COVID-19 resources on Safeguarding adults

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Protecting and safeguarding older people: Covid-19 information pack

Older People's Commissioner for Wales

This pack provides a range of useful information and resources about keeping older people safe in Wales – including how to identify older people who may be at risk, and contact details for key organisations that can provide crucial help and support.

Last updated on hub: 17 June 2020

COVID-19 and safeguarding adults: frequently asked questions

Local Government Association

These frequently asked questions on COVID-19 and safeguarding adults cover three broad areas: overarching issues; issues for Safeguarding Adults Boards (SABs); and safeguarding issues regarding specific areas of abuse or neglect. It includes questions on safeguarding residents in care homes, domestic violence, safeguarding people with learning disabilities, homeless people, and people who lack mental capacity, The document is aimed at a wide range of people involved in safeguarding adults. It was published on 22 May 2020.

Last updated on hub: 04 June 2020

The Mental Capacity Act (2005) (MCA) and deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: additional guidance

Department of Health and Social Care

Emergency guidance for health and social care staff in England and Wales who are caring for adults who lack the relevant mental capacity to consent to their care and treatment during the coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic. This document provides additional guidance to supplement 'The Mental Capacity Act (2005) (MCA) and deprivation of liberty safeguards (DoLS) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic', which was published in April 2020. It includes guidance on: testing someone who lacks the relevant mental capacity; providing life-saving treatment to someone who lacks the capacity to consent; hospitals and care homes; and using emergency public health powers when someone who lacks relevant capacity needs to be isolated because they have symptoms and are not following public health advice. [First published 29 May 2020; last updated 12 January 2021]

Last updated on hub: 01 June 2020

Safeguarding adults with dementia during the COVID-19 crisis

Social Care Institute for Excellence

This quick guide aims to support care providers and staff to safeguard people with dementia during the COVID-19 crisis.

Last updated on hub: 28 May 2020

Legal guidance for mental health, learning disability and autism, and specialised commissioning services supporting people of all ages during the coronavirus pandemic

NHS England

This document provides advice on the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the use of the Mental Health Act and supporting systems to safeguard the legal rights of people receiving mental health, learning disabilities and specialised commissioned mental health services. It covers key issues in relation to: the Mental Health Act 1983; the Mental Capacity Act 2005; the Care Act 2014 and restraint and restrictive practice. It also includes specific considerations for specialised mental health services, learning disability and autism services, and for mental health and the criminal justice system. The guidance is for commissioners, providers, social workers, local authorities, experts by experience, clinical experts, independent chairs for Care and Education and Treatment Reviews, and others who may be involved in pathways of care. The document will be regularly updated to reflect the rapidly changing context. This is the second version of the guidance updated on 19 May 2020.

Last updated on hub: 14 May 2020

Safeguarding in faith-based organisations during the COVID-19 crisis

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Safeguarding for faith-based organisations during the COVID-19 crisis. Part of the Safeguarding Training Fund; funded by the National Lottery and DCMS.

Last updated on hub: 14 May 2020

Guidance for safeguarding adults during Covid-19 pandemic: addendum: safeguarding adults in placements

British Association of Social Workers England

Practice guidance setting out additional considerations for social workers who are safeguarding adults in placements during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. These considerations aimed at preventing safeguarding issues and responding to them quickly. It is an addendum to recently published practice guidance by the British Association of Social Workers on safeguarding adults during the coronavirus (Covid-19).

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

Professional practice guidance for safeguarding adults during Covid-19 pandemic

British Association of Social Workers England

This practice guidance, developed by the British Association of Social Workers, provides advice for social workers safeguarding adults during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. It reaffirms the purpose of safeguarding adults and identifies two main issues arising from the pandemic - additional concerns and risks and barriers to safeguarding adults. It outlines approaches that can support social workers to undertake their safeguarding role in Covid-19 and considers the specific support social workers may need. The guidance has been developed based on best available evidence, latest public health guidance, practice experience and expertise. Published date: 24 April 2020.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

COVID-19: pre-employment vetting guidance health and social care providers

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Northern Ireland

This guidance explains temporary changes to pre-employment vetting policy for health and social care roles during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, to make it quicker for employers to do this so that new or temporary staff and volunteers can be put in place at short notice.

Last updated on hub: 28 April 2020

Emergency Code of Practice: Coronavirus Act 2020 Mental Capacity (Deprivation of Liberty) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Northern Ireland

The Coronavirus Act 2020 and temporary Regulations makes amendments to the Mental Capacity Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 and the supporting Regulations. The temporary provisions relax some of the requirements of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, to ensure that persons can still be deprived of liberty during the pandemic crisis when staff availability may be significantly reduced. This Code of Practice provides practical guidance on how the amendments operate. Emergency forms and a reporting template for Health and Social Care Trusts have also been created.

Last updated on hub: 28 April 2020

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