I am pleased to share with you our latest research, delivered with funding from Public Health Wales, which examines the impact of COVID-19 on children and young people’s experiences of violence and adverse childhood experiences.
We will be hosting a webinar which will address the key points in the report, and provide a chance for attendees to ask questions. The webinar will take place on Monday 28th June from 12:00-13:00. The last year has been extremely tough for many people, and it is clear that the COVID-19 restrictions have had a detrimental impact on children and young people.
Our research indicates that many children and young people will have been at an increased risk of experiencing of violence and adverse childhood experiences, including domestic abuse, physical abuse, self-harm, sexual abuse and exploitation, and serious youth violence. Similarly, those who were subject to adversities before the pandemic, will likely have been experiencing them at an increased intensity during the restrictions.
Importantly, the report contains some key considerations for agencies working with children and young people as Wales continues its COVID-19 recovery. This includes the provision of early intervention and prevention to help re-build the trusted relationships that may have been absent during the pandemic. Also, the consideration of enhanced communication which is accessible for children and young people, to help them understand and alleviate anxiety, fear and frustration around the virus, and strengthening the multi-agency approach to better equip organisations to, identify children at risk, improve interventions and safeguarding, and address any gaps in knowledge.
Everyone has a right to safety, and there is a tremendous work taking place to ensure vulnerable children and young people are protected from the people and experiences that can cause them harm. As Wales continues its recovery, we will continue to work together with our partners to ensure no child or young person is left behind.
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