Vulnerable children 'suffer alone' in UK lockdown with schools shut

Charity says it has made sevenfold increase in child-protection referrals since coronavirus crisis began

A charity that supports disadvantaged state school pupils has reported a sevenfold increase in its child-protection referrals since the lockdown began.

Practitioners from the charity, School Home Support (SHS), have been working throughout the crisis to maintain regular contact with families of the children they normally support in school. Between 23 March and 6 May, they reported a 750% increase in the number of children who needed to be referred to social services, compared to the same period in 2019.

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Source: The Guardian
Vulnerable children 'suffer alone' in UK lockdown with schools shut