COVID-19 resources on Safeguarding Children

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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. Note, from the 1 October 2021. The flexibilities in the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus)(Amendment) Regulations 2020 will no longer be available. This guidance was amended in early October 2021 to reflect the new guidance that is is valid from 1 October 2021. [First published 3 April 2020. Last updated 4 October 2021].

Last updated on hub: 06 April 2020

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