The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has meant many organisations that work with children have had to change the way they operate on a day-to-day basis.
With all UK nations under lockdown or high-level restrictions, many children and young people are staying at home. Although they may be speaking to children online, schools, colleges and other organisations are not currently seeing most children in person.
Not having regular face-to-face contact means you may be less able to recognise child protection concerns and provide appropriate support.
You may have found it difficult to keep your safeguarding and child protection policies up-to-date and reflect the ongoing changes in ways of working.
So, we’ve set out five steps to help you consider what updates your organisation can 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?