Protecting Vulnerable Communities Stakeholder Newsletter – 27 November 2020

Government news and campaigns

Local Restriction Tiers

The government will replace current national restrictions on Wednesday 2nd December with a regionally differentiated approach, where different tiers of restrictions apply in different parts of the country. You can check the coronavirus restrictions in your local area and see the full list of local restriction tiers.

These tiers will be strengthened compared to the previous tiers in order to prevent a return to growing infections. What you can and cannot do in each tier is explained in guidance on GOV.UK.

 

Restrictions over the Christmas period

The government is changing some social contact restrictions for a short period of time over the Christmas period. Between 23 and 27 December:

  • you can form an exclusive ‘Christmas bubble’ composed of people from no more than three households
  • you can travel between tiers and UK nations for the purposes of meeting your Christmas bubble
  • you can only meet your Christmas bubble in private homes or in your garden, places of worship, or public outdoor spaces
  • you can continue to meet people who are not in your Christmas bubble outside your home according to the rules in the tier where you are staying

Full guidance can be found on GOV.UK: Making a Christmas bubble with friends and family.

 

‘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/domestic-abuse. The campaign assets include the Employer pack and translated campaign assets, and guidance in Easy Read format can be found the GOV.UK page. 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.

Stakeholder news and campaigns

Online Performances Guidance

South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL), part of the UK Safer Internet Centre, has produced safeguarding guidance for schools and other organisations to consider when hosting virtual performances over the festive season.

If organisations decide to use audio and video for a live or pre-recorded performance, the SWGfL’s guidance and checklist can be used to help safeguard staff and children.

 

EIDA Network Meeting

The Employers’ Initiative of Domestic Abuse (EIDA) held their Quarterly Network Meeting on the 26th November which included the launch of their Beacons Programme, in which businesses pledge to show leadership to help employers with Domestic Abuse issues and encourage other businesses to do so. The event also included advice for employers from EIDA and survivors on setting up a Domestic Abuse support programme for employees.

A recording of the event and delegate pack can be accessed on the EIDA website.

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