We need joined up, thoughtful working out now of a combination of both digital and relational input to ensure all children have their needs met and in particular the most vulnerable amongst them.
It could be quite easy to turn inwards, managing our own turmoil as we figure out how to do ‘different’ in whatever context that might be. And many of us have done just that.
The plight of more disadvantaged children and families is much more front and centre, and will only continue to become so as the crisis is prolonged.
Six months after lockdown, facts and figures are emerging as research reports on the aftermath of lockdown, and what we know is that what was an already fragile situation for many vulnerable children in our country, is now worse.
Click on the video link to hear Partnerships and Engagement Lead Catherine Clayton in conversation with Your Neighbout about how Kids Matter supports children, parents and carers in the most deprived communities in the UK...
Click on the video link to to hear more about our #MondayStories campaign (launching September 7 on all our social media channels)...
Some children will find it difficult to leave the home and faces that have become a solid constant over the last six months but there are things that parents can do to help their little ones adjust to the change.
For us at Kids Matter BLM has been particularly impactful in drawing our gaze to the very distinct difference between being non-racist and being anti-racist. Ben Lindsay’s book We Need To Talk About Race has been a worthwhile and constructive help in this process.
When school doors reopen in September there won’t just be Maths and English to catch up on, children will need to re-engage with how to socially interact with their peers.
Parents can role play certain scenarios with their children, to teach them new social skills they might not have practiced for a while...