Calls to the NSPCC Helpline about domestic abuse are on the increase, highlighting that many children are unfortunately living with violent and controlling behaviour during this crisis.
The risk of abuse will be intensified due to lockdown rules as parents and children lose important sources of support and feel they have less opportunities to reach out for help.
Domestic abuse is a largely hidden crime and it is vital that key workers who continue to have contact with families, from delivery drivers to retail staff, are supported with the necessary guidance about spotting signs of abuse and know where to raise concerns.
We all need to be aware of children in our communities who may be trapped in abusive homes and be ready to reach out to the NSPCC or the authorities if we are concerned for their safety or wellbeing.
Anyone with any concerns about the welfare of a child can contact the NSPCC’s free and confidential helpline on 0808 800 5000 or visit nspcc.org.uk for advice.
NSPCC Head of Service
South West of England