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.
Concerns about another child
Advice and support for my child
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
0808 800 5000 (8am-10pm Mon-Fri/9am-6pm weekends or email email@example.com anytime.