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.
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 safeguarding.calderdale.gov.uk for more information.