The HSCP Three Statutory Partners and the Independent Chair's message regarding Covid-19 response
We, at Haringey Safeguarding Children’s Partnership are committed to providing a safe work environment and ensuring the continuity of our operations to ensure all children, young people and their families in Haringey are safe even under the most challenging circumstances.
The HSCP recognise that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is putting increased pressure on all our services provided to children, young people and families in Haringey. In this changing landscape, safeguarding continues to be our top priority. However, we recognise that we will all have to consider ways of doing things differently.
Government guidance may change over the coming days and weeks so please make sure you are kept informed and up to date with any new advice or guidance being produced, and adjust your ways of working as appropriate. We will update you as more information is made available. Guidance is available on Gov.UK. Please go to the Coronavirus pages. A key document is Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on vulnerable children and young people available on: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people.
As practitioners we need to consider how we can maintain appropriate contact with the children, young people and families we work with, provide support at this difficult time as well as maintain business as usual as much as possible. Please note that there is no change to statute, and we are required to maintain our safeguarding standards.
Please also follow your own agency's contingency plans for providing services to children, young people and families.
In response to Government guidelines and partner’s business continuity planning, the HSCP is moving to either ‘virtual’ meetings, or the cancellation of non-essential meetings and training, over the forthcoming months. We will review the situation in due course and decide if any further postponement of meetings or training is required. Individual meeting members will be advised of either the cancellation, or format change, of their meeting. On 24th March 2020 we held the HSCP Leadership group meeting via Microsoft teams and it worked well.
During this time, communication is critical to keeping children safe. Please continue to communicate clearly with your partners across agencies, and to have discussions about the children you work with.
The next few months may present new challenges to our Partnership, which we know will be handled in a professional and efficient manner by all. However we would ask all agencies to be vigilant in recognising and responding to potential additional safeguarding demands arising from the pandemic. The HSCP will continue to focus on the risks associated with the current changes and raising awareness of those risks. We are keen to reaffirm our support to frontline services and schools and if there are any areas in which we can help make a difference or address communication blockages, please do get in touch.
If you would like any additional information or have any questions please email us.
David Archibald (Independent Chair) Ann Graham (Director of Children’s Services)
Tony Hoolaghan, (CCG Managing Director) Tony Kelly (Detective Superintendent)