Childhood has been very different since the first national lockdown in March 2020.
Sadly, we know that the coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns have also increased the risk of child abuse and neglect. But at a time when support is so desperately needed, restrictions have meant the very services that could help struggling families and protect children have been reduced.
We've all had to adapt and find new ways to be there for children. During the first lockdown, our frontline staff prioritised supporting families' immediate needs - such as signposting to financial support, making and delivering food parcels and delivering home learning and play resources.
Continuing contact and service delivery from NSPCC practitioners provided families with some sense of normality and consistency. Existing relationships in our Together for Childhood areas enabled us to work together with our partners and respond to the needs of local communities. And we adapted our direct services, by offering flexible support - sometimes a blend of virtual and in-person support - to meet the needs of each child and family we work with.
We have continued to deliver some services in person where the work is trauma-focused or when children or caregivers need face-to-face support. But virtual delivery does work and is appropriate for some services. Staff are using their professional judgement to decide when support needs to be delivered in person or when it can be delivered in a blended format.
Take a look at the information on this page to find out more about what we’ve learnt from adapting our services and what research tells us about the impact of coronavirus on children’s wellbeing.