Safeguarding During the COVID-19 Crisis – Domestic Violence and Abuse -Children and Families

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Domestic Violence and Abuse

This quick guide is aimed at professionals and organisations who are involved in supporting and safeguarding adults and children. The importance of safeguarding adults who are experiencing domestic abuse has not diminished during the COVID-19 crisis. Emerging evidence from statutory and voluntary agencies across the UK has emphasised the increased risks of domestic abuse, with Refuge reporting a 25 per cent increase in calls and online requests since the lockdown began in March 2020

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Children and Families

This quick guide is for practitioners working to safeguard children and families during the COVID-19 outbreak, including social workers and those working in social care settings.

As a practitioner you are facing unprecedented challenges to support and safeguard vulnerable children and families. During this time of uncertainty and national crisis, it is particularly important to safeguarding children who may be at an increased risk of abuse, harm and exploitation from a range of sources.

However, it is equally important to safeguarding families, with parents facing significant pressures to continue to protect and promote the welfare of their children. These parents may already be struggling and so with additional pressure the likelihood of harm or significant harm may increase.

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