Covid-19 Children’s Safeguarding & Social Care services from 23rd March 2020
Due to the current unprecedented situation Children’s Safeguarding & Social Care will be running differently.
MASH will operate a S47 child protection service and Covid 19 related emergencies only. Referrers for children with other levels of need will be informed to re-refer if safeguarding concerns emerge or if concerns remain at the end of the crisis.
Visits to our most vulnerable children and young people will be prioritised and video and voice calls will take place for those in need of a service.
Approximately 25% of social work staff will be office based for the duration of this crisis with others working from home if they are healthy and able to do so. There will be no face to face meetings and initial child protection conferences will not be held but instead a Child Safety plan will be put in place following Strategy discussions where Child protection concerns are discussed.. Review Child Protection Conferences and reviews for children in Greenwich’s care will be virtual with input from agencies via email or telephone. Reports will still need to be submitted and partners have received instruction on how to do this via email.
Communication in this current situation remains key in ensuring we protect children, young people and families and so we ask that partners continue to call and email as usual if they have any concerns about vulnerable children.