Safeguarding is everyone's business
Council is asking everyone to play their part in safeguarding children and
recognise where families need support.
Council is supporting a campaign led by the Wakefield Safeguarding Children’s
Partnership to encourage everyone to protect vulnerable children and young
people by reporting concerns.
the global coronavirus pandemic the majority of children and young people are
staying at home, by following government guidance on to how keep safe and help
prevent the spread of the virus.
Council recognises this difficult and stressful time may affect how families
cope and for this reason it is possible the risk of harm to children could
this reason Wakefield Council is reminding families they can get help and
advice as services are open and ready and willing to help them.
workers continue to visit children and their families (with staff using the
appropriate personal protective equipment). They are also using technology such
as Skype and Facetime to keep in touch. The Council is also working closely
with its partners to co-ordinate help for families, so that schools, colleagues
and teams working in early help services can identify issues and step in to
is recognised that as Coronavirus has meant that children are not being seen as
regularly by school staff or health professionals as before the crisis,
everyone is being asked to play their part in safeguarding, as part of their
responsibility to their community.
that could affect young people include domestic abuse, neglect, exploitation,
physical, sexual, psychological, or financial abuse, alcohol or drug misuse, or
mental health issues.
Margaret Isherwood, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “As
ever we are committed to the safety of all our district’s children and young
people. We know this is a stressful and difficult time and our services are
here to support families that need help. During this unprecedented time we want
to remind people that we all need to play a part in supporting families under
stress and ensuring the most vulnerable in our district are protected.
who believes child or young person is being harmed, or a risk of harm, must
act, and must report their concerns.”
that a child may be vulnerable include:
Children looking uncared for and dirty
A house or garden that looks unsafe with broken doors or windows, shattered
Adults under the influence of drugs and alcohol and seemingly incapable of
looking after children properly
A young person taking on adult responsibilities regularly, could indicate a
family in need of help
Children showing signs they are scared of being at home.
concerned about a child or young person should call 03458 503503.
more information visit www.wakefieldscp.org.uk.