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Protecting Children

Since schools and education settings have closed, referrals to children’s social services have fallen dramatically. With 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.
We all have a role to play in protecting vulnerable children, particularly now many are staying at home and may face greater risks.

Whether you are a neighbour or member of the community, we must all be the eyes and ears on the ground for these children to help keep them safe.

Some common signs that there may be something concerning happening in a child’s life include:

  • aggressive or repeated shouting
  • hearing hitting or things being broken
  • children crying for long periods of time
  • very young children left alone or are outdoors by themselves
  • children looking dirty or not changing their clothes
  • children being withdrawn or anxious.

The NSPCC helpline can be reached 24 hours a day by email:

Or through their online reporting form:

By phone, the helpline is available, 8am-10pm Monday to Friday, or 9am-6pm at the weekends:

  • 0808 800 5000

Online Safety

With children and young people home from school and spending increasing amounts of time online, CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection command) have created new materials to support parents during Covid-19.

Each fortnight, new home activity packs are released for children aged 4-14+, with simple 15 minute activities you can do with your child to support their online safety:

www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets/

 

For further advice on Child Protection, please visit:

https://www.south-wales.police.uk/en/advice/child-sexual-exploitation-cse/tips-to-help-you-keep-your-child-safe-from-child-sexual-exploitation-cse/

 

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