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What to look out for...

Below are some examples of safeguarding concerns to look out for to best protect vulnerable adults, children and families during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Always THINK FAMILY! Whether your safeguarding concern be for a child or an adult – who else is in the household that could be affected?

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  • Increased stress levels in the household due to self-isolation and those at risk not being able to flee or leave
  • Children not seeing trusted adults regularly
  • Living with perpetrators who may have more control over a family
  • Children of separated parents not being able to move between households
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  • Financial abuse from people you don't know offering to do the shopping for you
  • Vulnerability to loan sharks because of reduction or loss of income
  • Overcharging for goods and services or selling things at a premium
  • Zero-hour contracts or reduced or no work and the take up of loan sharks
  • An increase in potential scammers targeting those self-isolating
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  • People being targeted for support by people they don't know who don't belong to an organised group
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  • Individuals not going out for essentials for fear of catching the virus.
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  • A carer needing to self-isolate or even becoming ill that could lead to unintended abuse because of stress and reduced access to support and respite
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  • A decision not to provide care to someone due to real or perceived Covoid-19 symptoms
  • Lack of access to safe places and resources such as school and free school meals
  • Increased risk of poverty to a household
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  • Lack of knowledge and clarity of the virus risks, symptoms and actions to be taken
  • Access to handwashing facilities
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  • An increase in episodes of mental health or relapses of parents due to reduced direct support
  • Isolation from friends and support network
  • Anxiety about friends and family’s health
  • Uncertainty about the pandemic
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  • Increased vulnerability due to being out of school and usually ‘safe’ routines.
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Click the link below to download a copy of our WST Covid-19 Safeguarding Poster to display within your agency

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Below is a list of useful resources for safeguarding children and adults in Wolverhampton which we will be adding on over the coming weeks.

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Children's

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Adults

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Report a Concern about a child


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Report a concern - adults


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Childline Information

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Help and advice from SCIE for Vulnerable adults during Covid-19 Outbreak

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Kooth – Mental Health and Well-being

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Advice from Women's Aid - Victims and Survivors

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Wolverhampton Specialist CAMHS Service

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Domestic Violence Support

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NSPCC Helpline for parents / carers , call 0808 800 5000 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The Haven

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NSPCC's Coronavirus (COVID19) Advice and Support for Parents and Carers

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Click here to download The Haven's Health & Well-Being guide

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WV Virtual Squad

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City of Wolverhampton Council Coronavirus Advice & Information

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Advice and information for keeping all age groups safe and well at home at

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Easy to read Coronavirus information for adults

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