The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee has published a report looking at the response to the increased risk of domestic abuse in the UK as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The report looks at the impact of the crisis on children and young people and the impact on children and young people of social distancing measures including the closure of schools. The report calls for a comprehensive cross-governmental Covid-19 strategy on domestic abuse, both for lockdown and the period afterwards, and urges local authorities, schools, police and other professionals involved in child welfare to work collaboratively, to find smarter ways to enable face to face contact to happen and to make sure vulnerable children remain on their radar.
Read the news story: Alarming signs of rising domestic abuse require urgent government response
Read the report: Home Office preparedness for Covid-19 (Coronavirus): domestic abuse and risks of harm within the home (PDF)