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Spring 2020 Edition 2
The Government have provided a Safeguarding Factsheet for Community volunteers during COVID-19 outbreak.
Walsall’s communities, and the voluntary, community and faith organisations which work alongside them are already playing a significant role in the response to the coronavirus outbreak and supporting those most vulnerable to the impact. We are blessed with active communities and strong community organisations already working hard to ensure support is available to those who need it.
One Walsall is working alongside Walsall Council to support and coordinate the community response, and to provide guidance and advice to local community action.
The Council’s approach is to develop a coronavirus response hub in each locality, building on the work of the existing ‘Making Connections’ programme Hubs. Four locality hubs have now been set up to help vulnerable residents in the Walsall borough, with 300 volunteers already coming forward. More information will be shared over the coming days, but please see the attached flyer to learn more.
If you want to become a volunteer please view the Making Connections Walsall leaflet and go directly to the website of One Walsall here
Cyber criminals are preying on fears of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and sending scam emails that try and trick people into clicking on a bad link.
Some guidance to help you identify the scam emails can be found here
Friends Against Scams have published the following information about on keeping safe from scams.
Here are just some of the scams we are aware of, but please note that criminals come in all shapes and sizes and can contact you at the door, by phone, post or online:
Tips to avoid being scammed:
To learn more about different types of scams and how to protect yourself and others, visit www.FriendsAgainstScams.org.uk and complete the free online training.
Friends Against Scams have also published this helpful leaflet
Please find details on how to stay safe in light of the new Test & Trace scheme
The following organisations are providing support and help for victims and survivors of domestic abuse:
SafeLives have put together some information and resources for people living with domestic abuse, and the professionals supporting them during this difficult time. The Staying safe during COVID-19: A guide for victims and survivors of domestic abuse leaflet provides guidance around general points to consider during self-isolation and staying at home, as well as safety planning advice. For more information, please visit SafeLives.org.uk.
National Domestic Violence Helpline: Freephone: 0808 2000 247 https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/
Men’s Advice Line: 0808 8010327 www.mensadviceline.org.uk
Galop: 0800 999 5428 (national helpline for lesbian gay, bisexual and trans people experiencing domestic abuse)
For anyone worried that they may be harming someone else contact RespectUK: 0808 802 4040 https://respect.uk.net/
West Midlands Violence Reduction Unit have produced this briefing paper in response to Covid-19.
The Safeguarding Partnership also offers face to face and E-learning training courses which can be found on our Website
You may also be interesting in listening to one of our Podcasts on the website.
Guidance for safe routine enquiries to support professionals can be viewed within this document
The NSPCC has created a new webpage with information and advice for parents or carers who are worried a child or young person may be struggling with their mental health or has anxiety about Coronavirus. The webpage includes information on: talking about feelings and worries; keeping in touch and balancing screen time; ways to create structure and routine; and helping to give children a sense of control.
Read the information and advice: Talking to a child worried about coronavirus (COVID-19)
The NSPCC has created an online Hub providing advice and support for parents and carers during the Coronavirus outbreak. Content includes: information on keeping children safe from abuse; tips and advice to help parents working from home; and ways to talk to a child who is anxious or worried about Coronavirus.
Visit the Hub: Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and support for parents and carers
From the Children’s Commissioner; this is a child friendly guide about coronavirus to help explain the situation. The guide aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home.
Read the information and advice: Children's Guide to Coronavirus
Spot the signs of Modern Slavery
It can be challenging to identify a potential victim of modern slavery and potential victims may be reluctant or unable to come forward themselves. That is why it is important for frontline staff to look out for signs of modern slavery.
A potential victim of modern slavery may:
Modern Slavery and Covid-19
COVID-19: Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
If you think that a child or young person is being neglected in any way, please don’t keep it to yourself.
Click here for further information.
If you need help or are worried about a child, contact Walsall Early Help on 0300 555 2866 (Option 1) or visit www.nspcc.org.uk/what-is-child-abuse/ types-of-abuse/neglect/ for help, advice and support.
Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to announce the launch of a 24-7 support line for adults, older adults, and children and young people requiring urgent mental health support during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Walsall IAPT www.dwmh.nhs.uk/walsall-talkingtherapies-service 0800 953 0995
If you prefer the anonymity offered by a larger, national charity. The Samaritans can be contacted free 24 hours a day on 116 123.
