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Covid 19: Information for Practitioners

collaboration community cooperationThe KSCP recognise that the COVID-19 virus is putting increasing pressure on all services providing support to children, young people and families. In this changing landscape safeguarding continues to be a priority, however we recognise that we will all have to consider ways of doing things differently.

This Assurance Document is the  Kirklees Safeguarding Children Partnerships approach to ensuring children and young people are safeguarded during the COVID – 19 timeline and that we protect the most vulnerable (and any emerging vulnerability) and safeguarding issues are identified. This document seeks to set out the way in which partner agencies across the Kirklees Safeguarding Children Partnership will work with families and protect vulnerable children in this context.

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.

As practitioners you need to consider how you can maintain appropriate contact with the children, young people and families you work with, provide support at this difficult time as well as maintain business as usual as much as possible.

Please follow your own agency’s contingency plans for providing services to children, young people and families, however in what may be challenging circumstances we would remind practitioners to:

  • Speak to families regarding any difficulties they may be experiencing due to spending more time together than usual, and signpost to where they can receive additional support.
  • Remain vigilant for the signs and indicators of abuse, including neglect and domestic violence, and raise any safeguarding concerns in line with your agency’s procedures.
  • If you suspect that a child or young person is being, or is at risk of being significantly harmed as a result of abuse or neglect, you must report this immediately in line with your agency’s procedures see our worried about a child page for contact information.
  • People rarely live in complete isolation and therefore you need to understand the needs of the wider family when you are working with a child, parent or adult, talking more, continuing to effectively work together and making sure that all the people working with children, young people and adults in a family, plan and coordinate their work.
  • If you are using alternative methods such as social media and technology to keep in contact with children, young people and families, remember to do this in line with your agency’s policies and in a safe and appropriate manner.
  • Consider help through Early Support
  • West Yorkshire Procedures Manual has been updated to include Covid 19 resource.
  • You may also want to consider undertaking FREE E-learning Training on Infection Prevention and Control and promoting to your colleagues, family and friends.

Coronavirus: Advice for Social Care

Things to consider when visiting families

Information and Advice:

Advice for Educational Settings:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

NHS Advice
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Talking to children about Coronavirus
https://www.bps.org.uk/sites/www.bps.org.uk/files/Policy/Policy%20-%20Files/Talking%20to%children%20about%20Coronavirus.pdf

How to talk to your child about coronavirus, by UNICEF https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/how-talk-your-child-about-coronavirus-covid-19

Information video on coronavirus for Primary KS2
http://www.brainpop.com/health/diseasesinjuriesandconditions/coronavirus/

Information video on Coronavirus for older children/adults, by WHO
https:www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOV1aBVYKGA&feature+youtu.be

Support for Deaf Children

https://www.ndcs.org.uk/blog/coronavirus-and-support-for-deaf-children-information-for-professionals/

NSPCC – Keeping Children Safe

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/

Coronavirus and caring for your baby

https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/safer-sleep-advice/coronavirus-and-caring-for-your-baby/

Undertaking remote teaching safely

https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/news/2020/march/undertaking-remote-teaching-safely/

Latest Guidance on vulnerable children and young people

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people

Shielding Advice

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

Early Years and Childcare closures

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures#who-this-guidance-is-for

Translated stay at home guidance from the UK Government: Available in Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, Gujurati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Urdu and Welsh

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance