Initial advice on safeguarding for teams
30 March 2020
With regard to safeguarding, it’s clear that there are massively increased pressures on families, including potential financial pressures, confinement to the home, reduced support, impending staff absence and reduced home visiting. We’ve been looking for COVID-19-specific safeguarding resources but I think it’s fair to say no one knows the answers yet. The NSPCC have collated safeguarding advice for educational and residential settings here. It’s worth checking what your Local Safeguarding Children Partnership is currently doing, Norfolk LSCP have produced this information on their website. Women’s Aid have advice for survivors and Safe4Me have links to related resources.
We are hearing that teams are rapidly adapting their work with families, in a move away from specialised parent-infant therapies towards a family support/keyworker input which increases professional liaison, especially with the social care or adult mental health staff accountable for the family. Safeguarding remains a priority. It’s important that practitioners keep in touch with families and with each other. The NSPCC helpline for professionals remains open (0808 8005000) as does Childline (0800 1111).
For families, the Young Minds Parents Helpline (0808 802 5544) remains open Monday to Friday 9.30-4pm. Parentline provides emotional support, information and guidance on all aspects of parenting and family life – in England and Wales (0808 800 2222) and Scotland (08000 282233).