Advice for Professionals

The Out of Sight? Vulnerable Young People Report

The Out of Sight? Vulnerable Young People report highlights the scale of young people’s needs which have increased or been caused by the pandemic, and calls for a clear exit strategy for young people who are likely to be included in the early stages of release from lockdown measures.

The Out of Sight? Vulnerable Young People Report


COVID-19 & Early Intervention: Evidence intervention, challenges and risks relating to virtual and digital delivery


The Covid-19 pandemic has created a global public health crisis that is having and will continue to have a profound impact on every area of life. Many services for children and families will face significant disruption, as a wide range of services – such as parenting classes, home visiting programmes, youth work, counselling services and school-based services – have traditionally been delivered face-to-face.

This report sets out the evidence on virtual and digital delivery of interventions across a range of relevant domains, highlights the challenges and risks associated with remote delivery methods, and provides the findings from an EIF survey asking intervention developers and providers about their response to the Covid-19 crisis. It is intended to support the sector as it rapidly adapts to the constraints on delivery imposed by widespread social distancing and lockdown.

Examples of remotely delivered interventions include one-to-one and group-based therapy or support provided by phone, messaging or videoconferencing, through to self-guided interventions such as online quizzes, apps and games.

COVID-19 & Early Intervention: Evidence intervention, challenges and risks relating to virtual and digital delivery


The Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership hosted two webinars (one for adults, and one for children's) on the subject of 'Safeguarding during COVID-19' for all professionals and organisations. The agendas for both focused on;

  • Safeguarding trends we are seeing in Suffolk
  • Any changes in legislation to note
  • Real life stories - live discussion with professionals in the field trying to keep adults or children safe, looking at what challenges they have faced, and how they continue to safeguard vulnerable people

To watch back the live webinars, please click on the below links:


The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) have released 1 hour long safeguarding adults training webinar series. Access the free webinars by clicking here. 
Topics are: What is Safeguarding? / Making Safeguarding Personal / Information Sharing in Safeguarding / Safeguarding and Human Rights / s42 Enquiries for Providers / Self-Neglect and Safeguarding

Below are some useful links to advice for Professionals to access and use during the lockdown period:

Doctors of the World

Doctors of the World are really pleased to be able to share with you Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for patients in 44 languages, which were produced in partnership with the British Red Cross. Thanks to other partners and individuals for producing high-quality translations, including Migrant Help, Clear Voice, Transbless Translations, Europia and East European Resource Centre.

Access to PREVENT Training from Home during COVID-19

There is now access to online counter terrorism training from home. Counter Terrorism officers are making their internationally renowned, online training for the public easier to access from home. You can access the 45 minute course here.

Roma Support Group – National Charity Covid -19 resources / videos

Videos / resources from national Roma Support Charity.

Interim Guidance on DBS and Other Recruitment Checks

CQC interim guidance on DBS and other recruitment checks, for providers recruiting staff and volunteers to health and social care services in response to coronavirus (COVID-19).


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Children’s specific information


A children's guide to coronavirus

The Children’s Commissioner has created a children’s guide to coronavirus to help explain the situation. The guide aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to say safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home. - Coronavirus (COVID-19): safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers

Covid-19 Guidance on Supporting Vulnerable Children and Young People

This guide sets out how educational settings, Social Workers and Local Authorities should support vulnerable young people during the Coronavirus Outbreak.

Covid-19 Guidance to Support Disabled People

Government guidance that focuses on provision for disabled people through the new Coronavirus Act 2020, the Care Act 2014 and supporting children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEND).


Adults specific information

Department of Health and Social Care – Action Plan for Adult Social Care

The Action Plan for Adult Social Care sets out the governments approach for all settings and contexts in which people receive adult social care. This includes people’s own homes, residential care homes and nursing homes, and other community settings – it applies to people with direct payments and personal budgets, and those who fund their own care. It also supports the response services for the people who rely on technology-enabled care and monitoring services.

Obviously, the entirety of this document is important, but there are some key sections which you may find helpful, which are:

  • Other important duties on Local Authorities remain in place
  • Annex D: Safeguarding Guidance

Care Act easements: guidance for local authorities

Of particular interest are sections 3 and 6.

Please note, Suffolk County Council has a local response published for internal staff taking in to account Gov.UK guidance. This can be accessed via the staff intranet. - Coronavirus (COVID-19): looking after people who lack mental capacity

This emergency guidance is for health and social care staff in England and Wales who are caring for, or treating, a person who lacks the relevant mental capacity during the coronavirus outbreak.

Safeguarding adults during the COVID-19 crisis | Social Care Centre of Excellence

COVID-19: How to work safely in care homes guidance for health professionals (17 April 2020)

COVID-19: guidance on residential care provision (Updated 19 March 2020)

COVID-19: how to work safely in domiciliary care (27 April 2020)

Social distancing, self isolation, and the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) during the COVID-19 pandemic
Guidance produced by Adult and Community Services, Suffolk County Council

Advance care planning and DNACPR COVID
Guidance produced by Adult and Community Services, Suffolk County Council

Care providers: COVID and safeguarding
Guidance produced by Adult and Community Services, Suffolk County Council

DHSC Emergency MCA/DoLS guidance - Summary of Key points
Updated 29 May 2020

DHSC Emergency MCA/DoLS guidance - Best Interest Decisions

Key Principles for Intimate Clinical Assessments Undertaken Remotely in Response to Covid-19’

Below are some useful links to advice for Professionals to Support Practice During Covid-19