Covid-19

For information regarding Safeguarding issues and responses during the Covid-19 pandemic

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This page gives you a summary of new and updated features in the Shropshire Safeguarding Community Partnership (SSCP) website as well as other useful information about relevant news and events in Shropshire.

  • Children's Society and Barnardo's Action for Children have been funded by The Department For Education and The Home Office to help support young people with the affects of Lockdown and Covid-19.  For information on this project and how you can refer in to the service, please click here
  • We are With You have produced some excellent resources for young people on exploitation.  You can view these and also information on appropriate language from the Children's Society here
  • New Multi-agency Guidance for when a person or group is not following the Coronavirus guidelines on social distancing or self-isolation has been published. The guidance is for all front-line staff and managers in member organisations of the Community Safety, Children’s and Adults Networks of the Shropshire Safeguarding Community Partnership.
  • The latest SSCP Business Unit Newsletter is available to view on SWAY
  • The Neglect Screening Tool has been updated on the West Mercia Safeguarding Procedures
  • The Domestic Abuse Pathway has been updated so that key contact numbers and links are up to date on the West Mercia Safeguarding Procedures
  • SSCP Constitution has been agreed and can be viewed in the Related Media link on our About Us page
  • New Domestic Abuse & COVID-19 in Shropshire Poster available to download and display in premises.  The poster has contact numbers and links for information.
  • SSCP add relevant information regarding COVID-19 and safeguarding children or adults to the COVID-19 pages of the children's and adults websites on a regular basis.
  • SSCP are currently reviewing its Escalation Policy through a multi-agency case file and an online survey.  The survey has been developed to ascertain professionals awareness of the policy and any barriers they’ve experienced in putting the policy and guidance into practice.  Could you please complete the survey monkey to assist us with the review of the policy and to make the necessary improvements. It should only take approximately ten minutes to complete and will close on 19th June.

  • The Women’s Aid Rail to refuge scheme means that survivors with a refuge space can travel for free across England, Scotland and Wales.
  • New Mental Capacity Act webinar added to Professionals Safeguarding Training page.  This free online webinar from Joint Training is aimed at those working with 16+ and covers using the Act for every day decisions during COVID-19
  • New guidance from Bournemouth University entitled Scams: the power of persuasive language for community health and social care workers to help identify and prevent scams in society
  • Guidance for Working with Child Neglect During the Covid 19 Pandemic written by Emeritus Professor Jan Horwath
  • A link to the Gov.uk site for collection of factsheets, updated guidelines and news stories related to DBS and coronavirus.
  • Covid-19 makes safeguarding more difficult due to reduced contact between professionals and vulnerable people with fewer support networks in place.  Isolation, money problems and health difficulties increase the pressure and raises the possibility of abuse and mistreatment.  There are particular risks for people isolated with abusers and those more vulnerable to being misled or mistreated so please read the SSCP's 7 Key Points for Safeguarding for Shropshire Volunteers
  • The NSPCC has provided guidance on ways to use GCP2 during the current lockdown to support your practice and ways that you can adapt the use of GCP2 to help monitor and measure the quality of care a child receives.
  • During the Covid-19 pandemic it is important that all staff members and volunteers are vigilant in order to keep children as well as adults who access support safe. Social distancing means that there are limited opportunities for outside agencies to see what is happening. We must be alert to the potential for abuse and neglect and speak up so please read the latest Whistleblowing Guidance produced by SPiC and SSCP.
  • On 1st April, Shropshire Safeguarding Partnership met and agreed the new name of the Partnership, the new structure and the strategic priorities for the next three years.  The Partnership is now called the Shropshire Safeguarding Community Partnership (SSCP). SSCP Business Unit Newsletter for 23rd April 2020 explains these changes.
  • Professional curiosity is the skills used to explore and understand with what is happening with an individual or family.  The Keeping Adults Safe in Shropshire Network (KASiSN) and Shropshire Safeguarding Children Network (SSCN) have developed Professional Curiosity Guidance for Shropshire professionals and volunteers.
  • Shropshire Domestic Abuse Information & Contacts during the Coronavirus outbreak
  • For general information and advice during the Coronavirus outbreak please refer to the UK Government advice on the following websites Gov.UK, NHS, Public Health England, Shropshire Council
  • Some useful resources to help children and families during the Coronavirus outbreak include; NSPCC Talking to a Child Worried about Coronavirus, SafeLives, Family Information Service Resource Packs, Mental Health Foundation Guidance, Child Friendly Explanation of Coronavirus
  • Contacts & Definitions Handouts with useful contact details and information on for both Children's Services and for Adult Services Professionals and Volunteers are available to download from the Safeguarding Training page of our website
  • The Neglect Strategy has been revised January 2020.
  • Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) statutory requirements update June 2019 and Child Death Plan publication.