Safeguarding during the Coronavirus pandemic

During the pandemic, the pressures placed upon local churches have risen significantly and this has led to an increase in the need to protect people from different forms of harm and abuse. Below is information about what you can do to offer support whilst continuing to serve the needs of your communities.

At these difficult times, we would like to help churches not only promote everyone’s wellbeing but also consider actions for those who are more vulnerable in the next weeks and months.

If you become aware or you are concerned that an individual may be at risk of abuse or neglect; you should:

  • Contact your church safeguarding coordinator or Synod Safeguarding Officer for advice within 24 hours,
  • Refer to a local social care service in the area that the individual lives. (Check the website to see any changes to reporting procedures currently).
  • Always call the Police using 999 if you suspect someone is in immediate danger.

The latest advice from the NHS can be found on its website and here. If you feel or become unwell, always seek the advice of your GP or call the NHS Helpline on 111 from landlines or mobiles.

Below is a list of resources and advice to help support you at this time.

For advice for Safeguarding people in the midst the Coronavirus, click here – Download

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