Safeguarding Children during Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The CSCP acknowledge that the current COVID-19 crisis is impacting all agencies which provide support to children and families. Safeguarding continues to be a priority, however we recognise that we may have to do some things differently.

As a partnership we have created these web pages to act as a single point of access for anybody who needs information and resources regarding safeguarding children during the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

Government guidance may change over the coming days and weeks so please make sure you are kept informed and up to date with any new advice or guidance being produced, and adjust your ways of working as appropriate. We will update this page as more information is made available.

If you would like to share any resources or information that is not already covered on the website please email: CSCP@cumbria.gov.uk

The Safeguarding Hub have business continuity arrangements in place. How we manage phone calls into the service has been amended to allow us to safely manage demand with a reduced workforce.

If you have an urgent safeguarding concern then you can telephone the safeguarding hub. If the lines are busy there will be a facility to leave a message (0333 240 1727).

All other safeguarding concerns from professionals must be submitted via single contact formthis external link will open in a new window.

All multi agency meetings, including strategy meetings, initial and review child protection conferences, CLA review, MACE and MARAC meetings will be arranged as telephone conferencing.  Those involved in meetings will receive communication regarding expectations around any report/update submissions and instructions on how to dial in to calls.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the CSCP have agreed to deliver certain training courses virtually via Microsoft Teams. 

cumbriasafeguardingchildren.co.uk/training/starthere.asp

All practitioner forums for March until May are cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.  

The CSCP will take a view on scheduled forums for June onwards in the coming months and will advise as soon as possible once a decision has been made.

https://cumbriasafeguardingchildren.co.uk/forums/default.asp

Advice on how people can protect themselves can be found online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UK Government response - including stay at home guidance, travel advice and other guidance

Guidance - Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and advice - the Department of Health and Social Care will be publishing updated data every day at 2pm until further notice

Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults

Safeguarding Factsheet for Community Volunteers during COVID-19 - Gov.uk having published a factsheet designed to address specific concerns that people involved in supporting their community may have at this time.

COVID-19 Free of charge DBS Applications/Fast Track Barred list check service/Fast Track Service eligible roles - Gov.uk have published a guidance on Fast-track service – eligible roles who will receive free-of-charge DBS checks and a fast-track Barred List check is taken from The Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (Commencement No. 16) Order 2020.

COVID-19 Guidance for public on mental health and wellbeing - Gov.uk have published a guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19)

You are not alonethis external link will open in a new window - The Government have released ‘you are not alone’ support for domestic abuse victims campaign to signpost where help can be found. The freephone, 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline is 0808 2000 247.

Further information for Professionals


 

Further information for Families (Parents)


Further information for Children


CSCP 5 Minute Briefings

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CSCP COVID-19 Resources & Materials


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