The current lockdown restrictions mean that right now, vulnerable children and adults may be particularly isolated. This means that the family, community and professional networks they usually rely on may be unavailable or hard to access. However, safeguarding is everyone’s business. Neighbours, volunteers and professionals – like pharmacists, shop and supermarket workers or anyone who might still be interacting with members of the public – can play a vital role in keeping adults and children safe.
The Home Office, in collaboration with a number of other Government departments, has produced information and guidance for those who are still operating in communities and may not be trained to recognise the signs of abuse or neglect. The guidance covers signs to spot and what to do if there is a concern.
The HSAB have created two posters to provide information and guidance for those self-isolating during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and for those supporting people who are self-isolating or being shielded. The posters can be viewed below:
The HSAB have set up a dedicated webpage to cover information and guidance around the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This is aimed at both the public and professionals and covers both national and local guidance.
The pandemic is a fast-changing situation and the information provided will be updated on a regular basis. Please view the webpage here:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
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
On 1st October 2019, the new ‘Notification of Deaths Regulations 2019’ came into force.
The below link is the gov.uk guidance for registered medical practitioners on meeting their duties under the Notification of Deaths Regulations 2019;
Notification of Deaths Regulations 2019 Guidance
A copy of the Regulations can be found on the legislation website, or by clicking here.