Information has been produced to help if you need urgent police help through the 999 service, but are unable to speak. If you’re in an emergency situation and need police help, but can’t speak, Make Yourself Heard and let the 999 operator know your call is genuine.
Information and guidance can be found in the documents below:
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) have produced a FAQ document to accompany their Safeguarding Factsheet. It is designed to address specific concerns that people involved in supporting their community may have at this time, and is split into two sections:
- Advice for those organising a community volunteer group, and
- Advice for individuals wanting to assist those in their local community
The factsheet can be viewed here:
Safeguarding and DBS Factsheet
The purpose of this briefing is to assist senior leaders, such as members of Safeguarding Adults Boards (SABs), as well as commissioners, practitioners and operational managers who are working across relevant sectors and agencies in this field, to support people who are homeless and at risk of or experiencing abuse or neglect. This is a complex area of safeguarding adults’ practice. It requires an integrated whole system response. The intention is that the briefing will support and improve practice and encourage debate about policy and service development.
There are 11 sections in this briefing. Particular focus is given to working with people experiencing multiple exclusion homelessness. The eleven sections include an outline of relevant law and a summary of learning from safeguarding adult reviews. Effective practice is explored through a focus on working with individuals, the multi-agency and multi-disciplinary team around the person, organisations around the team, and governance.
The briefing forms part of a sector-led improvement project. The briefing concludes with a list of resources and identifies how the project will be taken forward to further inform policy, service and practice development.
At a local level Homelessness is a priority for the HSAB this year, with the HSAB Housing subgroup working on the production of Homelessness guidance, as well as campaign materials being designed by the Stakeholder subgroup for circulation to raise awareness of the links between homelessness, abuse and safeguarding.
Unscrupulous criminals are exploiting fears about COVID-19 to prey on members of the public, particularly older and vulnerable people who are isolated from family and friends. National Trading Standards is warning people to remain vigilant following a rise in coronavirus-related scams that seek to benefit from the public’s concern and uncertainty over COVID-19.
Trading Standards have produced the social media pack below, alongside a press release (https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/article/505/beware_of_covid_19_scams) and letter template.
Please share the posts in the media pack to draw attention to the infographic, which provides information on how to protect yourself and others from coronavirus scams. The Friends Against Scams training has been updated to include further information on the types of coronavirus scams the team have seen and actions to take to protect yourself and others.
The poster below provides information for vulnerable adults, whilst self-isolating. The poster provides a reminder about keeping safe if offered support, or if an individual needs to seek help.
The Safeguarding Adults National Network has produced guidance regarding the Corona Virus in 21 different languages. Please view the advice at the link below and share with your own networks.
Corona Virus Guidance
Sharing of information is critical to developing a clearer picture of local and wider issues, to inform the actions police need to take to reduce threat, harm and risk.
Hampshire Constabulary are seeking the support of partners, education staff and practitioners to share information known to them which, often without realisation, could provide crucial links where gaps in intelligence might exist.
To help improve information sharing, the CPI form gives professionals a safe and direct way to share non-urgent information with police relating to children/adults at risk of:
- Missing, Exploited, Trafficked
- Child Sexual Exploitation
- Criminal Exploitation
- Drug Related Harm
- Modern Day Slavery
- Community Cohesion
- Anti-Social Behaviour
- Organised Crime
The CPI Form: Use and Process Summary
If the information known to you is non-urgent, not a crime and a child/adult is not at immediate risk, this is appropriate to be shared as police intelligence using the CPI form. The CPI form is not a referral form, it is for sharing non-urgent information only specific to the risks listed above.
Upon receipt of a CPI form, intelligence handlers assess it to determine the level of risk and priority, this process can amount to one of the following outcomes:
- CPI sanitised an intelligence log created – added to police systems for officer awareness/action
- If information details a crime, this is tasked to the crime desk for allocation to be investigated
- If there is a concern for safety, it will be referred to the relevant safeguarding services/teams
- In some cases, no action will be taken
For more information, and access to the CPI forms, please click here