Figuring out how to engage children and youth under current distancing constraints of COVID-19 can be challenging. Tip Sheet 1 suggests 10 virtual activities that can be used by anyone involved in the life of a child or youth to nurture relationships with them, help them with stress relief, and uplift them.
With shelter-at-home policies in place, it can be challenging or impossible for child welfare staff to have safe, private contact with family members to talk about possible domestic violence and child abuse. Tip Sheet 2 includes tips and suggestions for engaging new partners to learn about a family’s strengths, what resources are available to them, and information about risk and stressors.
Investigating suspected child abuse and neglect when there are concerns about domestic violence requires special attention under normal circumstances. Under the COVID-19 crisis, more preparation and extra precautions are necessary. The suggestions in Tip Sheet 3 can help child welfare first responders promote safety and minimize negative and traumatic impacts on child and adult survivors of DV while completing factfinding and risk assessment.
Engagement with children and families dramatically changed under necessary COVID-19 related constraints. Tip Sheet 4 provides valuable lessons learned about addressing safety and well-being during the height of the pandemic.