How to stay safe from harm, plus money and work advice

Latest government advice

What national lockdown means for you

You must stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

You should follow this guidance immediately. The law will be updated to reflect these new rules.

Currently, the government has announced that under the latest restrictions, you must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with your household or support bubble or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare - for those eligible
  • Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. Early Years settings remain open.
  • Higher Education provision will remain online until mid February for all except future critical worker courses.
  • If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where you live. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.
  • If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work


Remember: Wash your hands. Cover your face. Make space. #KeepLambethSafe

Staying safe outside the home (Social Distancing)

You should minimise time spent outside your home and when around other people ensure that you are two metres apart from anyone not in your household or support bubble.

  • hands – wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds
  • face – 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
  • space – stay two metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or one metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors)

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Meeting with family and friends

You must not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household - meaning the people you live with - or support bubble.

A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household. Households in that support bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit outdoor public places together.

You can exercise or visit outdoor public places with the people you live with, your support bubble, or 1 person from another household (children under school age, as well as those dependent on round-the-clock care, such as those with severe disabilities, who are with their parents will not count towards the limit on two people meeting outside).

Outdoor public places include:

  • parks, beaches, countryside,
  • public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them), allotments
  • playgrounds

You cannot meet in a private garden.

Want to know more about school, college and work?

To find out what's going on, plus news training opportunities, check out the Stay on track page.

Government advice written for young people by young people

This is the government's advice rewritten by NHS England Youth Forum and #iwill Ambassadors. They hope this new official guidance has:

  • more detail and clearer language
  • information on what to do if you are unsafe at home
  • advice about travelling and outdoor exercise
  • information on how to access health care and sexual & mental health
  • news about support for young carers

This advice will change over time. Keep checking back.

Safe from harm

Does coronavirus lockdown make you more at risk of abuse? Are you stuck at home with someone you can usually get a break from?

If you, or someone else is in danger right now, call the police on 999 and tell them what's happening.


Avoid risks

Only go outside to shop for food or to exercise. Not only for your health, but to stay out of trouble.

  • If people are pushing you into taking risks, if you’re under pressure to break the law, if you're being threatened or you’ve been hurt, call Lambeth's Community Early Help on 020 7926 9079, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. They can give advice.
  • If you’ve been arrested, charged or you’re in custody you can call Juvenis for help on 07590 670090 or email info@juvenis.org.uk. If you think you’ve been victimised by the police, ask for the name and badge number of the police officer. Find out more about Juvenis
  • Lambeth Victim Support can help if you’ve been a victim of crime. Call 0808 168 9291. Find out more about Lambeth Victim Support.


- If you’re worried about anyone who may be involved in terrorism, you can call 020 7926 7025 or email rsutton@lambeth.gov.uk. If you’re not sure how to spot the signs of terrorism then the Let’s Talk About website may help  

Work and money

Opportunity Lambeth
Lost your job or had hours reduced? Help is available from Opportunity Lambeth! You can now use free Rapid Response employment services: * Employment support tailored to your individual need
* Help with updating your CV, jobsearch and applications
* Access to live employment opportunities
* Help with ‘virtual’ interview skills and preparation Register by calling 020 7926 0500, online or email opportunitylambeth@lambeth.gov.uk

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If you're worried about money, maybe you're not getting paid because of the lockdown, this is another good starting place.

The Lambeth Larder helps connect people to emergency food and other support. They have a list of organisations in Lambeth supplying cheap or free food and meals.

Coronavirus and money: An expert financial guide from MyBnk - The Mix have teamed up with MyBnk to answer questions about money, work, housing and more