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COVID-19 clinical support

The current category is COVID-19 General

Safeguarding

General

Please see the NHS England and Improvement (London Region) safeguarding bulletin (December 2020) for information including the impact of Covid on safeguarding and the babysteps programme for new parents.

There are no changes to our professional duty for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.  Social care colleagues, Independent Domestic Violence Advisors and referral pathways remain in place to support as we work in continued collaboration. Remain ever mindful that for our vulnerable patients and families, many will be disproportionately impacted by current events. Domestic violence remains a significant concern. Please use every contact with families and known potentially vulnerable adults to ask how they are coping.

Also follow #COVIDSafeguarding via @NHSsafeguarding who will be posting daily updates and key messages 

Older adults– Safeguarding: see Safeguarding section

Domestic abuse

Director of Health and Justice, Armed Forces and Sexual Assault Referral Centres, Kate Davies, and National Head of Safeguarding, Kenny Gibson, have co-written a letter to remind NHS staff of their responsibility to identify, safeguard and care for individuals who they think may be victims and survivors of domestic and/or sexual abuse.

The RCGP has produced updated guidance on recording of domestic violence (updated January 2021)

Borough-specific

Child Safeguarding during Covid-19