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THE 2020 FESTIVAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE
DIGITAL-FIRST EVENT 7-15 NOV 2020
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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 (https://www.fullyfocusedproductions.com/), 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.