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17th Apr 2020
Children and young people are normally seen by lots of different adults every day, like neighbours, grandparents and teachers. But due to coronavirus (COVID-19) we're self-isolating, social distancing and spending much more time at home.
This means some families might need extra support with parenting. And if a child is experiencing abuse, there aren't as many opportunities for adults to spot the signs and help.
We know isolation can put some children at a greater risk of domestic abuse, neglect, physical abuse, emotional abuse and sexual abuse.
Efforts are being made to keep school places open for vulnerable children. But It's everyone's responsibility to keep children safe, spot the signs of abuse and report concerns. We all need to play our part by checking in with families and reaching out for support and advice if we have any concerns.
Keeping children safe from abuse
For advice to help you spot the signs of abuse and what to do if you're worried about a child.
Call the NSPCC helpline
If you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, contact our professional counsellors for help, advice and support.
Call 0808 800 5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
18 or under? ChildLine offers free, confidential advice and support whatever your worry, whenever you need help - www.childline.org.uk
Update from Childline
Because of the coronavirus, Childline had to make some changes to how Childline works. For now, you can only speak to a Childline counsellor online or on the phone from 9am – midnight.
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