Quickly Leave This Website
Partnership - Rhondda Cynon Taf, Merthyr Tydfil & Bridgend

Safeguarding Adults from COVID-19

Safeguarding is about protecting children and adults from abuse or neglect and educating those around them to recognise the signs and dangers. There is a wide range of specific topic areas to support learning and understanding for people in social care work at all levels.

Select this link for further information and training.

To view and take part in the Social Care Institute for Excellence's Safeguarding adults training webinar series, please select this link.

SCIE's COVID-19 hub contains more relevant information including safeguarding, supporting people who are isolated and vulnerable, and infection control. It can be used when supporting and safeguarding adults and children during COVID-19, and can also be shared with community groups.

Statutory Guidance for Adult Social Services during Covid-19

Statutory guidance about the changes made to the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 by the Coronavirus Act 2020 has been made and can be accessed by selecting this link

This guidance sets out how local authorities can use the modifications to the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 (the 2014 Act) created under the Coronavirus Act 2020 (the 2020 Act), to ensure the best possible care for some of the most vulnerable people in our society during this exceptional period. It applies only in relation to adult social care. No similar provision has been made in relation to children’s social care. However, operational guidance has been published. 

Update from Welsh Government (27.04.20)

During the coronavirus outbreak, new arrangements are being put in place for care and for staff from different agencies to work together to support adults at risk of abuse or neglect.

Some practitioners will be working in services or buildings that are new to them and with people they do not know. However, this does not absolve local authorities or relevant partners of their respective statutory duties in respect of safeguarding.

It is crucial that everyone working with adults at risk of abuse or neglect has clear information about how to report a safeguarding concern. We have prepared information for practitioners on how to respond to a safeguarding concern.

Safeguarding is a critical area of business for Social Services and Emergency and Duty teams will remain in operation to receive calls about adults at risk of abuse or neglect.

You can also read further information on line about:

Information sharing to safeguard people

Reporting an adult at risk 

Contact information for the local authority Social Services in Cwm Taf Morgannwg are available via this link.

Additional information is also available from the National Independent Safeguarding Board 

During the Covid-19 crisis, it is particularly important to safeguard adults with care and support needs. This resource gives helpful advice on how to remain vigilant and support others.

Welsh Women's Aid Covid-19 'Bystander' Toolkit

Self-isolation and social distancing may increase violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence and have an impact on survivors’ safety and support networks. Now more than ever, it is vital that we understand violence and abuse and support the needs of survivors.

Welsh Women's Aid has developed a Bystander toolkit, consisting of specific advice and information for concerned neighbours, engaged volunteers and employers, journalists and others to ensure they can sa...fely raise awareness and signpost to support.

Select this link to view the toolkit and download the resources.

Live Fear Free Campaigns

Welsh Government has produced several 'Live Fear Free' campaigns on different types of domestic abuse. Select this link to view these campaigns and download the accompanying resources.  

Supporting adults with learning disabilities/autism

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has produced a guide for care staff supporting adults with learning disabilities or autistic adults through the Covid-19 crisis. 

Mental Capacity Act (MCA) (2005) and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) during the Corovnavirus (Covic-19) Pandemic

The Department of Health and Social Care has produced guidance for hospitals, care homes and supervisory bodies on the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) (2005) and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) during the Corovnavirus (Covic-19) Pandemic. 

This guidance is only valid during the Covid-19 Pandemic and applies to those caring for adults who lack the capacity to consent to their care and treatment.

This guidance can be viewed and downloaded from the 'Related Documents' section at the bottom of this page.  

Care Providers Weekly Bulletin

The Association of Directors of Social Services (ADSS) has created a bulletin which will be produced weekly, on issues around Covid-19 for care providers. They are working jointly with Welsh Government, Care Inspectorate Wales, Social Care Wales, the National Commissioning Board and WLGA to compile and disseminate this bulletin.

This bulletin is available to view and download from the 'Related Documents' section at the bottom of this page or from the ADSS website https://www.adss.cymru/en/blog/post/covid19-update200402

Older People’s Commissioner

The Commissioner’s work is currently focused on monitoring and scrutinising the action being delivered by public bodies to ensure older people are getting the support and services they need to keep them safe and protected. Alongside this, the Commissioner and her team are working to ensure that older people and their families have the information they need to stay safe and well.

Visit the Commissioner’s information hub to find out more about the help and support available from her casework team, and access coronavirus-related information, advice and guidance, including tips for maintaining our physical and mental well-being, from a wide range of organisations.  https://www.olderpeoplewales.com/en/coronavirus.aspx