We need to make sure no child is left to cope alone, and that their recovery is prioritised and supported. We still have a challenge ahead of us. But, together, we can be here for children.
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We're on the frontline of child protection
When going back to school feels scary and new, we’re here.
“The bullying never stopped until we went into lockdown. Now I have to go back to school and I am really stressed and worried about it starting up again.”
Girl, aged 15
Between 23 March and 31 August 2020, Childline delivered 4,510 counselling sessions with children and young people anxious about returning to school or college.1
Whether they're worried about bullying, their grades or going back to school - Childline is always here to listen.
When home isn’t a safe place,
"I've become increasingly disturbed by the noises coming from my neighbours - I can hear the mother shouting and swearing at her two little ones. Sometimes she locks her kids out in the front garden as punishment. Is there anything you can do?"
Adult who contacted the NSPCC helpline
We’ve answered around 30,000 contacts to the NSPCC helpline from adults worried about a child’s wellbeing and safety since lockdown began. Over half of those contacts were about abuse.2
Anyone can contact our free helpline to speak to a professional. Whether it's to report abuse or for help and advice - we're here.
When going back to school feels like a chance to get help, we’re here.
When schools closed, we couldn't reach our target of delivering Speak out Stay safe assemblies to 2,900 schools between March and August - teaching children that abuse is never their fault and they can always speak to an adult they trust.3
So we adapted. We worked with Ant, Dec and David Walliams to stream a virtual assembly to children at their homes or their schools - which has so far been viewed over 90,000 times.*4 Schools will keep using our film to start important conversations about safety until we can present our assemblies again.
*Total correct as of 26 August 2020
When they feel hopeless and need to talk about their worries, we’re here.
"I'm worried family members will die and I'm scared because it feels like a zombie apocalypse."
Samantha, a Childline caller.
Since the beginning of lockdown, Childline has delivered around 19,000 counselling sessions a month from children and young people like Samantha. That's a session every 5 minutes.
Concerns about mental and emotional health, from suicidal thoughts to self-harm, made up over half of those sessions.
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"Families are the most important part of our work. So we need to know what it is that they need so that we can adapt and deliver those services that are going to make a difference to them. We really rely on people to support the NSPCC so we can continue to protect children and support families to make things better at home."
Dannie, NSPCC children’s services practitioner
"Isolation in itself can be seen as a torture. And I think it has been a torture for most, not just children. It can amplify feeling alone, feeling that no one cares. Children and young people are able to call Childline and to actually be honest. They know that someone's going to hear them and respect where they're at."
Omar, Childline counsellor
Data is for June 5th – November 20th 2020 and the breakdown is as follows: YouTube – 54,500 views, Facebook – 45,300 views.
Overall, we’ve answered around 30,000 contacts to the NSPCC helpline from adults worried about a child’s wellbeing and safety since lockdown began (23 March – 31 July 2020). There were over 16,000 contacts to the NSPCC helpline about abuse in April – July 2020. In the first full 4 months of restrictions (April - July 2020), the NSPCC helpline saw increases of:
- 53% in contacts about physical abuse
- 42% in contacts about neglect
- contacts about emotional abuse doubled.
Schools closed 17/03/20, so from 17/03/20 to 31/03/20 there were 347 schools that we weren't able to carry out planned visits for. This figure is based on future bookings data for March. For 01/04/20 to 31/08/20, based on performance in 18/19, we would have expected to reach 2,500 schools. So between 17/03/20 and 31/08/20 we would have expected to reach approximately 2,900 schools.
We carried out a word search for counselling sessions for Childline based on the following terms (“Back to school/college, returning to school, and exams”). Between 23rd March and 31st August 2020, Childline delivered 4,510 counselling sessions with children and young people who are anxious about returning to school/college.