Protecting vulnerable communities stakeholder update, 25 June 2020

Government news and campaigns   

Lockdown easing announced

On Tuesday the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced that a number of businesses and venues in England can reopen from Saturday 4th July if they are COVID-19 secure. These include: 

  • Hotels, B&Bs, holiday homes and campsites
  • Restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars
  • Cinemas, museums and galleries
  • Hair salons and barbers
  • Libraries and community centres
  • Places of worship
  • Outdoor playgrounds and gyms
  • Funfairs, theme parks and amusement arcades

The safe social distance is 1m plus and mitigation for situations where 2m is not possible. There is more information available in this press release.

Please continue to refer to GOV.UK/coronavirus for the latest information on the situation in the UK and our response.

GOV.UK page for parents and carers

The Home Office has worked with other government departments and stakeholders to produce a new GOV.UK page that collates the support available to parents and carers to help keep children safe during COVID-19.

The page contains guidance on a range of harms, including online and offline child sexual abuse, domestic abuse, youth violence and county lines. 

The Home Office has tweeted about the new guidance page and we would be very grateful if you were able to share on your channels. 

We have provided some draft copy below but please feel free to adapt or use your own copy:

On Twitter: 

It’s vital that children #StaySafe and are protected from harm. New guidance for parents and carers about the increased risks to children during the #coronavirus pandemic is available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safe-from-abuse-and-harm/advice-to-parents-and-carers-on-keeping-children-safe-from-abuse-and-harm

On Instagram Stories: 

It’s vital that children #StaySafe and are protected from harm. New guidance for parents and carers about the increased risks to children during the #coronavirus pandemic is available. Swipe up to find out more. [https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safe-from-abuse-and-harm/advice-to-parents-and-carers-on-keeping-children-safe-from-abuse-and-harm] 

Major overhaul of family courts to protect domestic abuse victims

Survivors of domestic abuse and their children will receive greater protections after the government today (25 June) announced an overhaul of how the family courts deal with this crime. 

More information about the key changes can be found in the press notice. Please contact the MOJ external affairs team directly if you have any questions. 

Stakeholder news and campaigns 

SafeToNet

The SafeToNet Foundation is providing one million free-for-life licenses of the SafeToNet mobile safety app for UK families in order to help keep the nation’s children safe online.

The app uses artificial intelligence to safeguard children as they use their mobile device, while protecting privacy, by detecting threats such as bullying and sexting as they happen.

Parents and carers can register their details through the GOV.UK online safety page before 1 August, and they must activate the app before the end of August.

Further details can be found on the SafeToNet website.

Surviving Economic Abuse survey

Surviving Economic Abuse has launched a survey for victims / survivors and front-line professionals who work with them to explore the experiences and needs of those actively experiencing economic abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This will inform recommendations for policy and practice to meet the needs of victim/survivors and support their economic resilience. The survey can be found here and will close on Friday 31 July.  

Please share the survey with your professional networks, colleagues and those accessing your services. Please find links to SEA’s tweets and Facebook post. If you are interested in receiving the findings, or have questions on the survey, please contact the SEA (Holly Cameron) directly.

Suzy Lamplugh Trust stalking online tool

Following the launch of the London Stalking Support Service at the beginning of 2020, the Suzy Lamplugh Trust has launched a new online platform for victims of stalking to access support.

This details services available across London by borough. Over the course of 2020, the tool will be developed to incorporate more detail on local services across the UK and will be available in multiple languages to ensure language is not a barrier to access stalking support.

Galop survey now live  

Galop has launched an online survey to understand how LGBT+ people’s relationships have been affected by the Covid-19 lockdown measures and to ensure they are included and represented. The results will shape support that is being provided and will help identify future support priorities.  

The survey is open to anyone who identifies as LGBT+ and is 16 and above. The deadline to complete is 1 July, 2020, and the survey can be accessed here. There are also links to share the survey on Twitter and Facebook.

Please circulate this survey among your professional networks, colleagues and service users.   

If you have any questions regarding this survey or would like to provide any feedback, please email the Galop team.