COVID-19: Community Call to Action, Supporting Some of Our Most Vulnerable Citizens, Our Children.
Public Consulting Group (Boston, Mass.)
Public Consulting Group
Corporate Headquarters 148 State Street
Boston, MA 02109
This fact sheet explains child welfare systems are spread even thinner during the COVID-19 pandemic and communities must pull together to ensure the safety of children. It notes the COVID-19 pandemic jeopardizes the ability of many families to provide basic needs to children and causes additional family stresses that can lead to child abuse and neglect. Protective factors that serve as safeguards to help parents and caregivers who might otherwise be at risk of abusing their children are then described, as well as way the pandemic is impacting these protective factors. Recommendations are made for increasing family supports and include: create a solution that isn’t currently available in your community, support an existing organization or group monetarily or by giving your time, and personally check in on a neighbor.
COVID-19; communicable diseases; risk factors; shelter in place order; child abuse; child neglect; community based services; child welfare services; family support systems; families at risk; prevention