The Christmas holidays have arrived and while they are a time of excitement for many, the reality is that some children and young people in Hertfordshire will find them challenging.
Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Safeguarding Children team is asking communities to look out for the signs of abuse and neglect in young people, and report them if they have any concerns.
The NSPCC reports that more than 31,000 adults logged concerns about children since the first lockdown in April this year.
Reports detailed children in scenarios such as living in households affected by drugs or alcohol, suffering injuries and looking unkempt.
Detective Chief Inspector Andrea Dalton, who leads the Constabulary’s Safeguarding Children teams, said: “Many people’s plans for the festive period have likely changed following the Prime Minister’s announcement, and families will now be staying at home to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
“This means many of us will see and hear the comings and goings of our neighbours much more this Christmas, so we are asking people to be vigilant and to report their concerns if they think something isn’t right.”