series of 50 challenges that culminate in committing suicide.

The challenges are given online or through text messages, instant messages or posts on Instagram and Twitter.

Things for professionals and parents/carers to look out for in particular are the following warning signs in children:
Any messages/posts relating to Jonathan Galindo, a man that may also be seen with his face painted like a dog.
Any references to #f57, #f40 or #IMaWhale (these were being circulated in 2017-18).
Waking up very early in the morning to watch scary videos or do other unusual tasks.
Scratching a sketch of a whale onto their body.
Making deep cuts on their arms.
Standing on the edge of a roof/bridge.
Taking photos of any of these activities to accounts that you don’t recognise.
Physically hurting themselves.
Extreme changes in eating or sleep habits.

We must remember that some of the above signs, may NOT be linked with The Blue Whale Challenge, but could still be a cause for a parent/carer/professional’s concern.

If you believe that any child is at risk of harm, please contact Paul Charnock (pch@trinity.cumbria.sch.uk) or Tracy Studholme (tst@trinity.cumbria.sch.uk) in School, and if necessary contact Cumbria Children’s Safeguarding Hub on 0333 240 1727 or the police on 101 or 999.


02 April 2020


Caring for your son or daughter’s mental health and well-being over these coming months will be really important. With a greater emphasis on online learning and an inevitable increase in screen time, accompanied with daily routines that greatly differ from the norm, including social distancing measures, it is likely that some students will begin to feel isolated. 

On 30 March the Government issued comprehensive Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, covering the following

  • What you need to know (background)
  • Looking after your own mental health
  • Helping children and young people cope with stress
  • How children and young people of different ages may react
  • Children and young people who are accessing mental health services Children and young people with learning disabilities
  • Autistic children and young people
  • Children or young people with physical health issues Children and young people who care for others Bullying
  • Money worries
  • Where to get further support for support as a parent or carer

The guidance can be read in full, via the following link;


Please remember that staff remain in place and active and should be contacted for support.  Students can continue to email their Form Tutor; SEND Keyworker; Head of Year; Year group Tutors, as well as other key members of staff;

Safeguarding Lead: Paul Charnock pch@trinity.cumbria.sch.uk

Deputy Safeguarding Lead: Tracy Studholme tst@trinity.cumbria.sch.uk

Anne Ewing also available for Careers Advice aew@trinity.cumbria.sch.uk

There is a great deal of additional resource available to support us during these difficult times.  Please find below a list of Emotional Wellbeing (EWB) and Mental Health sources of advice, consultation and support for staff, students and their parents and carers.

Most of the general advice for professionals, parents, carers and young people can be found at:


Parents: The following link offers comprehensive advice for supporting children and families through unexpected times of rapid and unpredictable change in the light of coronavirus

Additional, targeted support for parents and students can be found here also;

Young Minds: The Young Minds Website has a parents and professionals section as well as advice and moderated blogs for young people and a free telephone.
Parents Helpline Tel: 0808 802 5544.

Rise Above: Health and wellbeing website by Public Health England that covers everything including emotional wellbeing, friendships, self-care; also has games, videos etc.

Kooth.com online support for young people: Kooth is a web-based confidential support service available to young people aged 11 to 18yrs, providing a safe and secure means of accessing mental health and wellbeing support designed specifically for young people.

Counsellors are available from 12noon to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10 pm at weekends, every day of the year on a drop-in basis. To find out more visit www.Kooth.com  where young people can register and others can find out more about the service.

Laura Berry, Kooth Integration and Participation Worker for Cumbria can be contacted at lberry@xenzone.com or by calling 07535 088117

5 – 19 School Age Public Health Nurse Practitioner Service: E-school Nurse it is now available for professionals AND parents across the age ranges – however it is about general health needs not just mental health.  See attached for details.

5-19 PH Website – the team are constantly updating with information and ideas on their website.  https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/ph5to19/

The link below takes you to a recently published guide for educational settings and schools on sudden traumatic death and bereavement prefaced by a COVID 19 section:

My Time Cumbria (Barnardos) Primary Care Mental Health Service: Initial telephone advice can be obtained from the Primary Mental Health Workers who can be contacted as below:
Nikki.swan@barnardos.org.uk   (Tel 07510 586358)
Annabel.nicholls@barnardos.org.uk (Tel 01539 742626)

Referrals can be made directly by contacting My Time on the number below:
MyTime Cumbria Telephone: 01539 742626 (Working Days: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm)

CAMHS Support (North Cumbria): Where youngsters are experiencing serious mental health issues (currently as staffing allows).  The East Team (includes Carlisle) can be contacted on 01228 608870.

North Cumbria Crisis Assessment and Intervention Service (CAIS): Where young people feel they are in a mental health crisis, referrals can be made by any professional (with appropriate permissions) by ringing 01228 603964. Telephone assessment and support will be given initially.  Available 9am-8pm Monday-Friday and 9am-1pm Saturday and Sunday. (This service is now part of the Adult MH Crisis Service).

SAFA Self Harm Awareness for All Support Service: SAFA continues to work with self-harm clients and have moved from face to face counselling to virtual counselling. Office staff are working from home. All counsellors have been trained to deliver the service via on-line support. They are also able to support friends/family members that need support. Until June SAFA will be working across the whole of Cumbria, after then they will switch to working only across South Cumbria.
SAFA can be contacted on 01229 832269 during normal business hours.
Referrals are accepted via their website at https://safa-selfharm.com/referral-forms/

We Are With You (formerly Young Addaction) https://www.wearewithyou.org.uk

Eden Mind, for better mental Health – http://www.cemind.org/help-and-resources/mental-health-support.aspx

PAPYRUS is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide https://papyrus-uk.org

Anna Freud (National Centre for Children and Families), supporting young people’s mental health during periods of disruption https://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/anna-freud-learning-network/coronavirus/

Youth Work Support, has a dedicated provision to support young people through COVID 19, providing useful links to professionals and key workers https://youthworksupport.co.uk/young-people/

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Coronavirus and mental health

Visit Cumbria’s Local Safeguarding Children’s Board for advice on Safer Internet Use
Visit Cumbria’s Local Safeguarding Children’s Board for advice on Safer Internet Use
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Child Online Safety:

A practical guide for parents and carers whose children are using social media

View the Guide: Social Media Guidance for parents UKCCIS – Dec 2015 (pdf)

O2 and the NSPCC have joined forces to help parents and families in the UK learn how to keep kids safe online.

They have launched a free helpline where you can get advice from experts on the following topics:

  • Setting up parental controls on your computer or other devices
  • Help adjusting privacy settings
  • Understanding social networks
  • Concerns about online gaming
  • App advice
  • Online bullying
  • Downloading
  • Strangers online
  • Online addiction
  • Paying for extras
  • And much more…………..

Helpline opening times:
Monday – Friday: 9am to 7pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am to 6pm
Bank Holidays: 10am to 4pm
The number for the helpline is 0800 800 5002. For further information see www.o2.co.uk/nspcc