'Vital' new service being launched for local children missing out on support during pandemic - The Leamington Observer

'Vital' new service being launched for local children missing out on support during pandemic

Leamington Editorial 11th Aug, 2020   0

A ‘VITAL’ new service is being provided for Coventry and Warwickshire young people missing out on support during the pandemic.

Barnardo’s has launched a new programme called ‘See, Hear, Respond’ using funding from the Department for Education. It offers online counselling, therapy and face-to-face support.

Anyone can refer a child or young person to the service, which is free and confidential.

The service aims to provide a lifeline for children and young people who are victims of sexual and domestic abuse, criminal exploitation, those struggling with their mental health, children with special educational needs and disabilities, young carers, and those needing help with reintegrating back into school.

Regional director Hugh Sherriffe said: “The pandemic has meant vulnerable children and young people have been ‘hidden’ from vital support services.

“Many have been suffering in silence and are in danger of being left behind if their needs are not met.

“That’s why Barnardo’s is leading a consortium of more than 30 charities to identify and support children at risk of harm.

“But for this to work, we need professionals – and anyone in contact with vulnerable children – to be our eyes and ears and refer those in need of help.

“Children have too often been unseen and unheard during this crisis and they risk becoming the forgotten victims.

“This initiative is a vital lifeline which will help them to navigate the pandemic and its aftermath, improving their long-term prospects so they can enjoy a successful future.”

Visit www.barnardos.org.uk/see-hear-respond for more information.


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