Safeguarding and COVID-19

Safeguarding risks may increase during isolation for vulnerable children and adults.  Children may spend more time online making them more vulnerable to online bullying, sexual grooming, abuse and exploitation.  High-stress home environments increase the risk of domestic violence & abuse.  Some people try to take advantage of others through scamming or financial abuse. 

COVID-19 Resources for children, adults and professionals


Safeguarding is everybody’s business; we all have a role in spotting when things aren’t right.

  • Abuse and Neglect are likely to increase due to increased isolation and stress;
  • Professionals have less opportunities to identify abuse so individuals and communities can help by being aware of potential indicators of abuse;
  • Be aware of signs that someone may be suffering abuse and please report it / discuss it with someone;
  • Services that can help are still operating and will work with the individual to help keep them safe.

Make yourself heard

  • Dial 999
  • Listen to the questions from the operator
  • Respond by coughing or tapping the handset
  • If prompted press 55 to let the operator know that it is an emergency

Keeping safe from scammers

  • Don’t be rushed into making a decision, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is. 
  • Only buy things from a reputable outlet and think before you give out money or your personal information.
  • Don’t assume everyone is genuine.  It’s OK to reject, refuse or ignore any requests.  Only criminals will try to rush or panic you. 
  • If someone claims to be from a charity, ask them for ID.  Be suspicious of requests for money up front. 
  • Check with family and friends before accepting offer of help if you are unsure. 
  • You can contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Concerned about someone you know?

  • For concerns about adults call 01422 393000;
  • For concerns about a child or young person call 01422 393336;
  • On evenings or weekends the out of hours number for both is 01422 288000
  • To report a crime call 101 or in an emergency call 999.

If you have access to the internet, you can visit for more information.