Advice and resources on staying alert, particularly in the current lockdown: reach out, recognise, record and report.
Advice for parishes
Read this document from the Church of England to help you in your parish if you have a safeguarding concern.
A new series of bite-sized learning sheets which we are developing to help people build their knowledge of safeguarding issues – readable in your coffee break. The first two can be downloaded here, more will be available in the future.
If you think there is a safeguarding concern:
See Something, Hear Something, Say Something – These are difficult times and families are under huge amounts of pressure – but help is available.
Safeguarding Awareness for Volunteers – Keeping children safe is everyone’s responsibility, so being alert to the things you might hear or see which could cause you concern is important . This safeguarding awareness video for volunteers highlights how it can be harder to spot those at risk whilst schools are closed to the majority of children and children unable to visit friends and extended family or go to their usual clubs.
Safeguarding Advice for coronavirus Volunteers – At this time, it is even harder for children and vulnerable adults to tell anyone about what is happening to them. This useful PDF from the Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board summarises key safeguarding advice for those volunteering in the community.
Support for children and young people who are feeling unsafe:
Norfolk Safeguarding Children Partnership are keen that children and young people know who they can contact during this time if they are scared, or if they are worried about their friends or other young people. This short video explains who to call.
Support for those at risk from domestic abuse:
You are not alone – The coronavirus will have a serious impact on women, children and men who already face domestic abuse in their homes . The Home Office initiative aims to reassure anyone at risk of, or experiencing domestic abuse that help is still available during this difficult time. This PDF leaflet produced by Norfolk Constabulary provides a listing of the many charities who can offer support and guidance to victims of domestic abuse.
SafeLives – A series of podcasts from SafeLives provides insight the experiences of those living with domestic abuse. In this podcast effective ways that family , friends and neighbours can support someone living with domestic abuse during the current lockdown is discussed .
Make Yourself Heard – The Silent Solution – If you are currently experiencing Domestic Abuse and need to contact the Police, the Silent Solution can be of help if it’s not safe to talk on the phone. Details of how to use the system are explained on this site.
The 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline number, run by Refuge is 0808 2000 247 , and more information can be found at www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk
Some charities and organisations will be offering support over the telephone or online, please find the full list here if you need to contact someone for support or advice.
If you are in immediate danger you should still call 999. Police 101 is the non-emergency number.
Awareness and action against modern slavery
We see you – The Clewer Initiative enables Church of England dioceses and wider church networks to raise awareness of modern slavery, identify victims and to help provide victim support and care. In this short video victims describe their experiences.
Closer than you think – A short video exploring the Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking which includes information on how to spot potential victims , how they may be exploited and what you can do to help free the UK from Modern Slavery.
Staying vigilant against scams
Wash Your Hands to Coronavirus Scams – Staying vigilant to protect and prevent people from being victims of scams is important especially during lockdown when people may feel especially lonely. This PDF postcard reminds you how you can be a good friend and neighbour to protect those in your community falling victim to scams.
Scams – What’s the problem? – Scams can come in many forms and anyone can be a victim of scam. In this short video the main types of scamming are introduced.
Friends Against Scams – Knowledge is power when it comes to being scam aware and keeping yourself safe. This e-learning encourages you to actively promote scams awareness action in your community through sharing key messages to prevent people from being scammed.