Protecting Vulnerable Communities Stakeholder Newsletter – 11 December 2020

Government news and campaigns

Test and Trace self-isolation period

The UK Chief Medical Officers have announced today that the self-isolation period will be reduced to 10 days from Monday 14th December. This change will apply in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The 10-day period of isolation already applies in Wales.

This means that those who come in to contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, and those who return from countries which are not on the travel corridor list, should self-isolate for 10 days instead of 14 days.

People who test positive should continue to self-isolate for 10 days from onset of symptoms or 10 days from point of taking a positive test if asymptomatic.

Test and Trace Support Payments are available to people told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace and meet the eligibility criteria. Please see the attached guide for more information.

Violence Against Women and Girls: call for evidence

The Home Office has launched a call for evidence which is seeking to collect views on crimes considered as violence against women and girls (VAWG). The consultation will run for a period of 10 weeks, until the 19th February.

In addition to those with lived experiences of these issues, we are seeking the views of those who have expertise working with victims and survivors, are involved in preventative activity or providing services, and academics. This includes relevant professionals, such as those working in social care, education, law enforcement, local government, public health and healthcare.

You can participate in the call for evidence by completing the public survey. The link to the survey is accessible only through VAWG call for evidence GOV.UK page.

Further information on how to provide a written submission is available through the following link VAWG strategy 2021-2024: call for evidence.


‘Somethings Not Right’, #YouAreNotAlone and Community Safeguarding campaign materials

The Home Office is currently running a number of campaigns in response to the coronavirus pandemic. We would like to remind you of the following campaigns, information and resources;

  • ‘Something’s Not Right’ aims to help secondary school children in England who suffered a range of harms, such as sexual and physical abuse, during lockdown. More information is available on the campaign web page and in the attached supporters pack. All campaign materials are available to download from the campaign portal.
  • #YouAreNotAlone aims to raise awareness and signpost to information and support available for victims, family/friends and perpetrators of domestic abuse. On GOV.UK there is full guidance and easy read guidance on getting help for Domestic Abuse during the coronavirus pandemic. An employer pack and translated campaign assets are available to download. There is more information in the partner pack attached.
  • The Community Safeguarding Leaflet contains information and guidance for those who are still operating in communities and may not be trained to recognise the signs of abuse or neglect. The guidance covers signs to spot and what to do if there is a concern. You can view the Community Safeguarding Leaflet here.

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