Coronavirus puts vulnerable UK children at greater risk, campaigners warn

According to The Guardian, school closures remove vital safety net. But Covid-19 means there will be even fewer foster carers to pick up the pieces.

Care-leavers across the country are already repeatedly failed by the state. This pandemic will only make their situation more precarious, campaigners warn. It’s not just those who have left care.

Children’s commissioner for England Anne Longfield estimates that up to 2.3 million children in England are at significant risk, on the very edge of coming to social services’ attention – but not currently getting help.

With many children’s centres, nurseries, libraries and youth services closed down or cut, “there will be the best part of 1 million children who have needed a social worker in the past three years now becoming invisible to professionals, just as their families come under unprecedented strain”, adds Longfield.

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