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Home is not always a safe place – young people’s experiences during the pandemic and opportunities for change

12th November 2020 6.30 - 7.30pm
Talk/Webinar, Panel debate

About this event

The slogan “stay home, stay safe” unfortunately does not apply to everyone. For hundreds of thousands of children and young people, home is not a place of safety but one of risk. School/college closures and social distancing requirements mean they are at increased risk of harm during the COVID-19 pandemic as they may be isolated with abusive family members and cut-off from sources of support and opportunities for respite and escape. In pre-COVID times, the NSPCC found that 1 in 5 children in the UK were exposed to domestic abuse and they’ve reported a 32% rise in calls to their helpline about domestic abuse during lockdown – their highest ever demand. This toxic situation is likely to have disastrous effects on young people’s mental health. During this online event, hosted by Fully Focused Productions (, we’ll be opening up the conversation with young people to hear about their experiences of feeling ‘unsafe’ at home during the pandemic, what they’ve found has helped them to cope/feel more safe, and learn about what they think are the best ways to support young people to survive and thrive during these more socially restricted times.

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