Look closer in lockdown to help keep children safe from exploitation

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The life of every child has been turned upside down by Coronavirus. We’re stepping up our fight for the most vulnerable young people, hand in hand with all our partners and everyone that cares about children’s lives.

Alongside our emergency appeal, we have a new opportunity for you to join our Community Awareness Network and help us be a lifeline for vulnerable children.

What is the Community Awareness Network?

As the government lockdown and social distancing measures continue there is growing concern for children and young people who may be at risk of exploitation and abuse. School closures, restricted services and a lack of face to face support mean that there may be less opportunities to protect children at risk.

That is why we believe it is more important than ever that we all look closer and recognise our role in keeping children safe from harm.  

We need key workers who are still travelling for work or members of the public going out for exercise or essential trips to look closer for children and young people who may be vulnerable, understand some of the signs and indicators and report if they have a concern.

What does joining the Community Awareness Network involve?

We need your support to get these messages out to your community, friends, family, social networks and local businesses.

If you are over 18, you can do this by joining our network and posting on social media, emailing links to our webpages to friends and family and talking about #LookCloser when you are on the phone or a video call.

This will help us alert as many people as possible to some of the potential signs of child exploitation and play an important part in keeping children and young people safe.

JOIN THE COMMUNITY AWARENESS NETWORK