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Safeguarding in faith-based organisations during the COVID-19 crisis

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) have produced a quick guide for faith-based organisations describing some of the main issues around safeguarding during the COVID-19 crisis.

Faith-based organisations and communities play a core role in the spiritual and social care of individuals, and are a vital social network and source of guidance and support during the COVID-19 outbreak. Organisations and their leaders are often well recognised and trusted within communities and their networks, including those who are, or may be, vulnerable.

Faith-based organisations also play an important role in ensuring that those who seek spiritual support and worship are safeguarded from harm. During the current outbreak, there have been significant changes to the ways that faith groups engage with their communities, and this poses additional challenges to adapt safeguarding practices to meet their needs.

This quick guide outlines some of the implications of this new climate on safeguarding, and looks at what can be done to continue to serve the needs of communities and protect them from harm. This briefing is part of the Safeguarding Training Fund; funded by the National Lottery and DCMS.