Coronavirus – Safeguarding Adults Information and Updates

During the current Coronavirus outbreak we still need to help keep adults at risk safe from abuse and neglect and share up to date information with the public and professionals. The threat the country is facing from COVID-19 is evolving by the day and is placing the residents of East Sussex in a position of real vulnerability. We are seeing many examples of positive action from communities, with offers of help and support from networks of volunteers and agencies across the public and private sectors.

At the same time a picture is emerging of a number of safeguarding issues and areas of exploitation that are a direct result of the pandemic.  A significant concern of the East Sussex Safeguarding Adults Board (ESSAB) and the East Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership (ESSCP) is that much of this abuse may be hidden, particularly with people living in isolation, perhaps with perpetrators of abuse, and with the additional current issue that professionals are not able to visit clients as frequently.

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) have produced a document outlining Frequently Asked Questions in relation to COVID-19 and Safeguarding Adults.  This is aimed at a wide range of people involved in safeguarding adults, including partner agencies of the ESSAB and covers current safeguarding issues for Safeguarding Adults Boards. 

We ask everyone – the public, volunteers and professionals from all sectors – to be particularly vigilant to identifying and reporting any concerns if you feel that an adult or child is at risk or is experiencing abuse or neglect. If you have a safeguarding concern about an adult, please contact Health and Social Care Connect. If you have concerns about a child, please contact the East Sussex Single Point of Access (SPoA).

Local authorities are continuing to respond to safeguarding concerns and undertake enquiries during the Coronavirus pandemic, and so if you have a concern please report this:

“If you see something, say something”

The ESSAB and ESSCP would like to thank all our partner agencies for their hard and dedicated work in the current challenging circumstances. Click here to read a message from Graham Bartlett, Independent Chair of the ESSAB.

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