Helping young people who have been impacted by lockdown and Covid-19

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We are working in partnership with other children’s charities to see, hear and respond quickly to the needs of children and young people in the wake of Covid-19. The project, funded by The Department for Education and The Home Office, works in partnership with the UK's leading children's charities, including Barnardo's and Action for Children.

For the most vulnerable children, lockdown has meant they’ve been alone, unable to escape abuse, neglect and exploitation. Many have gone hungry. Some have lost loved ones. Others are struggling with their mental health or anxiety in the home.

We provide early help to young people who have not been in school and need help now before things get worse.

SEE HEAR RESPOND RESOURCES

What support does See, Hear, Respond offer?

Once we've understood what a young person is going through, we will create a support plan. This could include:

  • Online information and advice
  • Online counselling and therapy 
  • Face-to-face support for those most vulnerable and most affected
  • Helping children and young people plan their return to school

Type of support offered depends on individual cases. 

Who does See, Hear, Respond support?

The partnership supports children from pre-birth up to 18 years of age, and those with special educational needs under the age of 25. Groups include:

  • Those with special educational needs and disabilities and where there are concerns about their welfare
  • Children who may be at increased risk of abuse, neglect and exploitation inside or outside of the home 
  • Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee children who experience barriers to accessing services
  • Young carers

Our services will focus on supporting young people aged 10-18-years-old. Referrals outside of this group will be passed to other charity partners.

Contact information

Please email seehearrespond@childrenssociety.org.uk if you are a young person or know a young person affected by Covid-19 in England. 

Once you get in touch with us, we will contact you to find out more about your situation, listen to what you have to say, and work out a plan for support.

Depending on the type of support you need, we might need to put you in touch with another partner to make sure you get specialist help.

If you are in danger or are concerned that a child is being hurt or abused right now, contact the Police on 999.