Helping to keep children and young people safe in Derby and Derbyshire
Key changes put in place across Derby and Derbyshire to keep children and young people safe during the Coronavirus (Covid19) pandemic
This briefing document provides updated guidance for practitioners and managers from all agencies about in line with current national guidance and the Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Procedures. Implementation date: 21/04/2020 (Updated)
This briefing document provides updated guidance for practitioners and managers from all agencies about in line with current national guidance and the Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Procedures. Implementation date: 21/04/2020
The guidance provides advice to social workers, police and paediatricians for undertaking during the current pandemic, whilst social distancing measures are in place. The aim is to ensure the safety of children, whilst minimising face to face contact. Implementaiton date: 06/04/2020
Mental health support is now available for children and adults who live in Derby and Derbyshire through a new mental health support line
Call 0300 790 0596 between the hours of 9am and midnight, seven days a week
The mental health support line is for anyone experiencing increased mental health needs during the Coronavirus (Covid 19) pandemic.
For further information about the Derbyshire early help offer please see .
Early Help Teams are currently supporting our Children’s Social Care colleagues in the city to ensure our most vulnerable children and young people are kept safe.
In order to do this have paused the Team around the Family (TAF) process and are managing our early help caseloads loads by telephone. Face to Face contact with families will only be to manage a crisis. All 16 and 17 year old young people in supported accommodation will receive weekly telephone contact as visits as necessary.
The priority is to support new Children in Need (section 17) and Integrated Disabled Children’s Services (IDCS) short break service.
Early help assessments are considered at Vulnerable Children Meetings (VCM) which will be virtual. All families will receive some contact.
All Children reported Missing will be managed according to the Missing Protocol (see document library, protocols section), in most cases via telephone return interviews, those missing over 72 hours will be subject to a Virtual Strategy Discussion following current processes.
Victims of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation are potentially on lockdown with their abusers. Safeguarding has never been as important as it is during this crisis. has been produced by the National Police Chief's Council and the Children's Society along with a to help you.
Update on multi-agency arrangements for Children at risk of exploitation and children missing from home or care in Derbyshire during the COVID-19 outbreak see
Update on multi-agency arrangements for children in Derby and Derbyshire on how to contact sexual health services see Sexual and reproductive health support for vulnerable individuals and communities during COVID-19
For information about changes to Probation Services see Probation Services Exceptional Delivery Covid 19 Plan
Updates to Multi-Agency arrangements under Covid 19 sets out more detailed explanations of the changes to how we are working and include the following topics