Safeguarding Adults

Safeguarding during COVID-19

We recently published a special edition newsletter to summarise recent articles and resources regarding safeguarding (adults and children) during COVID-19, please click on the link below to access this newsletter.

Be Brave, Speak Up

A new film has been made to help support people and families facing domestic abuse, neglect and violence during the coronavirus lockdown.

The film, 'Be Brave, Speak Up', comes amid concerns that referrals into many services that support vulnerable families have dwindled since the lockdown, whilst others like Domestic Abuse services have seen a rise, as couples and families are forced together for very long periods of time either self isolating or staying at home to stop the spread of the virus. This is exacerbated by the fact that many of the agencies and staff trained to spot cases of abuse are operating differently during the lock down, and are not having their usual close contact with vulnerable people. This includes schools, day care centres, children's centres.

The video features Liz Stead, Head of Safeguarding Children at Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). It's been made in partnership with the Berkshire West Safeguarding Children Partnership.

The key message is to urge neighbours, friends and other people within communities to keep an eye and an ear out for possible cases of abuse. And if they're not sure if what they've seen or heard is abuse, then to err on the side of caution and report it.

These are the links to the 'Be Brave, speak up' film:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BWSafeguardingChildrenPartnership/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BWSCP1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
You tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwSD4pY-Cok&t=1s

Safeguarding Adults

Get Berkshire Active (GBA) is committed to working in partnership with organisations delivering sport and physical activity within the County to promote and deliver best practice when working with children, young people and adults. All children and adults are entitled to protection from harm and have the right to take part in sport and physical activity in a safe, positive and enjoyable environment. GBA and its partners have a duty of care to safeguard all children and adults involved in sport and physical activity from harm. All children, adults and others who may be particularly vulnerable must be taken into account.

GBA recognises that it is not appropriate to operate combined policies regarding the safeguarding of children and of adults, due to the vast differences in legal and statutory requirements. Therefore, the information on this page only applies to the safeguarding of adults.

For information regarding GBA's policies and procedures regarding its work with children, please refer to the GBA Safeguarding and Protecting Children Policy and Procedures via our website.

Useful resources

If you are an organisation seeking to develop your own Adult Safeguarding policies and procedures please refer to the Ann Craft Trust website for useful resources.

Following the COVID-19 pandemic GBA have released a document outlining top tips for delivering SUPER Online sessions. This document was reproduced with kind permission from Kent Sport.

Get Berkshire Active have developed a Safeguarding Pocket Guide for coaches, volunteers and deliverers. You can find an electronic version of this pocket guide below. Alternatively, you can request a hard copy by contacting Get Berkshire Active on 01628 472851.

Training Opportunities

The Ann Craft Trust website features information on training courses available. If you live or work in Berkshire and are seeking a training opportunity please email cathy.carr@getberkshireactive.org to register your interest. With enough local interest Get Berkshire Active may be able to run a course.

Useful Contacts

GBA Safeguarding Adults Lead

Kirsty Heath

Kirsty Heath

Healthy Communities Manager (Berkshire West)

Telephone
01628 472851

GBA Safeguarding Adults Deputy

Cathy Carr

Cathy Carr

Healthy Communities Manager (Berkshire East)

Telephone
01628 472851 / 07912 178652

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