Child and Adult protection work will continue to be a priority for NHS Shetland.
This is a time when Children and Vulnerable Adults will be at greater risk due to the impacts of Early Learning, Childcare, School, Community support and business closures.
Family confinement and isolation alongside physical and psychological health impacts could be a trigger for abuse and neglect.
High stress home environment will increase the likelihood of domestic abuse.
The pandemic may be used by individuals or groups as an opportunity for criminal or sexual exploitation of children and Vulnerable Adults.
The ongoing support of a named person or first point of contact will be significant in supporting families and identifying risk, especially if the customary named person is not available.
For all children who are seen in A&E and are on Child Protection Register or Looked After Children and are told to self isolate, the relevant Social Worker will be informed of this situation by the Nurse Advisor Child and Adult Protection or appropriate staff member if out of hours. This will ensure our multi agency colleagues are aware of situation that vulnerable children are in.
Child and Adult Protection referrals will be submitted and processed as normal.
Information sharing protocols will not change. Health background information will continue to be required when requested.
We are still living in uncertain times, and we know there will be some mixed feelings about the return to school over this next couple of weeks - a huge thank you to all parents, families, teachers, schools and school services for getting us through this difficult year.
Now that lockdown is easing and more people are moving around we want to make sure anyone coming in to Shetland is sticking to the guidance to the same high standard as the rest of the Shetland community - big thanks to Northlink and Loganair for their help in getting this message to passengers, starting in this next few days.