COVID-19 and safeguarding adults: resource pack

These resources were collected between March and December 2020 to support safeguarding work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Information was compiled initially through a ‘safeguarding issues grid’, in response to issues raised by Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) Chairs, SAB Managers, Principal Social Workers and others regarding safeguarding adults during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The resource pack includes this resource list which signposts to relevant resources and good practice examples of changes in practice and service delivery developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The resource pack also includes a ‘Top Tips for Safeguarding Adults Board Managers’ which can be used as a ‘checklist’ by SABs.

The resource pack has been compiled by the safeguarding work stream of the joint Local Government Association (LGA) and Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) Adult Social Care Hub, COVID-19. This workstream developed an FAQ on COVID-19 and safeguarding adults in May 2020.

This is an ongoing area of work, so we welcome further contributions. Please provide additional information or examples of good practice. Also, if you have difficulties accessing any resources, please let us know via chip@local.gov.uk

Safeguarding resources

Care provision

SCIE advice: Safeguarding adults during the COVID-19 crisis and delivering face-to-face adult day care safely

Department of Health and Social Care guidance on visiting care homes during COVID-19

Public Health England’s Guidance for those working in care homes providing information on how to work safely during this period of sustained transmission of COVID-19

Public Health England has written a note to for care homes to simplify and clarify existing national guidance on discharge into care homes, particularly in relation to people who have tested positive to COVID-19

Clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19

Guide for Local Authorities and Local Resilience Forums on the system to support those who are clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19

Closed environments

There is currently a work stream in place to support addressing safeguarding in closed environments. ADASS has published a safeguarding people in closed environments checklist

Day Centres

SCIE has released guidance on the re-opening of day centres safely

Domestic abuse

Central Bedfordshire has produced two good practice documents. You need to subscribe to the  Khub adult social care hub, and then go onto the adult social care hub ( COVID-19) The titles of the publications are: Safeguarding best practice - Central Bedfordshire - Domestic Abuse Professionals Surgery and Safeguarding good practice - Central Bedfordshire - Safe Spaces for adults throughout COVID

SCIE has released guidance on lockdown easing and the impact on domestic abuse

Home Office guidance: Domestic abuse: get help during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – how to get help

Digital communications

You need to subscribe to the Khub adult social care hub, and then go onto the adult social care hub ( COVID-19). The title of the publication isGetting the most out of video calling applications - Socitm. About: Using technologies such as Zoom and Skype. 

You need to subscribe to Khub adult social care hub, and then go onto the adult social care hub ( COVID-19). The title of the publication is: Safeguarding good practice - Leeds

Digital safety

You need to subscribe to Khub adult social care hub, and then go onto the adult social care hub ( COVID-19). The title of the publication is: 24 March 2020 - Guidance for LAs and LRFs supporting vulnerable high risk people - MHCLG

SCIE has released guidance on lockdown easing and the impact on domestic abuse

Home Office guidance: Domestic abuse: get help during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – how to get help

Easy read guide

Mencap: easy read guide across a wide range of issues: November lockdown rules; shielding; self- isolating; social distancing; face coverings; keeping safe; public transport; going to work or working from home; test and trace; food shopping; befriending; scams; keeping clean and handwashing; about coronavirus and Government guidance.

General

Practical tools available for those working in social care and social work on SCIE’s website

SCIE: guidance and training on key topics

SCIE: Resources for the sector

SCIE: blogs, webinars and Q & As

SCIE: social care recovery and reform

SCIE: training and learning

SCIE: resources and best practice

Department of Health and Social Care publication: Responding to COVID-19: The Ethical Framework for Adult Social Care (DHSC Guidance)

You need to subscribed to the Khub adult social care hub, and then go onto the adult social care hub ( COVID-19). Examples of good practice from Brighton and Hove City Council, including an example of two RISE practitioners aligned to it to maintain a strong links with the Domestic Violence Specialist Service. The title of the publication isSafeguarding and COVID-19 – Best Practice

Home care

SCIE: Home care and COVID-19: advice and best practice: Providing care and support at home to people who have COVID-19

