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Covid has exposed the damage caused to families by a decade of austerity | Ray Jones

The pandemic has shown the impact of increased deprivation, difficulties for families and greater risks for vulnerable children

The coronavirus pandemic is having awful health, social and economic consequences, but amid the threat and fear, it should provide an opportunity to reflect and learn. This is especially urgent in assessing its impact on children’s welfare and safety.

The pandemic has demonstrated the impact of removing safeguards for children and help for families that had been embedded in the welfare state and public services. There have been concerns about the effects of lockdown on the mental health of children and adults, increasing domestic violence, and online grooming and exploitation of children and vulnerable adults.

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