Child Abuse is the Highest Reason for Children in Care

Child abuse is the highest reason for vulnerable children in care with 39% being aged ten years and above.

Children are heroes who lead with rainbows.

Children are heroes who lead the way with rainbows as Coronavirus makes it’s impact felt in our communities. The Coronavirus has made the world scary, but can you imagine how scary this feels to our children if we feel afraid? Yet, children emerge as heroes that lead the way with kindness and rainbows.

We have expected children to stay indoors, away from friends and family, for weeks. It’s a tough ask when even a day away from loved ones is a long time for children. However, they did as we asked. They stayed away and drew and painted rainbows because they knew they would make us feel better. Regardless of how children felt, they knew we were sad and wanted to make us happy. It’s what children do.

Our children are the unsung heroes of the Coronavirus pandemic. They stood side by side, clapping and cheering, when deep inside, they hurt, too. For many people, I stood and clapped whilst the pleasure of visiting family and friends had gone. The cuddles and hugs I needed had gone; it was denied to me and hurt like no pain ever described.

little girl in a rainbow dress text reads children are heroes

Children are heroes and an army of angels who guide.

Our children adapted to the pandemic with quiet acceptance. They didn’t question; they painted rainbow pictures to display in our windows because children knew they would cheer us up.

They guide us with inherent empathy and an understanding that something big is happening. More importantly, they trusted when we told them that life would improve if they listened and did as adults told them. They are an army of little angels.

Sadly, if adults had adopted the same attitude as our children, we could have ridden this storm much faster. Unfortunately, many didn’t listen, and their Russian roulette attitude to life has now fired a bullet that we cannot dodge.

Children feel our pain. Where are all the adults?

For many children, their world changed overnight. However, they never questioned where all the parties had gone. What happened to the normal on which they relied? More importantly, where are all the key people they love?

Where are the Grandparents and friends they cared about? Who was helping them? Confusion and uncertainty for any child are hard to accept. But for children in care, what happened to them in their world? Who was caring for them?

The pandemic has brought considerable changes to children because their world isn’t about them. Their world is about the people they love and that they trust. A video link for these children now replaces those they love. However, video links don’t smell like loved ones or give hugs; sadly, separation anxiety begins.

Do children in care need to know the power of rainbows?

Do children in care who no longer have family protection need to know the power of rainbows? Who shows them that it will be, okay? How will they learn that rainbows make them feel better?

Thousands of children in care need Foster carers to give them safe and loving homes with kindness and compassion and make children feel loved. They need foster carers to teach them about rainbows and their special powers to improve things.

‘Thank you to the Mummies, Daddies, grandparents, foster parents and everyone who cares for our children in keeping them safe.’

It is hard when the government says we cannot see our children and grandchildren. Like many other Nanas, my grandchildren had to stay away. Now I am in a world where their bonkers stories are my most fantastic treat, and eating sweets that Mummy and Daddy didn’t need to know about is gone. For now.

I am lucky to have a loving family and grandchildren with a safe home; thankfully, they have parents who love them and understand the power of rainbows. More importantly, they are blessed with parents and family who love them unconditionally. Sadly, many children are not as lucky.

Thank you to the care workers who look after children in care; you are heroes.

The fantastic care workers that look after children in care homes often go home and cry. They are weeping tears of frustration because they bond with the children that have grown over time. They hate leaving them when the shift ends. As a result, many residential care workers are now foster carers.

These foster carers who work within residential children’s homes understand the need for stability for children in a safe and loving home. They know that children need peace with people they have learned to trust. Often, many of these children have endured significant trauma.

Learning to trust is not easy. Subsequently, when children do, they need to know that this trust is recognised and not left once a shift ends. They need 24/7 love and compassion in a family home where they feel they belong.

Children are heroes who guide our future.

The media shows death and fear with relentless news streams that give updates on the Coronavirus. If this is frightening to us as adults, can you imagine what a child makes of this? Our children are our heroes, our future, and we owe them to get this right.

The biggest thank you for me is our children; thank you for just being you and helping us see the world in the uncomplicated way you do. Thank you for accepting change because things aren’t normal now, and we understand that your normal has many layers!

Finally, we know the importance of routine for some children. Their everyday lives often depend on normal, especially for children with additional needs; subsequently, your total trust in us is humbling.

child alone with headphones on listening.

Children have shown us how to care by painting pictures of rainbows that have the power to make us feel happy and special. Thankfully, the simplicity of a child’s world has no barriers when it comes to love.

They do what they do because they trust us; sadly, this trust is often not deserved. Yet, children keep trusting us, and their kindness guides us forward. We wait for guidance as the playgrounds are closed and the parties are gone. Thus, sweeties are back in cupboards, and we wait patiently for play and cuddles.

Thank you for teaching us to be kind again.

The Coronavirus pandemic has caused many people to view the world with kinder eyes and compassion for our neighbours. Sadly, these neighbours, their families and their children may have lived side by side with us for years, yet we barely know who they are. Hopefully, moving ahead to whatever the future holds, we will keep an eye out more for each other and worry less about what we know now are the unimportant things in life.

Verve is not a fostering agency; we recruit foster carers for vulnerable children with Not-for-Profit charities; recruiting foster carers is now adapted to meet our limiting environment. The pandemic won’t stop us because every child needs a safe and loving home where they belong. Do you have the compassion and love to change a child’s life?

Our children, throughout this pandemic, have been incredible and inspirational. We owe it to them to become fantastic and inspirational back, but we need more foster carers to do that. Are you ready to make your dream to foster come true? Please contact Verve on the form below to arrange a chat about fostering with a Not-for-Profit Charity. Together, we will make the lives of children in care better.

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