The Coronavirus pandemic affects every section of our society, and children who have been ‘At Risk’; are more ‘vulnerable’ than ever. These children include children in care and many young people facing homelessness or, sadly, incredibly vulnerable. Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, said ‘these children and young people might have been in the line of sight of support networks previously; however, due to school closures, professionals now consider these children as potentially being ‘At Risk’ of becoming ‘invisible’.
‘Keeping a clear line of sight on our children’. The Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield recently said …
‘Up to 2.3 million children are at significant risk,’ and on the edge of Social services attention. Currently, they are not getting any help.’
‘These children are in families that are already unstable, and this crisis is going to make them under ‘much more pressure’.
‘Schools give a ‘clear line of sight.’
Schools closing mean that many of these children would have one or two hot meals a day, with schools providing structure and support from peers. These schools give professionals a ‘clear line of sight’ to children and have a ‘well-established escalation procedure’.
‘With the closures of Children’s Centres, nurseries, libraries and other support services, there will now be the best part of 1 million children who have needed Social workers in the past 3 years. These children are now ‘at risk’ of becoming ‘invisible’ to ‘professionals’.’
For families with children in ‘line of sight of professionals,’ it is vital they get the support they need. According to ‘professionals, these children are now ‘at at risk’ of becoming ‘invisible without this support; thus, families sadly become ‘vulnerable’ and are ‘at risk’.
There are currently 78000 children in foster care in the UK.
Vulnerable children are at risk of becoming ‘invisible.’
We often take for granted the network of people who help us to bring up our children. This network of support often includes Grandparents, Teachers and neighbours, who are now themselves in lockdown. Sadly; this support, now lost to many families, means that they become ‘at risk‘ to becoming invisible to ‘professionals’ themselves.
There has been speculation from ‘professionals’ that the number of children in care will rise significantly due to Coronavirus; however, there is no evidence of this significant rise. It appears that families are now growing closer together with communities helping vulnerable families more than ever before. Maybe Coronavirus is becoming the glue to reform and reshape our communities?
Charities are working together in the community to protect families during COVID19.
Salford Food Parcels have been out dropping food parcels that include nappies and sanitary products to families in need. The Holiday Hunger project is preparing lunch boxes for vulnerable children. These are the children who would typically have had meals at school; the pandemic could ultimately make lives more challenging for families to feed their children. But these children are not invisible to us, and as a result of COVID19, communities are coming together even stronger to make sure families have the support they need.
The kindness shown in our community has been remarkable. Organic fruit and vegetables donated to food clubs, ensuring that children regularly have fresh and natural foods wherever possible. The hens in the allotments are laying fresh eggs and doing their bit; people are coming together in a renewed ‘community spirit,’ where hopefully, God willing, this ‘community spirit’ will stay amongst us as we return to whatever normality is destined for us.
Children in care are still waiting for loving homes.
We are in ‘challenging times’, and traditional recruitment procedures have been adjusted and adapted for the challenges we now face, but we don’t stop recruiting. If anything, it has made our resolve even stronger because these children need to place in safe and loving homes.
Please help us make the future a kinder and more caring place for vulnerable children in our communities. If you had thought about fostering before but paused the button, please press it again; because vulnerable children are still here, they are still waiting. Contact Verve by filling in the form below, and we will contact you back.
Together, we will make a difference in children’s lives.
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