Informal carers

Carers UK report on informal carers 

SCIE produced a report on the impact of COVID-19 on informal carers

Institutional care

ADASS has published ‘safeguarding people in closed environments’ tool

SCIE: COVID-19 resources on Care Homes

Mental capacity

DHSC guidance for health and social care staff who are caring for, or treating, a person who lacks the relevant mental capacity: Coronavirus (COVID-19): looking after people who lack mental capacity

The outputs from the National Mental Capacity Forum webinar, MCA and COVID vaccinations in care homes, constitute additional helpful advice from mental capacity experts.

39 Essex Chambers guidance: Mental Capacity Act, Deprivation of Liberty and coronavirus law

You need to subscribe to the Khub adult social care hub, and then go onto the adult social care hub (COVID-19). The title of the publication is: Coronavirus MH Guidance - Foundation for people with learning disabilities

You need to subscribe to the Khub adult social care hub, and then go onto the adult social care hub (COVID-19). Good practice Lead Safeguarding GP based in clinic and offered COVID-related advice and ethical decision-making support to primary care colleagues across Greater Preston and Chorley South Ribble and West Lancashire CCGs. – The title of the publication is: Safeguarding good practice - Lancashire

Multi-agency working

You need to subscribe to the Khub adult social care hub, and then go onto the adult social care hub (COVID-19) The title of the publication is: Safeguarding good practice- Cornwall Council of the Isle of Scilly

People at higher risk from coronavirus

People at higher risk from coronavirus: advice for people at higher risk from coronavirus, including older people, people with health conditions and pregnant women.

Scamming

Examples of various scams on the Friends against scams has COVID-19 scams website

COVID-19 SMS/text message scams leaflet on the National Cyber Security Centre website

Self-isolation and treatment of coronavirus

Self-isolation and treatment of coronavirus: advice about staying at home (self-isolation) and treatment for you and anyone who you live with

Social distancing

NHS: Social distancing and changes to everyday life: Advice about avoiding close contact with other people (social distancing), looking after your wellbeing and using the NHS and other services during coronavirus

You need to subscribe to the Khub adult social care hub, and then go onto the adult social care hub (COVID-19). The title of the publication is: COVID-19 Guidance for Professionals when a person is not following social distancing guidelines - Norfolk SAB

Social workers

Principal Social Workers’ Network has published: Principal Social Workers Guidance for Safeguarding Adults during the COVID-19 pandemic May 2020

BASW has published guidance on home visits during COVID-19 pandemic

BASW has published Supporting social workers during the pandemic

Testing

The NHS produced Standard Operating Procedure for administering the first COVID-19 vaccination in community settings.

The outputs from the National Mental Capacity Forum webinar, MCA and COVID vaccinations in care homes, constitute additional helpful advice from mental capacity experts.

Public Health England has produced Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination consent forms and letter templates for care home residents.

Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria have produced COVID-19 vaccinations Assessing mental capacity to consent guidance for Vaccinators which can be found on the FutureNHS Collaboration Platform, which you will need to sign up for.

There is also COVID Mass Vaccination check list and Covid Mass Vaccination – Making Every Contact Count for Safeguarding that can be found on the on FutureNHS Collaboration Platform, which you will need to sign up for.

Vaccinations

CIOS SAB has developed a video and workbook to raise awareness and offer advice to frontline volunteers during the pandemic 

Volunteers

Herefordshire Safeguarding Adults Board has released Whistleblowing – Speaking up about wrong doing if you see something, say something

Whistleblowing

SCIE has produced a quick guide and Webinar on COVID-19, safeguarding and faith based communities.

