Ofsted: Coronavirus (COVID-19) rolling update

March 5, 2021

Ofsted's guidance for schools, early years, children's social care and further education and skills providers has been updated. See here for all updates

Addressing the "baby blind spot" in the Domestic Abuse Bill

March 2, 2021

TASP have supported For Baby's Sake Trust, the Institute of Health Visiting and the first 1001 Days Movement, by joining them as signatory to a letter to Baroness Williams of Trafford urging the Government to consider the gaps in the Domestic Abuse bill, specifically to babies and their parents. A copy of the letter can be downloaded below.

County Lines Exploitation

March, 2021

Public Health England have provided "All our Health" guidance covering a wide range of Health Topics, including "County Lines". This covers the health and wider impacts of County Lines exploitation. The Guidance can be found here.

If you think it, report it!

June 6th, 2020

The DfE's campaign to tackle child abuse continues with the publication of a useful leaflet. Many Safeguarding Partnerships are promoting this on their own websites and on twitter. If you haven't seen it, you can download it below. You can also visit the website

Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health - Impact of COVID-19 on child health services tool

RCPCH have put together “Workforce Team", a data collection and reporting tool to support child health services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Representatives, such as the paediatric clinical lead, are being asked to respond on behalf of their Trust or Health Board on a weekly basis on changes in child health services to help them anticipate, plan, and adapt to challenges.
Click here to gain access to further information on this. 

Local area profiles of child vulnerability during Covid19

25th April, 2020

The Children’s Commissioner has made available local area profiles of vulnerability to support the current efforts to ensure that we reach out to vulnerable children and young people during the present crisis. This will also be helpful for Local Safeguarding Partners and Partnerships.

TASP publishes Independent Scrutiny Report

January, 2021

TASP published its report on Independent Scrutiny, summarising the reflections of safeguarding children practitioners from Local Safeguarding Partnerships, health, police and children's services on their local arrangements. Following an eight-week online discussion, TASP undertook a thematic analysis of the comments, identifying themes, sorting the data and revealing the trends. This allowed for some observations and futher questions to be raised and points to the need for further exploration; all with the aim of enhancing the safeguarding of children. The report can be downloaded below.

Keeping Children Safe During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The NCA (National Crime Agency) and CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) are redoubling their efforts to promote online safety messages to parents, carers and teachers and have launched a new Online Safety at Home campaign, which hosts informative, education products for children of all ages that can be easily incorporated into home schooling.

The online world is a vital space for children at the moment, as they try to keep up with school work and maintain relationships with their peers. However, the internet can be a dangerous place for children if they are not educated on how to use it sensibly and safely. And with children spending more time in their bedrooms and parents trying to work at home, there is the chance that young people could fall victim to exploitation and bullying, which is where the new campaign can help.
It’s also highly likely that child abuse offenders are spending more time online due to the lock down, in greater numbers, and research carried out by The Lucy Faithfull Foundation and and the Research, Information and Communications Unit suggests that offenders are more likely to relapse during this period. 
To access further information, click below:

Online Safety at Home
The Lucy Faithfull Foundation
NCA National Crime Agency
CEOP Child Exploitation & Online Protection

Extra Funding Available

24th April, 2020

Vicky Ford MP & the DfE announce extra funding is made available to keep children at risk of neglect or abuse safe during the Coronavirus outbreak.

DfE  Coronavirus: Hidden Harms

The government announced a new "codeword" scheme for domestic abuse victims, which will allow people in urgent or immediate danger to get help from shop workers by using a specific phrase that staff will be trained to identify.

The new scheme, which has been championed by the Victims’ Commissioner, Domestic Abuse Commissioner and crisis support charities such as SafeLives and Hestia, was discussed at the Hidden Harms Virtual Summit on 21st May 2020, hosted by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.

Press Release and Summit Factsheet

DfE publishes Coronavirus Guidance for education providers

7th April, 2020

DfE has publised Guidance for schools and colleges to support them keeping children safe, including online, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. You can read the guidance here.

Concerns for the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk escalate during Covid-19

The National Crime Agency (NCA) have reported a priority threat of at least 300,000 people in the UK posing a sexual threat to children.

Childline has seen unprecedented demand for its services with over 900 counselling sessions taking place since the start of the pandemic and 63% of these occuring in the last 7 days.

Refuges reported on 6th April, 25% increase in calls to National Domestic Abuse Helpline since lockdown measures began with a 150% increase in hits to the national domestic abuse website

DfE publishes guidance for Local Authorities on Social Care during Covid-19

3rd April, 2020

Changes to children’s social care regulations in response to Covid-19.  The Department of Education announced temporary changes to 10 sets of arrangements to children’s social care regulations. The guidance can be found here.  Some controversy has arisen since publication. Criticised for "unlawfulness" & "destroying safeguards"  in CommunityCare.  Safeguarding Partners and Partnerships will probably want to ensure there is a careful and open consideration of the local response to this.