We must not forget the impact that domestic abuse has on children and young people.
Living in a home where domestic abuse happens can have serious long-term effects on a child or young person’s mental and physical wellbeing, as well as their behaviour.
With many children off school during this time, they will not be seeing their teachers or friends that they can normally talk to. The additional pressures and stress at home may also mean that children may be at increased risk of abuse themselves.
We have put together advice on where to access support if you are worried about a young person.
Help for children and young people
The NSPCC helpline is available for advice and support for anyone with concerns about a child.
The NSPCC has issued guidance for spotting and reporting the signs of abuse.
Telephone: 0808 800 5000 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you can contact the NSPCC via SignVideousing your webcam. This service is available Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm and Saturdays from 8am to 1pm.
Childline provides help and support to children and young people.
Coronavirus has changed the way that Childline is currently operating but counsellors are still available to talk to children online or on the phone between 9am and midnight.
Telephone: 0800 1111
Barnardo’s provide support to families affected by domestic abuse.
Family Lives provide support through online forums.
If you are worried about the safety of a child or young person, contact your Local Authority’s Safeguarding Board, or the Local Authority where the person at risk lives.
Ann Craft Trust
We Matter Too, explores the gaps in domestic abuse service provisions and awareness of practitioners working with disabled young people.
Information on child contact arrangements
Rights of Women provides guidance about child contact arrangements relating to coronavirus.