COVID-19 resources on Safeguarding Children

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Responding to the challenges of COVID-19: guidance for domestic abuse and safeguarding practitioners working with domestic abuse perpetrators

Respect

This guidance is intended as an aid for professionals/practitioners who are working with those who are abusive and/or violent within intimate and familial relationships, in the light of the challenges created by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The Respect Service Standard for organisation working with those who perpetrate domestic abuse is underpinned by a set of principles. These remain of critical importance in responding to domestic abuse during this period and include: safety first – keeping survivors and children central to the intervention is essential in the context of service delivery; do no harm – individual organisations will need to establish the viability of continuing with in-person service delivery; the system matters – it is crucial that services know who is still operating, the level of service available and the referral pathways; support for staff – supervision of, and support for, delivery practitioners, both professionally and emotionally, will need to be maintained and the accumulative effect of almost a year of restriction on social contact recognised; direct support work with service users during the Covid-19 pandemic – whilst some service users may engage well through remote, digital interaction, this may not be every client’s preferred means of communication and risks needs to be considered; online / remote delivery with service users during the Covid-19 pandemic – where remote work is preferred or is considered suitable based on the local area challenges it is important to recognise that this may not be appropriate for all clients.

Last updated on hub: 10 November 2021

Responding to the challenges of COVID-19: guidance for practitioners working with domestic abuse perpetrators

Respect

This document offers advice to professionals and practitioners who are working with domestic abuse perpetrators during the COVID-19 crisis. It is based on the learning from conversations with accredited services working with perpetrators and victims of domestic abuse and national and international experts. The document recommends that all practitioners follow their own organisation’s health and safety guidance, safeguarding procedures and business and contingency protocols. When considering any changes to existing service provision, a set of principles, outlined in the Respect Service Standard, remain important. They are: safety first; do not harm; the system matters; support for the staff. The document also signposts to additional resources, advice and support services.

Last updated on hub: 30 June 2020

Roma children’s participation: shaping responses to COVID-19 in the EU and Bulgaria

University of Central Lancashire

This policy paper presents research on the impact of COVID-19 of Roma children, including in the UK, and the barriers to their health and wellbeing and the potential of participatory responses. The findings are set in the current context of child poverty and related EU initiatives on poverty and participation. The findings show consistent patterns of challenging conditions experienced by some young Roma and their communities in relation to lack of essentials for basic health and income; wellbeing and education; discrimination and participation. Lessons to learned are highlighted and priority actions are recommended, including: improve supported and ethical mechanisms for hearing and responding to children’s views so that children share their opinions; community involvement in advocacy work; improvement of community-based services in terms of planning and service delivery; and improvement of intersectoral collaboration so that social, educational and health measures towards children and families are in line with specific needs and development opportunities in family context of the child.

Last updated on hub: 14 July 2020

Safe recruitment

Skills for Care

Safeguarding people who need care and support remains as important as ever. Led by Dominic Headley, one of the UK’s leading experts in safer recruitment, this webinar explores best practice emergency processes which support faster recruitment of staff during COVID-19.

Last updated on hub: 29 June 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

Safeguarding children in a pandemic: pandemonium with possibility?

Child Abuse Review

This paper explores some of the clinical situations in which safeguarding challenges have presented themselves during the pandemic. It then explores some of the opportunities that the reconfiguration of services has presented for those working in child health.

Last updated on hub: 04 January 2021

Safeguarding children under Covid-19: what are we learning?

Journal of Children's Services

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to identify and share learning about safeguarding children under Covid-19 drawn from a series of webinars held by the Association of Safeguarding Partners (www.theASP.org.uk). The learning is relevant for health, police, local authority and other relevant safeguarding agencies and includes sharing information about both the challenges and opportunities presented during the Covid-19 pandemic. By creating a webinar lead community of learning, lessons can be drawn that will help safeguard children during the remaining of the pandemic and during the release of lockdown as it emerges. Design/methodology/approach: This paper summarises themes from discussions within three webinars run by The Association of Safeguarding Partners (TASP) (www.theASP.org.uk). Each webinar was attended by between 60 and 80 participants, sessions involving presentations and discussions on topics such as “managing safeguarding reviews at a distance”, “the impact on early years’ provision” and “how work with families and children has changed with remote working methods”. With the participants’ consent, webinars were recorded, and these can be viewed on www.theasp.co.uk. Webinars were supported by an on-line programme: “meeting sphere” capturing comments in a “chat” facility and providing capacity for participants to collectively code comments into themes. Findings: Findings from the webinars note concerns about continuing and undetected abuse of children within and outside of the home; about the changing nature of criminal exploitation; and about the strains created by social distancing on children in families experiencing problems with poor mental health, drug and alcohol misuse and domestic abuse. Findings include some important lessons, including the discovery of innovative ways of working, the rapid collation of data across partnerships and about different methods of engaging with children, young people and families. Findings include suggestions about the impact of changes on the future safeguarding of children. Originality/value: There is little published discussion of the implications of Covid-19 on practitioners working on safeguarding children. While some research is emerging, there have been few opportunities for practitioners to listen to emerging practice ideas under Covid-19 or to discuss in an informal context how to address the new and emerging problems in safeguarding children. This think piece contains original material from webinars held with safeguarding children practitioners and is valuable for those working to safeguard children during and post Covid-19.

Last updated on hub: 30 December 2020

Safeguarding during coronavirus: voluntary and community groups

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

This resource brings together information and guidance that can help the voluntary and community sector safeguard and protect children and young people during the coronavirus pandemic. This includes information about: writing and updating safeguarding and child protection policies and procedures; making sure your staff and volunteers are safe to work with children; supporting children and families; recognising and responding to abuse; carrying out online activities and events; and an overview of the relevant guidance on running safe activities.

Last updated on hub: 23 September 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

Safeguarding pressures phase 7: interim report

The Association of Directors of Children's Services

The seventh phase of a research study which uses survey and interview data from local authorities to examine the safeguarding related pressures facing children's services across England, including changes in demand and provision of children's social care. This interim report, ahead of the study full publication in February 2021, provides key headlines including a focus on the impact of Covid-19. There was a greater variation between authorities in terms of the volume of safeguarding activities in 2019/20, resulting in an overall reduction in referrals and children in need, and increases in contacts, assessments and Section 47 Enquiries in England. The study estimates, based on local authority responses, that there has also been an increase in the number of looked after children, UASC and care leavers. Local authorities reported how their approaches to safeguarding during Covid-19 were effective. Creative uses of technology to engage and support children, families and professionals during the pandemic have been harnessed. However, digital poverty, together with ‘not knowing what is happening behind the camera’ can carry additional problems for some families and groups of children including very young children, and some children with a disability.

Last updated on hub: 05 January 2021

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