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More emergency calls to British child protection agency in pandemic

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There have been many more reports of family violence and abuse in Britain since the coronavirus crisis began.

The number of calls from adults concerned about the welfare of children has increased by 53 per cent compared to the time before the pandemic, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) announced on Monday.

More than 30 emergency calls were received every day, with the organisation warning that the number could rise further if the lockdown continues with school closures as well as wide-ranging restrictions on movement outside the home.

“The risk of domestic abuse has been heightened in the last nine months with families living under increasing pressure and behind closed doors,’’ Anna Edmundson, the NSPCC’s head of policy said.

In addition, she said threats to children’s welfare are now more common because neighbours are working at home because of the pandemic.

In particular, she said there was more evidence of arguments lasting for hours and children shouting.

The government must make additional provisions for children in its domestic abuse bill, the NSPCC urged.

Without a requirement for local authorities to use government money to protect children, the funds could be directed to other projects, it said.

The paper will go to the parliamentary committees on Monday.

The NSPCC warned that people who experienced domestic abuse as children often later suffer learning difficulties, depression, problems with food and addiction.

Abuse also includes when children experience violent arguments between parents, according to the NSPCC. (dpa/NAN)

 

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