COVID-19 resources on safeguarding children

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The PCFSW and Social Work England best practice guide for risk assessment and prioritising children and families' needs during pandemic

Principal Children and Families Social Worker Network

Best practice guidance to support social care practitioners and managers in thinking about ethical, practical, and professional aspects of risk assessments and prioritising needs during coronavirus (Covid 19) pandemic. It draws on research and practice development project, offering evidence-based support for practitioners and managers to help continuity of services. The guidance has been developed by the Principal Children and Families Social Worker (PCFSW) network and Social Work England in response to the current crisis and will be updated in response to the changing circumstances.

Last updated on hub: 11 May 2020

Out of sight? Vulnerable young people: COVID-19 response

National Youth Agency

This report highlights the scale of young people’s needs which have increased or been caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It focuses on supporting and safeguarding vulnerable young people aged 8-19 with: ‘Known’ vulnerabilities amplified by COVID-19; At risk’ vulnerabilities exacerbated by COVID-19; and ‘Emerging’ vulnerabilities caused or triggered by COVID-19. The report draws on the latest data and vulnerability framework by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England and includes the views of partners and young people from across the youth sector. It identifies increased mental health problems, missing from education, increased risk at home, homelessness, self-harm and suicide, poverty, risky behaviours in potentially unsafe environments as key vulnerabilities for young people. It also identifies the potential role of youth work in alleviating these risks. It makes recommendations for Government to recognise youth services as an essential key service, and to encourage local authorities, children’s services and academy trusts to engage, deploy and up-skill youth workers in support of young people.

Last updated on hub: 06 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

Safeguarding children and families during the COVID-19 crisis

Social Care Institute for Excellence

SCIE quick guide for practitioners working to safeguard children and families during the COVID-19 outbreak, including social workers and those working in social care settings.

Last updated on hub: 22 April 2020

Domestic violence and abuse: Safeguarding during the COVID-19 crisis

Social Care Institute for Excellence

A guide aimed at those supporting adults and children who are experiencing domestic abuse during the coronavirus crisis.

Last updated on hub: 22 April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers

Department for Education

Interim guidance for schools and colleges to support them keeping children safe, including online, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It includes information on the role of the local authorities, child protection policy, the role of Designated safeguarding leads, mental health, online safety and safeguarding vulnerable children during the COVID-19 period. This interim safeguarding guidance is under review and will be updated. [Published 27/03/20. Last updated 20/05/2020].

Last updated on hub: 08 April 2020

The PCFSW best practice guide for risk assessment and prioritising children and families' needs during pandemic

Principal Children and Families Social Worker Network

Drawing on research from the Principal Children and Families Social Worker (PCFSW) Network and feedback from local authorities, this guide will support social workers and local authorities in assessing and prioritising needs and risks of vulnerable children and families in the context of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It offers evidence-based support for practitioners and managers to help continuity of services and should be considered alongside the local authority's guidance to ensure continued support and safeguarding of vulnerable children and young people and their families and carers. The document can be used to support individual reflection, in supervision or in virtual group discussions to support reflection for and after action.

Last updated on hub: 06 April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services

Department for Education

Advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) for local authorities to help support and protect vulnerable children. It includes answers to frequently asked questions in the areas of: Alternative provision, Children's safeguarding, Children's residential care, Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, Care leavers, Foster care, Adoption, and social workers in children's social care. The guidance is for local authorities, those who have corporate parenting responsibilities, and local safeguarding partnerships who work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in their area. It will also be of interest to social workers, residential care providers and those with safeguarding responsibilities. [Last updated 15 July 2020].

Last updated on hub: 06 April 2020