Cordis Pulse: October 2020
22 October 2020
A number of publications were published this month that focused on children’s experience during the COVID-19 pandemic and on keeping children safe. For example, the Children’s Commissioner published research into stress among children during lockdown, while the NSPCC published their How safe are our children? report which looks at abuse perpetrated against adolescents. One of the challenges in the work we are supporting clients with is domestic abuse, with the pandemic making it a more challenging situation both for adults and for children and young people. This situation is likely to be further exacerbated as the pandemic surges and associated lockdowns are tightened. One intervention that we’ve recently evaluated is Operation Encompass. This initiative, which aimed to educate children and young people about healthy relationships and domestic abuse and provide enhanced support for victims/survivors, has evidence to show that it improves outcomes for people affected by domestic abuse and for children and young people in schools. It is a timely evaluation report as the Government has just introduced from the start of this academic year compulsory teaching on relationships and sex education, including teaching on healthy relationships and domestic abuse. For further information and to read the Pulse in full, click on the link below.