COVID-19 and Safeguarding Children, Adults & Families:
COVID-19 is an extremely challenging situation for primary care. We are significantly changing the way we work and facing staff shortages. Our colleagues in partner agencies will be facing the same challenges. During this time, we need to continue to work together to safeguard our most vulnerable patients.
The role of primary care in safeguarding at this time is to recognise when children/adults/families are struggling or potentially suffering abuse or neglect, signpost to resources which can help and refer to other agencies as appropriate. This may include making safeguarding referrals through normal pathways.
Safeguarding Resources & Contacts:
If you, your child / children, family members or know children or adults who are struggling or potentially suffering abuse, domestic violence or neglect, please contact:
- National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/
- NSPCC Helpline: 0808 800 5000 if you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, contact NSPCC professional counsellors for help, advice and support https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/
- Childline: 0800 1111 https://www.childline.org.uk/ offers free, confidential advice and support for any child 18 years or under, whatever the worry.
- MIND: 0300 123 3393 www.mind.org.uk Mental Health Support with specific advice on ‘Coronavirus and your wellbeing
- YoungMinds: 0808-802-5544 https://youngminds.org.uk Supporting children and young people and their parents/carers with their mental health and wellbeing. Specific advice on managing self-isolation and anxiety about coronavirus