NSPCC Learning has published a briefing using insight from Childline counselling sessions and NSPCC helpline contacts to highlight the impact of child sexual abuse on children and young people during the coronavirus pandemic.
Key findings include:
- there has been a threefold increase in the number of Childline counselling sessions about child sexual abuse within the family, from an average of 8 sessions per week before the pandemic restrictions were imposed to an average of 23 per week since 23 March 2020;
- adults contacting the NSPCC helpline since lockdown began are more likely to be worried about sexual abuse that is happening in the child’s own home – this was a concern in 53% of contacts about sexual abuse before the pandemic restrictions were imposed, compared to 77% since 23 March 2020.
You can read the briefing here (opens in a new tab)