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.