Cheshire East
Safeguarding Adults Board

Covid-19 advice (Coronavirus)

Safeguarding adults advice during Covid-19

During the current Coronavirus outbreak we want to help keep adults at risk safe from abuse, and up to date by sharing information and highlighting scams which are using the current situation as part of their approach.

Things to be aware of

  • British Red Cross have been made aware of people going door to door, claiming to be from them, cold calling at the properties of elderly and vulnerable people offering to do shopping. They are then asking for money to pay for the items but if money is given they are leaving the property and not returning 
  • British Red Cross has stated: All British Red Cross staff and volunteers have clear and recognisable ID and uniforms. If you are doorstep cold called by someone claiming to be from British Red Cross and they do not have ID we advise you close the door immediately They have also been made aware that the British Red Cross name and logo is being to brand postcards offering help and assistance
  • British Red Cross has stated: ‘British Red Cross are not using a postcard system currently in connection to Covid19 and any distribution of these cards locally needs to be reported to the authorities immediately’
  • There have been reports from colleagues in other parts of the country of doorstep callers claiming to be working for the NHS, stating that they are able to provide a Covid-19 vaccine. Alongside this there have been reports of people cold calling attempting to charge to attend properties to deliver Coronavirus testing kits.

We would advise that any unexpected contact taking this approach is not genuine.To report doorstep cold callers in Cheshire East please visit our Trading Standards pages If you feel intimidated or see doorstep cold callers and are concerned for vulnerable neighbours call 101, or in the case of an emergency 999

More information for public and professionals

Domestic abuse and Covid-19 

 PPE Guidance for Care Staff

Training resources

Social Brokerage Service – People Helping People

Cheshire East Council have now launched a Social Brokerage Service – People Helping People. This is a platform for people and services to offer their help and for those who are most vulnerable to request help. The service will then match offer with request.

This service will be revised on a regular basis to keep up with need and updated government legislation.