Safeguarding children - COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges in effectively safeguarding children and promoting their welfare.
In the current climate of uncertainty, it is now likely there will be a prolonged period where children’s school attendance will be significantly reduced, and many children and young people will continue not having contact with professionals.
The low take-up of the eligible vulnerable cohort of children not attending school reduces support to families.
Children’s social care are conscious that many children will be well looked after by their families, however for some of the UK, lockdown has increased the exposure to risk vulnerabilities and isolation for children and young people.
A number of families are experiencing financial hardship and the service – along with partners – is working towards ensuring access to food and essential supplies does not place children and their families at a further disadvantage.
It is vital that all professionals and members of our wider community are vigilant in supporting the safeguarding of children and young people in Haringey.
Haringey has a multi-agency safeguarding hub called the MASH that works with all partners and the community over the COVID 19 lockdown period to ensure Safeguarding Children is everyone’s business.
The MASH will advise anyone (professionals and members of the public) observing or coming into contact with any concerns about a child. The MASH can be contacted on:
- Tel: 020 8489 4470
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The MASH has a dedicated team working alongside Early Help & Connected Communities to support children and their families with a wide range of support and interventions, including offering food parcels, parenting advice, financial support and access to essential services during the COVID-19 period.
If you are not sure and need to talk to a social worker about a concern, you could also call MASH Consultation line on 0208 489 4430.
EDT (Emergency Duty Team ) can also be contacted during the Easter weekend (Friday- Monday) on 0208 489 0000.