Drivers and other workers will be offered training to spot signs of child abuse in a bid to help identify those at risk who may be hidden due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
The NSPCC have said they will provide free training for hundreds of workers to help them recognise children at risk of abuse and neglect. As deliver drivers and other workers people go straight to people’s homes they are “well-placed to spot any emerging safeguarding concerns”. Businesses will also be able to order stickers to display the NSPCC helpline number on their bags so any adult with concerns knows how to get in contact.
The online training is available from the NSPCC website.
The risks to children may have intensified during the pandemic because of an increase in stress among parents or caregivers, increased vulnerability of children to certain types of abuse, such as online abuse, and a reduction in normal protective services. In May, it surveyed 2,061 adults in Britain and found that over a quarter (26 per cent) were not confident they would know where to seek help if they thought a child or young person was being abused or neglected.
The charity has temporarily made their It’s Your Call course free during the pandemic, and has seen its helpline contacted more than 10,000 times with concerns for a child’s welfare.
Individuals can get in touch with the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) - call 0808 800 5000 for free, anonymously.
The helpline is open between Monday and Friday from 8am until 10pm and between 9am and 6pm on weekends.
Posted on Friday 6th November 2020