Whilst staying at home, during the Coronavirus pandemic, it is vital the government recognises
that the order to stay home due to coronavirus can cause extra anxiety for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of harm, exploitation or domestic abuse.
That is why there is a recognised support and flexibility for “critical” workers and schools to continue to deliver their services.
If you are living with the threat of exploitation, domestic abuse, or child abuse, its important you know where to go for help. There is help available.
There is a range of support and protection services that are still working to help and safeguard children, young people and adults at risk of harm and abuse.
Tina Russell, Director of Children Social Care and Safeguarding said: “Along with the worry and uncertainty Covid-19 brings, the periods of limited social interaction can also bring tension, frustration and, unfortunately, create circumstances and opportunities for abuse.”
“As a Children’s Social Care service, we are working to stay in touch with children and families through a programme of calls and visits and we are working alongside our Education, Health and Police colleagues to identify and respond to the support and protect children and young people need.
Other dedicated specialist support services are also available. If people are worried for themselves or someone they know we would encourage them to call a professional for support.”
Children and young people
The Family Front Door is the central point for all referrals for children and young people aged 0 to 18 years and living in Worcestershire where there is safeguarding child protection concern for them. They receive referrals from professionals, members of the community, family members, children and young people directly.
Contact the Family Front Door on 01905 822 666 (emergency out of hours 01905 768 020) or visit the refer to children's social care pages on the Council's website or the get safe in Worcestershire website pages.
West Mercia Women's Aid
West Mercia Women’s Aid exists to support women and children affected by domestic abuse, and is the lead specialist agency in Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire working with victims of domestic abuse.
West Mercia Women's Aid Helpline 24 hours a day on 0800 980 3331 or the West Mercia Women's Aid website.
Advice for men
Men’s Advice Line is a confidential helpline for male victims of domestic abuse and those supporting them offering advice and emotional support to men who experience abuse, and signpost to other vital services that help keep them and their children safe.
Men's Advice Line on 0808 801 0327 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm) or the Men's Advice Line website.
Hestia, a charity supporting adults in crisis. They have put together a quick-read guide to support people at risk of and/or experiencing domestic abuse during lockdown, including useful apps, numbers and resources on thier website.