Safeguarding adults during COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Information & Advice during the Coronavirus Outbreak
For general information during the Coronavirus outbreak please refer to the UK Government advice:
Mental Capacity Act & DOLS Covid 19 Guidance
During the outbreak, the principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) and the safeguards provided by the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) still apply. The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards provide further safeguards for those who need to be deprived of their liberty in order to receive care or treatment in a care home or hospital, but do not have the capacity to consent to those arrangements.
This guidance is only valid during the COVID-19 pandemic and applies to those caring for adults who lack the relevant mental capacity to consent to their care and treatment. The guidance applies until withdrawn by the Department. During the pandemic, the principles of the MCA and the safeguards provided by DoLS still apply.
MCA DOLS Covid Guidance
Annex B DOLS Urgent Authorisation Form
Decision-making flowchart for hospitals and care homes
Health Clinicians & NHS Managers
Information and advice for Health Clinicians and NHS managers during the Coronavirus outbreak is provided by NHS England, who have dedicated Coronavirus information and advice for primary care, secondary care, and community, social care and ambulance services.
If you are a member of the public looking for local health advice, visit:
Support for victims of domestic abuse
Please visit the link below regarding the national guidance for domestic abuse support at this current time:
- Coronavirus – support for victims of domestic abuse
- Children’s Safeguarding Partnership
- Community Safety Partnership
The National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team
The National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team has produced some helpful materials to help promote awareness around coronavirus (COVID-19) scams at this difficult time. The team has released a press release around criminals exploiting fears about coronavirus to prey on members of the public, particularly older and vulnerable people who are isolated from family and friends.
Wash your hands of coronavirus scams! Read it. Share it. Prevent it.
Coronavirus - Social Media Pack
Additional resources for partner agencies
Please Don't Spread It - poster
You Must Stay at Home - poster