COVID-19 - Local Authority Guidance for Parents and Carers

While the Academy building was closed, Westminster Academy students learned remotely in our virtual and collaborative learning environment: WA Online. We are now looking forward to welcoming students back; please visit our COVID-19 and WA Online Guidance for Parents and Carers page for information on our return to the building in September 2020. Families are reminded that they can continue to contact and access support from the Academy via the normal phone lines and email accounts.

Local authority support

We hope that you are healthy and staying safe at this time. Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea local authorities are offering committed support to families, children and young people who may be feeling concerned about the future, their families, finances or food during this period of uncertainty. 

Westminster

You can access up to date support, advice and updates to local services in Westminster via their Family Information Service. Any relevant updates from specific services will be added as they become available.  

For general information from Westminster Council regarding COVID-19, please visit Westminster’s coronavirus advice and information pages. Here you can also sign up to daily digital updates for the latest on the Council's coronavirus response. 

If you are concerned about a child living in Westminster, please phone on 020 7641 4000 or email AccesstoChildensServices@westminster.gov.uk. For urgent help as a result of COVID-19, please phone 020 7641 1222 or email.

Kensington and Chelsea

You can access up to date support, advice and updates to local services in Kensington and Chelsea via their Family Information Service. They will add any relevant updates from specific services as they become available.  

For general information from Kensington and Chelsea council regarding COVID-19, please visit Kensington and Chelsea’s coronavirus advice and information pages. Here you can also sign up to digital updates for the latest on the Council's coronavirus response.

If you are concerned about a child living in Kensington and Chelsea, please phone on 020 7361 3013 or email socialservices@rbkc.gov.uk. For urgent help as a result of COVID-19, please phone 020 7361 4326 or email covid-19enquiry@rbkc.gov.uk

If you and your family reside in other local authorities, please visit your local authority website for their Covid-19 responses and information on support for children and families. 

Guidance from the Metropolitan Police

The Metropolitan Police have shared an important message: 

'We find ourselves in unchartered territory during this international Covid-19 pandemic.  Whilst the majority of us are having to deal with new ways in which we live, work and educate, a small number of individuals are taking advantage of this situation and using it for their own criminal gains. There have been a number of identified scams that have been posted to online social media and mobile phone direct messaging platforms, shared by email and door to door contact. We would like to encourage both parents/carers and students alike to stop, think and research the authenticity prior to engaging with or re-posting any message in order to prevent becoming a victim of this criminal activity. You can find our Little Book of Cyber Scams and animation videos for online safety and fraud prevention at www.met.police.uk/littlemedia.'