NSPCC Reports figures of vulnerable kids trapped at home

Written by on December 12, 2021

Calls to NSPCC about children living in violent homes rise by over 50%

With more restrictions being pushed in towards Christmas there are so many children stuck in unbearable conditions with no help. The case of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes shocked the nation, because the abuse was not picked up among social services. The six year old had been subjected to months of ‘unimaginable’ abuse by Hughes and Tustin before he was murdered during lockdown on June 17 last year.

In one haunting video,  Arthur was seen struggling to stand before slumping to the floor of the living room.

Now, more than ever, our kids need protection. The pandemic has not only exposed kids to the risk of abuse and illness, but also the consequent distress of widespread inequality, uncertainty and fear, financial hardship and mandated social isolation, including school closings.

“What we know from the science is that having a supportive, healthy relationship with at least one caregiving adult is the best protection any child has against later emotional difficulties,” says Vancouver child psychiatrist Ashley Miller.

Most of those reaching out were teenagers, but there has also been a sharp rise in under 11s receiving help (87% since 2015/16).

Young people contacting Childline with suicidal thoughts and feelings cited specific concerns about mental health, self-harm, family relationships and problems at school and college. Girls were more likely to talk about these feelings, with nearly five times as many receiving counselling sessions than boys.

In response, the NSPCC has launched a nationwide campaign – KIDS In Real Life – urging the public to help them save a child’s life, in real life.

If you thank that a child need help contact NSPCC click HERE

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