Multiagency safeguarding arrangements during and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic: Identifying shared learning

Jenny Driscoll, Ann Lorek, Aisha Hutchinson, Katrina Kiss, Christopher Stride

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Abstract

Measures to combat transmission of the coronavirus presented unprecedented challenges for safeguarding and child protection practice, including through withdrawal of routine opportunities to observe and engage with children and families and disruption of systems for inter-agency communication and coordination. This article reports on a two-stage study designed to identify shared learning from adaptations to professional practice in response to the measures. Interviews with 67 London-based senior safeguarding leads from seven professional groups undertaken during the summer of 2020 informed an England-wide survey to similar groups in February–March 2021. SPSS was used to analyse 417 responses, which were supplemented by answers to open questions. Findings are reported using the six practice themes which the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel expects to inform shared learning to improve safeguarding at national and local levels. The study revealed the formidable barriers facing professionals in understanding the changing environments in which children were living and in identifying and assessing new or altered risks due to the pandemic; steps taken to respond to changing risks and to keep in touch and re-engage families; strategies to support critical thinking and challenge among professionals working under unprecedented pressure; and opportunities for enhanced multiagency working and inter-agency collaboration.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere2774
JournalChild Abuse Review
Volume31
Issue number5
Early online date15 Jun 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sept 2022

Keywords

  • child protection
  • child safeguarding practice review panel
  • Covid-19 pandemic
  • multiagency collaboration

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