Essential Safeguarding Guidance

Returning to work with At Risk groups

We have all been experiencing extraordinary times and we are not sure what is ahead of us. Preparing to go back to work, school and reopening of services is demanding on many levels. Some people have been working throughout, either at their place of work or from home. Some have not been able to work at all.

All these situations bring with them a range of new challenges, these might include difficult decisions around finances, home life and staying safe from infection. Indeed, some people might be putting themselves in constant danger by being at work. Help lines report a substantial increase in the whole range of abusive situations for children, young people and all adults, in the home and on-line during lockdown.

The Internet Watch Foundation has reported a 50% increase in reports of child sexual abuse material. The Women's Aid Federation of England's report 'Perfect Storm' found that, of those women living with their abuser during lockdown:

  • 61% said the abuse had worsened
  • survivors with children, who were currently experiencing abuse, said things were also worse for their children
  • over half (53%) said their children had seen more abuse to the survivor.
  • over a third (38%) said that their abuser had shown an increase in abusive behaviour towards the children.

SAFEcic's focus is always on safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk. As we move into a relaxation of lockdown rules and look to returning to a more normal pattern of life there is an added worry; How, with all the resultant rules and regulations in place to prevent the spread of the COVID 19 virus, are we going to ensure those we work for, and with, are going to stay safe.

SAFEcic has developed the following check list to help you to be confident that your safeguarding arrangements are robust and fit for purpose.

Check

Your organisation is still compliant:

  • procedures are up to date, known and understood by all
  • your Lead and Deputy for Safeguarding are back in post
  • safer recruitment is still paramount and everyone who has been employed (paid or unpaid) has been safely recruited
  • consents, agreements and risk assessments are in place for virtual working
  • safeguarding training for all is ongoing, as well as first aid
Look and Listen

Children, young people and adults at risk will be changed by the experiences of the lockdown. It is important to:

  • be observant
  • be attentive
  • take what is being said or seen seriously
  • be alert to changes in behaviour
  • not investigate
  • record what have you seen, what have you been told, date and sign
  • remain calm
Act If you become concerned about anyone then you must:
  • talk to the Lead or Deputy for Safeguarding as soon as possible
  • Observe confidentiality with colleagues, family and friends

Remember

  • safeguarding concerns can become apparent through a variety of situations and indicators
  • abuse can happen to anyone
  • you might become worried about someone you work with
  • you have safeguarding procedures to help you deal with your concerns
Promote To be certain that concerns will be identified and dealt with, we all need to promote:
  • a caring and listening culture
  • positive leadership to responding to concerns
  • ongoing support systems for clients and staff

To help everyone in preparing for an uncertain future SAFEcic continues to offer:

Additionally, subject to COVID-19 guidance, SAFEcic is now accepting bookings for: face to face training

SAFEcic is also developing blended online and Zoom training courses to replace face to face sessions, starting later in the Autumn, if you would like to know more please email blendedlearning@safecic.co.uk

Now might be a good time to review all your safeguarding arrangements and SAFEcic membership continues to offer good value, starting at a heavily subsidised £50 for charities and not for profits.

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