COVID 19 – Information for Volunteers
During the current COVID-19 arrangements, more people will be volunteering and coming across people and situations they have not seen before.
As a volunteer is important you create a safe and welcoming environment, where everyone is respected and valued, this behaviour is at the heart of safeguarding. It is about making sure you play a part in identifying or preventing harm, harassment, bullying, abuse and neglect. It’s also about being ready to respond safely and well if there is a problem.
- Safeguarding a child – a child or young person means anyone under the age of 18 – this means protecting individual children from abuse and maltreatment or preventing harm to children’s health or development
- Safeguarding adults at risk – includes anyone over the age of 18 who is at risk of harm and is in need of support to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.
If you are concerned about a child, young person or adult, then please call Manchester Contact Centre on 0161 234 5001 or in an emergency call 999.
- For more information see our Manchester Volunteers Poster
More information can be found at www.gov.uk/safeguarding-factsheet-community-volunteers-during-covid-19-outbreak – this includes advice for:
- those organising a community volunteer group
- individuals wanting to assist those in their local community.
Updated guidance on keeping children safe online
With the Home Office and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, we have updated advice and guidance to help parents and carers to keep children safe online during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to include new information on apps to help children stay safe online.
The advice and guidance on keeping children safe online can be found here:
Modern slavery identification
Modern slavery is a harmful and hidden crime and its victims may be especially isolated and hidden from view during the coronavirus outbreak.
Victims of modern slavery can be referred into support by designated First Responder organisations such as the police or local authorities. However, during the crisis victims may be coming into contact with other front line services.
The Home Office has produced a flyer which provides information for front line staff that are not First Responders on how to spot the signs of modern slavery; and what to do if they suspect someone may be a victim.
Please share this flyer with any relevant organisations or staff: COVID-19 & Modern Slavery Flyer April 2020
- Find further information on modern slavery and coronavirus on the government website at www.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-victims-of-modern-slavery
- Find out more in our Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking resource