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Safeguarding during COVID-19

March 20th 2020
Sophie Meering

The NSPCC Childline has issued the following message.

Since schools and education settings have been closed, referrals to children’s social services have fallen dramatically. With millions of children remaining at home, there is a hidden group of children potentially at risk of abuse or neglect who are having much less interaction with statutory services.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everyone’s lives – and this has brought a whole new area of concerns about children. The NSPCC have already seen a range of new queries come in to the helpline, ranging from worries about domestic abuse, through to parents needing support with their children’s mental health and behaviour.

To help protect these children, the NSPCC is receiving £1.6 million of government funding to expand and promote the helpline. The NSPCC are still here for children, and this service is open every day with free support for anyone who’s worried about a child – over the phone, via email or through their online form.

Overarching messaging:

 

  • The NSPCC are still here for children, and still here to support you. If you’re worried about a child, or need advice and support, talk to the helpline.
  • Whether you want support and advice for adapting to family life in lockdown, or you’re worried about a child, the NSPCC are here to help.
  • The coronavirus has brought so many changes to our lives. But some things never change – we’re still here for children and still here to support you.

Concerns about another child

 

  • Home isn’t a safe place for every child. If you’re worried, talk to the NSPCC. The helpline is free, and you don’t have to say who you are.
  • With schools closed and children spending more time at home, you might have spotted something that’s worrying you. Talk to the NSPCC – they can help. It’s free and you don’t have to say who you are.
  • If you’re worried about a child, contact the NSPCC. They’re still here for children and still here for you. The helpline is open 7 days a week.

Advice and support for my child

 

  • Whether you’re juggling childcare with working from home, or your children are feeling anxious about the coronavirus, the NSPCC have got tips and advice for you.
  • Visit the NSPCC coronavirus hub for information and advice to support you and your children.

We are encouraging our clubs to use their links and methods of communicating with children and young people to promote the Childline.

Childline (UK) www.childline.org.uk Tel: 0800 11 11

NSPCC Helpline:

0808 800 5000 (8am-10pm Mon-Fri/9am-6pm weekends or email help@nspcc.org.uk anytime.

 

Continue reading for more information about the NSPCC’s work and Archery GB’s safeguarding guidance during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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