As we do our best to navigate these extraordinary times, we must all ensure that children and young people in our communities are protected from harm.
Whilst schools are closed to most students and other community-based services are suspended, children will be more isolated, exposed and distanced from vital support networks.
School provides a refuge for many children and the government has recognised this. However, it’s crucial that no child at risk of abuse or neglect falls through the gaps.
While the necessary measures for schools, NHS, police and local authorities are implemented to adapt the way they safeguard children, we must remember we all have a role to play.
Our Childline service has already counselled hundreds of children and young people confused and apprehensive about what Coronavirus means for them. It’s crucial we all do what we can to alleviate their fears and concerns and keep children at risk safe.
We all have a responsibility to check in with families and reach out for support and advice if we have any concerns about the welfare of a child.
Sharon Copsey, NSPCC
Regional Service Manager for the South West of England