Act for Kids is urging everyone to remain calm as the country faces new challenges through the peak of the latest COVID-19 wave.
Act for Kids Chief Executive Officer Doctor Katrina Lines is encouraging families to keep a close eye on the wellbeing of children, during these uncertain times.
“Make sure you monitor their online devices, keep conversations about COVID-19 age with children appropriate and reassure children that the authorities are working really hard to keep everyone safe.”
With the start of the school term being delayed for some students, it’s crucial to remind children that they’re in safe hands.
“It’s important to remember children feed off fearful behaviours often displayed by adults during challenging times, which is why we must remain calm. It’s also a good idea to limit children from watching too many news reports about the rising case numbers.”
Meanwhile, Act for Kids is continuing to ensure that it provides vital support to children and families across all services despite soaring COVID-19 cases across Australia.
The team is again embracing telehealth where possible to support children, young people and their families despite rising COVID-19 cases.
The team have also implemented COVID-safe measures ensuring the safety of clients and team members remains a top priority during this period.
“Our dedicated team are committed to making sure children and young people who have experienced trauma or are at-risk of abuse and neglect continue to be supported, including through isolation.”
Unfortunately, some children are more at-risk of abuse and neglect while being stuck at home, often with their perpetrators.
“As families continue to face increasing pressures, financial stress, physical and mental health challenges, we must work hard to protect our vulnerable people in the community, particularly children,” Dr Lines said.
It is also likely many families will be impacted by domestic violence while being in isolation.
“We know during times of uncertainty and hardship cases of domestic and family violence increase, which is why it is important to check in with family, relatives and friends,” Dr Lines explained.
Act for Kids is urging everyone to seek help if you or someone you know is struggling. A list of support services can be found below.
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Family & Child Connect: 13 32 64
DV Connect: 1800 811 811
DV Mensline: 1800 600 636
Sexual Assault: 1800 010 120
DV Support: 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 738)