COVID-19 and Safeguarding
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We are currently living in challenging and unprecedented times and we would like to remind everyone of the importance of continuing to be vigilant about safeguarding. In addition to day to day safeguarding, Covid-19 has the potential to increase the risk to our most vulnerable citizens – such as self-neglect, domestic abuse, fraud/scams.
As you will be aware, this is a pivotal moment in the COVID-19 pandemic with rising cases nationally. In the borough we have seen our own increase in cases and there is no room for complacency.
To protect yourself and others, you must:
- wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds
- wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces
- try to stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you do not live with (or anyone not in your support bubble)
- if you feel unwell, get a test immediately
- if you have travelled abroad to a country that’s not on the exemption list, you need to self-isolate for 14 days. Check travel advice here.
Safeguarding should, of course, remain a high priority and if you have any concerns about a child please call the SPA/MASH on 01628 683150 or email MASH@achievingforchildren.org.uk. If your concern is about an adult please call the Advice and Information Team 01628 683744. Outside of working hours contact the Emergency Duty Service for both adults and children on 01344 786543.
In an emergency, call the Police on 999
If you think there has been a crime but is not an emergency, you can call the Police on 101
COVID 19 information
To find out the latest information about COVID-19 and central government guidance please visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Further information is available from the NHS and Public Health England.
RBWM will also be posting regular updates which you are able to find from the following link:
WAM Get Involved are co-ordinating our community support and have a COVID-19 response page, see https://wamgetsrecycling.co.uk/covid-19-volunteering/ where you can request support as well offer to volunteer. Their homepage is available at http://rbwm.communitydatabase.co.uk/
To ensure that all volunteers and helpers are aware of safeguarding responsibilities, please share this video, produced specifically for volunteers— https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHQG8CJROhU&feature=youtu.be It’s only 3 minutes long and gives a simple message of:
- If you see something say something that as volunteers you have a safeguarding role
- Flags that some people may volunteer for the wrong reason and what to do if a fellow volunteer is behaving inappropriately
- Tells volunteers we want them to be safe too
Coronavirus (COVID-19): attendance in education and early years settings
A summary of how many children and teachers attended education settings between Monday 23 March and Friday 17 April 2020. Please see below for more information.
Safeguarding and remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Understand how to follow safeguarding procedures when planning remote education strategies and teaching remotely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Supporting your children's education during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Information, guidance and support for parents and carers of children who are learning at home.
Dealing with Domestic Abuse during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Ensuring the safety of individuals who may be dealing with domestic abuse during the current pandemic can be very challenging. Our domestic abuse co-ordinator has been working with the other Berkshire Local Authority DA leads and partners to put together information for professionals/volunteers who may have the opportunity to speak directly with a victim of domestic abuse during COVID-19.
Safely asking about domestic abuse during COVID-19
Domestic Abuse Cue Card
Domestic Abuse Alternative Questions
tri.x Resources and Reconstruct Hub
tri.x provide proven and trusted procedures that underpin social care practice and safeguarding partnership and board responsibilities, promoting the best possible outcomes for children and vulnerable adults.
Briefings and online resources can now be found on their new Resource Hub
Information and support for parenting advice during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Keeping children safe from harm and abuse
Handle with care guide keeping baby safe
Sepsis trust UK leaflet
Parenting Course 1 Parenting Course 2
Coping with family life during lockdown PDF (640KB)
NHS PCCG Leaflet
Save lives - Safety planning guide for victims and survivors
#Coping Five Ways and #5Ways5Days NHS Challenge
Children and young people can take care of their own mental wellbeing during lockdown and help to raise awareness so that other children and young people can learn simple ways to look after their mental health too. Children and young people are being invited to take the challenge to fit the NHS’s Five Ways to Wellbeing into their week (#5ways5daysNHS) and nominate five other people on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook to do the same to help spread the word.
#Coping Five Ways to Wellbeing Offers practical ideas on how to incorporate the NHS’s Five Ways to Wellbeing into family life to support children and young people through these challenging times. Includes a version for children of primary school age and one for those at secondary school.
Coping 5 Ways for Primary Schools
Coping 5 Ways for Secondary Schools
Operation Encompass Helpline
The Home Office, with the support from the Department of Education, have announced that they are supporting an aspect of Operation Encompass’ response to the Covid-19 Pandemic. To find more information about how you can contact the helpline, please click here
Create Hope - Virtual Support and Advice
Create Hope are offering are offering emotional support for parents, carers, children, young people and families during COVID19. Sessions will take place via telephone and video calls to give families a safe space to share and express their feelings during this difficult time. Please see below some of the support services which they are currently offering.
Create Hope - Virtual Support
Create Hope - Helpline
Create Hope - Parent Support
For more information please have a look out our latest newsletter and WAM updates which details more information which you may find useful:
Coping Young person's guide final version 30.04.2020 [1.45MB PDF]
Safeguarding Update 22nd April
Safeguarding Update 7th May
WAM Get Involved Update document (212KB)