While we are all concerned about Coronavirus, we need to remember to be concerned also for children living with domestic violence during this lockdown.
The NSPCC has issued the following statement about protecting children living in homes where they experience domestic abuse.
Emily Hilton, Senior Policy and Public Affairs Officer at the NSPCC said:
“Hundreds of thousands of children are currently living in homes where they experience domestic abuse. It is a major concern that whilst schools are closed to 90% of pupils and other community-based services are suspended, many children and adults will be more isolated, exposed and distanced from vital support networks and at risk of abuse.
“The Government has acknowledged that measures need to be taken to keep vulnerable children safe during this national emergency by keeping them in school. Yet it was disappointing that the Home Office failed to include children in their domestic abuse COVID-19 Guidance published yesterday. As local areas adapt to the new challenges they are facing there must be resources available to them to ensure that professionals feel well-equipped to spot the signs of domestic abuse and swiftly take appropriate action.
“We can all play our part in this as well by checking in with families however we can and reaching out for support and advice from local authorities or the NSPCC Helpline if we have any concerns for a child’s wellbeing.”
Any adult concerned about the welfare of a child or young person can call the NSPCC helpline for free and confidential advice on 0808 800 5000 or visit nspcc.org.uk