The West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board have set up a dedicated webpage to cover information and guidance around the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This is aimed at both the public and professionals and covers both national and local guidance.
Safeguarding Policies and Procedures still apply during this crisis and can be found here.
If you have any information that you think would be useful on this page please contact: Lynne.Mason@Reading.gov.uk
Social Isolation will mean that there will be less opportunity for professionals to identify Safeguarding Concerns, so they will be a reliance on communities and volunteers to identify and report concerns. There will be people who were managing prior to the Covid-19 crisis that are not known to services that may be now struggling.
Safeguarding Policies and Procedures still apply and can be found here.
The SAB has produced an, Escalation of safeguarding systems issues in services responding to safeguarding activity during the Covid-19 outbreak (March 2020). The process sets out proposals for escalation of safeguarding systems issues to senior leaders in services across Berkshire West, during the Covid-19 crisis. It is not intended to replace the Berkshire West Safeguarding Adults Procedures1, more to ensure there is swift, smooth communication between partners to accommodate changes forced by the crisis, as they occur.
Advice for Social Care from SCIE (Social Care Institute for Excellence) one Safeguarding adults during the COVID-19 crisis can be found here.
Support with virtual Safeguarding Conversations. Here is a guide created by the Royal College of General Practitioners, designed for GP's to support them in gathering information, in regards to Safeguarding, which may be off use to other professionals, having similar conversations.
The Mental Capacity act 2005, including DoLs still applies. The Department of Health and Social Care have published guidance which offers temporary, proportionate measures to support DoLS decision-makers to provide the best possible care to those who need it whilst preventing transmission of the virus. This guidance is temporary and applies until withdrawn by the Department – it should not become the new-norm beyond the pandemic. This guidance can be found here.
West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Board SAB have identified the following risks emerging during this crisis:
The following link takes you to the NHS Health and Wellbeing website which is now live. It has a significant amount or resources and availability of direct support for staff in relation their mental health and wellbeing. https://people.nhs.uk/
This page will be updated regularly please contact Lynne.Mason@Reading.gov.uk with any comments/input you may have.