Calls to helpline for child abuse increased by a fifth during coronavirus lockon, says NSPCC

  • The helpline received 2,216 calls during the first four weeks of lockdown
  • Compared to 1,867 calls made in four weeks prior to implementation of lockdown
  • Concerns about children receiving emotional abuse such as threats and verbal abuse have increased by 50%
  • The NSPCC helpline is 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk
  • Here you can help people who are not affected by Covid-19

Adult reports of child abuse have increased by almost a fifth during the coronavirus lockup, the NSPCC said.

The helpline received 2,216 conversations about children who have been neglected, physically and emotionally abusive in the first four weeks of & # 39; a lockdown.

This compares with 1,867 calls made in the four weeks prior.

Security measures are likely to intensify & # 39; abuse and increase the impact it & # 39; s on children who & # 39; t be able to escape it & # 39 ;, said the charity for child protection.

The & # 39; NSPCC helpline received 2,216 conversations about children who have been neglected, physically and emotionally abused in & # 39; the first four weeks of & # 39; lockdown

In particular, concerns about children who get emotional abuse, such as threats and verbal abuse, have increased by 50%, with 792 to 19 April.

They are now making a fifth of & # 39; conversations since the lockup began.

And conversations about suspected negative are up 4%, with a 9% rise for suspected physical abuse.

Concerns about children receiving emotional abuse such as threats and verbal abuse have increased by 50%

Concerns about children receiving emotional abuse such as threats and verbal abuse have increased by 50%

NSPCC Chief Director Peter Wanless said: "Children are the hidden victims of coronavirus and for young people who are trapped in unsafe homes while unlocked, the abuse can be unsustainable, with little chance of being respected or to escape.

& # 39; The front of child protection is no longer the school, it is in our communities. Just as we come together to look for older and vulnerable neighbors, we need to make sure that children are safe and well in these exceptional times.

& # 39; Our helpline can act as a lifeline for a child who has trouble behind closed doors and the public can contact with any concerns so our professionals can give advice or take action when a young person is at risk. & # 39; ;

Anyone who is concerned about a child's well-being can contact the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or via help@nspcc.org.uk.

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