The MIND website also has information about coping during the coronavirus pandemic.
Kooth offers mental health advice and support for young people.
The NSPCC are still here for children, and still here to support you. If you’re worried about a child, or need advice and support, talk to the helpline guidance on 0808 800 5000 (8am-10pm Mon-Fri / 9am-6pm weekends) or you can email email@example.com 24/7.
Whether you want support and advice for adapting to family life in lockdown, or you’re worried about a child, the NSPCC are here to help.
The coronavirus has brought so many changes to our lives. But some things never change – NSPCC are still here for children and still here to support you.
THINKUKNOW have released new online safety at home activity packs!
To help parents and carers during COVID-19, thinkuknow are releasing activity packs with simple 15 minute activities you can do with your child to support their online safety at home.
View further information and advice on keeping your child safe online during the COVID-19 pandemic at https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/
To help families through lockdown and social distancing, please view the following articles to help parents tackle some of the key issues they are experiencing, including:
With the revised Government advice regarding social distancing, like others, Children's services and its Partners have been considering how they can best continue to deliver the service.
MASH is currently taking place virtually with all partners in full support to ensure referrals continue to be screened effectively and timely in order to safeguard Children and Young People.
Please be advised there is no change to making a referral therefore please continue to do so in the usual way by consulting the right help right time guidance. More information on making a referral can be found here
All the conferences (both initial and review) are now taking place virtually. This enables the Conference Chairs and Review Coordinators to be able to continue to make a positive contribution to supporting decision making in relation to children and their plans.
In light of this new way of working, the requirement for every practitioner to ensure that they have shared their report with parents and, where appropriate, the child, the Conference Chair and the child’s social worker prior to the conference and in accordance with the Safeguarding Partnership Procedures is absolutely critical.
The service have a number of options available to enable parents, children and professionals to engage with the process and are currently exploring a conference call facility to assist with this. In any event, the Conference Chairs will always begin and end the conference by speaking with the parents and if it is appropriate to do so with the child.
The service also recognises that as the current situation develops we will need to keep these current arrangements under review therefore updates will be shown on this page.
If you are visiting an adult in the community please use the following Safeguarding Leaflets
Please use this guidance to support decision making in respect of safeguarding adult concerns. To report a safeguarding concern please use the safeguarding referral form adult_safeguarding_concern_form_2017_may.docx or contact the Adults Intake Team
Telephone: 0300 555 2922
Textphone: 0845 111 2910
Today (09/04/20) the Department has published guidance on the application of DoLS during the pandemic. As you will know, the Mental Capacity Act 2005, including DoLS, still applies – it has not been altered by the Coronavirus Act 2020. We have to strike a careful balance between protecting some of the most vulnerable in our society and preventing the spread of the virus. This guidance offers temporary, proportionate measures to support DoLS decision-makers to provide the best possible care to those who need it whilst preventing transmission of the virus. This guidance is temporary and applies until withdrawn by the Department – it should not become the new-norm beyond the pandemic
Skills for care have published a central COVID-19 page to highlight key information. So far it includes:
You can view the page here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-how-dbs-is-supporting-the-fight-against-coronavirus this will be updated regularly as the situation develops.
WMFS are continuing to provide an emergency response across the region, and intend to continue to support the most at-risk members of our communities to keep them safe by delivering limited, risk-critical prevention activities to those who are most at risk and vulnerable to being injured or dying in a fire. These services will, however, be delivered in a way that keeps non-essential social contact to an absolute minimum and therefore protects those who have been identified as being most at risk of contracting Covid-19.
Further information and updates on our approach to Covid-19 can be viewed here - wmfs.net
WMFS urge partners to continue referring to WMFS those most at risk and vulnerable to fire in the usual way. For anyone unsure how to refer to WMFS, here are links to the referral forms:
Online Referral Form
Standard Referral Form
NHS Pathway for Child Protection Medical Examinations during Covid-19 Pandemic can be viewed here - CP Pathway
Transfer of Responsibility between Authorities for Children with a Child Protection Plan - West Midlands’ Authorities Contingency Position Statement during COVID 19 Pandemic
Safeguarding Leaflet for Professional/Volunteers when visiting Vulnerable Adults – 2