Communities must urgently work to protect the 15,000+ vulnerable children across Greater Manchester after the NSPCC warned Childline was experiencing unprecedented demand.
NSPCC says that Childline handling a surge in demand for its mental and emotional health support services as the coronavirus pandemic starts to affect children’s lives, as well as those worried about experiencing arguments at home.
The warning comes as new figures released reveal more than 15,000 children across Greater Manchester were at risk of neglect or abuse in 2019, with 674 of those in Trafford.
The Liberal Democrats have urged local councils, the national government and communities to come together and look out for vulnerable children who may need extra support during the lockdown period.
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Trafford Jane Brophy said:
“The decision to close schools and cancel exams was the right one, but it has left thousands of children feeling worried or stressed about their future and the extended time at home with reduced support.
“Whilst the Government’s focus is on saving lives, local communities must come together and look out for vulnerable children who may be at risk, either physically or mentally, during the lockdown period.
“It is right people stay home, protect the NHS and save lives, but it must not be at the risk of children’s’ safety. Children and families must have something positive and productive to engage in, and a helpline should they need one.
“Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to pay whatever it costs to get all pupils and staff the resources they need to continue learning at home and provide support for those fearing for their safety.”