Community engagement

Alex Wakefield, Safeguarding policy lead at the Department of Health and Social Care wrote a letter (dated 27/5/20) to all Safeguarding Adult Board Chairs, clarifying that SABs can take proportionate actions to manage their statutory duties

SAB Manager Checklist

Safeguarding Adults Board duties

SCIE has produces a new methodology for ‘reviews in rapid time’, which allows learning from deaths to be established and disseminated expediently

University of Bristol A number of rapid reviews have beenundertaken as part of the LeDeR process

The Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board shared some good practice, they published a COVID-19 related Safeguarding Adults Review referrals Position statement to advise all stakeholders and partners on how NSAB will consider COVID-19 related Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR) referrals it receives in the coming months

Safeguarding Adult Reviews

SCIE has produced a new methodology for reviews in rapid time, which allows learning from deaths to be established and disseminated expediently.

University of Bristol A number of rapid reviews have been undertaken as part of the LeDeR process

The Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board shared some good practice, they published a COVID-19 related Safeguarding Adults Review referrals Position statement to advise all stakeholders and partners on how NSAB will consider COVID-19 related Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR) referrals it receives in the coming months. 

Using data on Safeguarding Activity

Safeguarding and COVID-19 insight report contains national data up to June 2020 and continues to collect and collate safeguarding activity data NHS England will be publishing its annual SG data returns Data and information - NHS Digital

NHS Digital has undertaken a mid-year voluntary data collection which includes some safeguarding data publication provides the findings from the Safeguarding Adults Collection (SAC) for the period 1 April 2020 to 30 September 2020.

Checklist for SABs during COVID-19

Statutory functioning

1. Have you agreed how the Board will continue to meet its statutory duties? If your Board is unable to do so, has this been formally noted and agreed by the partnership?

2. Have you agreed to produce a ‘reduced’ annual report or strategy?

3. Have you got a strategy and process for managing SARs remotely?

4. Have you got a process for managing new SAR referrals in the light of COVID-19?

5. Have you considered a ‘SAR in rapid time’ (SCIE model) for any COVID-19 related SAR referrals?

6. Have you considered how you will quality assure your partners to ensure that they are meeting their statutory responsibilities?

7. How can you assure yourselves that partners have implemented learning from the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic into their winter planning?

8. Have you undertaken a review of safeguarding issues arising from subsequent lockdowns? Are safeguarding mechanisms in place still adequate or has the cumulative effect of lockdowns had a safeguarding impact on residents?

Review of safeguarding issues relating to COVID-19

9. There are a number of key safeguarding issues that have arisen as a result of COVID-19, for example, increased domestic abuse, financial abuse, and self-neglect. Have you considered whether any of these feature in your areas and discussed this with your Independent Chair?

10. Have you identified or got a process for identifying any specific areas of safeguarding risk for your Board?

11. Have you identified how you will monitor and report on areas of safeguarding risk that have been identified?

12. Are aware of which care homes and hospitals in your area have stopped visits (including professional visits), and whether this has raised any safeguarding concerns? Have any places not allowed visits since March?

13. Have you considered the potential safeguarding implications of any other non-COVID-19 related issues such as Brexit or winter planning?

14. Have you reviewed any safeguarding issues that are linked to or have been raised during the administration of the COVID-19 vaccination?

Core business

15. Have you made a decision on how the Board will manage its core business? For example, management of sub-groups, task and finish groups.

16. Have you considered whether to increase or reduce Executive or Board meetings?

17. Have you reviewed and edited your annual strategic plans in the light of COVID-19?

18. Have you considered how to prepare for COVID-19 surges or lockdowns?

19. Have you updated your risk register to include risks that have manifested as a result of COVID-19?

20. Have you ensured that any training provision is now provided virtually?

Professional and community engagement

21. Have you considered how you will engage with service users going forward?

22. Have you considered how you will advertise key safeguarding messages to professionals and the public?

23. Have you linked in with key stakeholders around COVID-19 safeguarding issues (for example, Public Health, Community Safety teams)

24. Have you engaged with any COVID-19 volunteer groups to ensure that they are aware of their safeguarding responsibilities?

Quality assurance

25. Have you compared data from 2019/20 to 2020/21 to identify the impact that COVID-19 has had on safeguarding referrals?

26. Have you considered whether to audit any cases to assess the impact that COVID-19 has had on safeguarding?

27. Have you put in place a process for learning from COVID-19?