Safeguarding campaign launched with support information:
The Government and the Safeguarding Partnership Board have re-launched the “Eyes and Ears” campaign to focus on safeguarding concerns and signposting where Islanders can access support in order to keep children, adults and families safe during the increased COVID-19 winter restrictions.
There is a concern that vulnerable children and adults will be at greater risk over the festive period, as invisibility increases vulnerability.
In addition to the well-known stresses and strains that some families and individuals experience over Christmas and New Year, the greater restrictions due to COVID-19 could also trigger increased pressures and anxiety within the home environment, heightening the levels of risk to those who can be the subject of abuse.
The joint initiative brings together the Departments for Children, Young People Education and Skills and Justice and Home Affairs, Safeguarding Partnership, the States of Jersey Police, and Family Nursing and Home Care to encourage Islanders to work together to keep everyone at heightened risk safe and in sight.
The Children and Families Hub has now been in operation for over six months, and during that time has responded to over 1,600 calls, emails and requests from children, young people and families, members of the public and professionals. The Hub continues to develop in response to the changing picture of need in Jersey.
The Youth Enquiry Service (YES) has also helped to support hundreds of young people throughout the year, with free counselling support and advice.
Director General of Children, Young People, Education and Skills, Mark Rogers, said: "Everyone involved in promoting the welfare, protection and care of the vulnerable – children and adults alike – has worked extremely hard in the face of unprecedented challenges to support the most vulnerable throughout the year.
"As we go through another tough period in the lead up to Christmas it is especially important that those most vulnerable continue to receive the services and support they need.
"It is vitally important that we all work together as a community to continue to safeguard children, young people and their families, especially at this time of year.”
Members of the public who are concerned for the welfare of an individual should report their concerns to the following services:
- Children and Families Hub: Call: 519000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Youth Enquiry Service YES project : Free helpline +44 (0) 800 7350010, or email the email@example.com
- Kooth: A free, safe and anonymous online counselling and support for children and young people aged 13 – 25.
- Adult Safeguarding - Single Point of Referral (SPOR): Call: 444440 or email SPOR@health.gov
- Mental Health Community Team: Call: 443250 or email JAMHSReferralPathway@health.gov.je
- Connect Me has a range of information, help and support for Islanders
- Family Nursing and Home Care
- Or, in an emergency call 999