Safeguarding Month June 2020: Raising the profile of safeguarding
June 2020 is Safeguarding Month so the CCG safeguarding team are highlighting a different safeguarding topic throughout the last fortnight in June. There are a number of safeguarding webinars available during this fortnight and we will also put up short clips or articles to highlight how we can consider those most vulnerable individuals that we come into contact with.
We are going to be looking at adult and Children safeguarding and you will see how they overlap with each other.
Shielding and social distancing due to the Covid 19 pandemic means that vulnerable adults and Children are less likely to have contact with family, friends, work or school and importantly the professionals who provide them with support and can notice signs of abuse and neglect. It has also increased the risk to them from certain types of abuse.
Adults who may be vulnerable to abuse include those with mental illness, drug and alcohol dependency, a learning disability or autism, financial difficulties and the frail elderly.
Children and young people are spending more time online and this exposes them to the risks of sexual and criminal exploitation.
There is increasing evidence that drug gangs are using threats of violence and intimidation to persuade vulnerable adults to transport and sell drugs (known as County Lines) and are using their property for criminal activities (known as cuckooing).
The risk of scamming has also increased during the pandemic, with fraudsters targeting individuals with offers to decontaminate their house or sell them fake sanitiser or protective equipment.
Adults at risk of abuse and neglect are protected by law under the Care Act 2014. Everyone has the right to live their life free from violence, fear and abuse and have the right to be protected from harm and exploitation. We can all play a role in educating and looking out for our patients, family and neighbours.
Children are protected by the Children Acts 1989 and 2004 with amendments in the Children and Social Work Act 2017. The strong and Key message is that the welfare of the child is paramount and that we must all as professionals and a society take responsibility for safeguarding children.
You can also download the NHS Safeguarding app giving you 24-hour, mobile access to up to date safeguarding guidance and local contacts to report safeguarding concerns. It provides an overview of necessary legislation and guidance covering both children and adults safeguarding as well as an NHS staff guide and contains regional contact information on how to report a safeguarding concern.
Click on the folders below for our CCG safeguarding lead's contact details, as well as national, regional and local safeguarding guidance, reports and forms.