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Covid-19 Information for workers & volunteers

During the Covid-19 pandemic the Safeguarding Partnership is working to support frontline services to safeguard and protect children and adults at risk in these very challenging circumstances.

This page is intended to provide staff from across the partnership with information about how services are managing the impact of the pandemic on service delivery and to host information and guidance from national and local organisations. Whilst each agency will have their own protocols that staff should follow, information about multi-agency and partnership working will be held here.

If you have information about the way in which your service is adapting its work at this time please let us know and we can share it with others on your behalf. Email us at safeguardingpartnership@swindon.gov.uk

General Information

NHS - Covid-19: Symptoms & what to do 

Government Advice - Covid-19: What you need to do

Government advice on Social Distancing

Government advice to households with suspected Covid-19

Government Stay at Home explanatory diagram

Covid-19 in 20 different languages available at this link: https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information/#

Covid-19 in easy-to-read format from the MENCAP website at: https://www.mencap.org.uk/advice-and-support/health/coronavirus

Information and advice for parents on talking to their children about Covid-19:  Talking to a child about Covid-19

Unfortunately the pandemic has seen the rise of a number of scams that exploit people's fears and vulnerabilities. Friends Against Scams have more information about this on their website at: Friends Against Scams

  • If you think you’ve been scammed, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 and if you need advice, call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133. If you are in immediate danger, contact the police on 999.
  • Contact your bank if you think you have been scammed.

 You might want to share this leaflet about scams (Click here leaflet) with people you are working with. 

Service Specific 

Child Protection Conferences

Due to the Covid–19 pandemic, we are working in a different way to ensure that child protection conferences continue to take place in a way which manages the health and well- being of all professionals and their families alongside the children and their families who are at risk of significant harm.

From the 23rd March conferences will take place via Skype/phone. The following sets out how partners can help ensure that this vital work continues continue:

  • Professionals are expected to provide their report to the SQAteam@swindon.gov.uk inbox as usual. It is crucial that you ensure staff adhere to the timescales for this i.e 3 working days prior to an ICPC and 5 working days prior to an RCPC.  On sending their report please can the individual who will be attending  the conference be confirmed including their email address. This is essential to ensure the correct attendee will receive all the professionals reports in advance of the Skype meeting. We will no longer be in a room to physically share reports so this is mandatory.
  • The SQA Business Administrator will send an invite for a Skype meeting to the professionals to participate in the meeting.
  • If the professional is not able to access Skype a phone conference call will be arranged. They should notify the  SQA Business Administrator if this is required.
  • We will aim to email all the reports (apart from Police reports) to professionals within 2 days of the conference (provided they have been received in timescale).
  • We will offer parents and children over 12 years old 3 options to participate  a) to attend the conference in Clarence House with the Social Worker and the Chair. (A note taker may be also present or taking notes remotely. ) b) Skype into the meeting or c) have a conference call.

The following documents (which are also available on the forms page) are for use during the period of the pandemic: 

CP Conference Skype Guide for Parents & Children over 12yrs

Skype Guidance for CP Chairs & Professionals

Agenda for ICPC (Covid-19)

Agenda for RCPC (Covid-19)

Core Group Guidance (Covid-19)

Children in Need Guidance (Covid-19) 

Missing Children

Whilst the procedures for responding to children who go missing from home and care have not changed because of the Covid-19 pandemic there are some additional considerations that parents and those who care for children need to take into account. Workers should familiarise themselves with this addendum to the substantive guidance.

Missing Children Guidance (Covid-19)

Children Missing from Home & Care Guidance (2019)

Adult Safeguarding

Safeguarding adults remains a statutory duty of Local Authorities to keep the most vulnerable safe from abuse or neglect. The Coronavirus Act 2020 does not affect the safeguarding protections in the Care Act, particularly at Section 42 of the Care Act. It is vital that Local Authorities continue to offer the same level of safeguarding oversight and application of Section 42. However, it is also important that safeguarding teams are proportionate in their responses and mindful of the pressure social care providers are likely to be under. Below is a precis of the guidance and a link to the full guidance under the Coronavirus Act 2020.

Care Act Easements Safeguarding Guidance

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-changes-to-the-care-act-2014/care-act-easements-guidance-for-local-authorities#annex-d-safeguarding-guidance