Covid-19

For information regarding Safeguarding issues and responses during the Covid-19 pandemic

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What's new?

This page gives you a summary of new and updated features in the Shropshire Safeguarding Community Partnership (SSCP) website as well as other useful information about relevant news and events in Shropshire.

  • Two new Learning Briefings have been published in April 2022.  Learning Briefing on the G Children Serious Case Review and the Multi-agency Learning Briefing on the Impact of Covid-19 - Child K and Child L
  • The February 2022 edition of the Shropshire Safeguarding Community Partnership Newsletter is now available.
  • The Shropshire Safeguarding and Community Partnership's Business Unit have produced a webinar to explain the Multi-agency Case File Audit (MACFA) process.
  • The Shropshire Safeguarding and Community Partnership have published their Annual Children's Report 2019- 2020
  • We know harm to children and adults with care and support needs has
    increased since we went into lockdown in March 2020. Our statutory case
    reviews have highlighted the importance of undertaking assessments
    in the home environment to fully understand the needs of those
    we work with and the risks they face.  Our Covid-19 Learning Resource on Assessment Practice provides a one-page reminder to practitioners of the principles of good practice
  • The Neglect Practitioner Support Pack, to help staff and volunteers recognise and take action to prevent harm as a result of child neglect, has been published
  • The Children's Threshold Document has been recently updated and published
  • The Compass Video, which advises professionals and volunteers what to do if they have a concern about the welfare of a child has been updated
  • The SSCB Annual Report 2018-2019 has been published and can be viewed here
  • The SSCP Constitution has been published and can be viewed on the About Us webpage
  • Children's Society and Barnardo's Action for Children have been funded by The Department For Education and The Home Office to help support young people with the affects of Lockdown and Covid-19.  For information on this project and how you can refer in to the service, please click here
  • We are With You have produced some excellent resources for young people on exploitation.  You can view these and also information on appropriate language from the Children's Society here
  • New Multi-agency Guidance for when a person or group is not following the Coronavirus guidelines on social distancing or self-isolation has been published. The guidance is for all front-line staff and managers in member organisations of the Community Safety, Children’s and Adults Networks of the Shropshire Safeguarding Community Partnership.
  • The Neglect Screening Tool has been updated on the West Mercia Safeguarding Procedures
  • The Domestic Abuse Pathway has been updated so that key contact numbers and links are up to date on the West Mercia Safeguarding Procedures
  • SSCP Constitution has been agreed and can be viewed in the Related Media link on our About Us page
  • New Domestic Abuse & COVID-19 in Shropshire Poster available to download and display in premises.  The poster has contact numbers and links for information.
  • SSCP add relevant information regarding COVID-19 and safeguarding children or adults to the COVID-19 pages of the children's and adults websites on a regular basis.
  • A link to the Gov.uk site for collection of factsheets, updated guidelines and news stories related to DBS and coronavirus.
  • Covid-19 makes safeguarding more difficult due to reduced contact between professionals and vulnerable people with fewer support networks in place.  Isolation, money problems and health difficulties increase the pressure and raises the possibility of abuse and mistreatment.  There are particular risks for people isolated with abusers and those more vulnerable to being misled or mistreated so please read the SSCP's 7 Key Points for Safeguarding for Shropshire Volunteers
  • The NSPCC has provided guidance on ways to use GCP2 during the current lockdown to support your practice and ways that you can adapt the use of GCP2 to help monitor and measure the quality of care a child receives.
  • During the Covid-19 pandemic it is important that all staff members and volunteers are vigilant in order to keep children as well as adults who access support safe. Social distancing means that there are limited opportunities for outside agencies to see what is happening. We must be alert to the potential for abuse and neglect and speak up so please read the latest Whistleblowing Guidance produced by SPiC and SSCP.
  • Shropshire Domestic Abuse Information & Contacts during the Coronavirus outbreak
  • For general information and advice during the Coronavirus outbreak please refer to the UK Government advice on the following websites Gov.UK, NHS, Public Health England, Shropshire Council
  • To see all of the newsletters which have been put out by the Shropshire Safeguarding Community Partnership Business Unit, please follow this link to the Keeping Adults Safe in Shropshire website