Social distancing measures introduced by the government during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic mean many organisations that work with children have had to change the way they operate on a day-to-day basis.
Schools, colleges and nurseries are continuing to stay open for the children of key workers and vulnerable children, but there are lots of children who are at home with families or other carers.
Agencies and organisations who can no longer work with children and families in-person may be reliant on remote or distanced contact and may be less able to recognise child protection concerns and provide appropriate support.
Your existing safeguarding and child protection policies are unlikely to reflect these new, unprecedented ways of working.
So, we’ve set out five steps to help you consider what updates your organisation might need to make to your policies and procedures to ensure children are kept safe.
- The principles of safeguarding remain the same but do you need to amend your policies and procedures?
- What is the role of the nominated child protection lead and how will you continue to recruit new staff or volunteers safely?
- How will you continue to work with children and families and how will you respond to non-attendance?
- Are there any specific areas of concern? Including online safety, domestic abuse and mental health.
- How will you report concerns about a child?