Safeguarding is everyone's business

06/05/2020, PR-9392

Wakefield Council is asking everyone to play their part in safeguarding children and recognise where families need support.


Wakefield city centre

The 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.

 

During 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.

 

The 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 rise.

 

For this reason Wakefield Council is reminding families they can get help and advice as services are open and ready and willing to help them.

Cllr Margaret Isherwood
Cllr Margaret Isherwood

Social 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 offer support.

 

It 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.

 

Issues that could affect young people include domestic abuse, neglect, exploitation, physical, sexual, psychological, or financial abuse, alcohol or drug misuse, or mental health issues.

 

Councillor 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.

 

“Anyone who believes child or young person is being harmed, or a risk of harm, must act, and must report their concerns.”

 

Signs 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 glass etc.

·         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.

 

 

Anyone concerned about a child or young person should call 03458 503503.

 

For more information visit www.wakefieldscp.org.uk.