We are so privileged to be working with vulnerable children, especially those that do not know where to turn for help when help is needed.  Whenever we see or hear about something that a young person is going through, something that we know to be wrong, we are so grateful that we can be there for them, giving a voice to those who are unable to speak for themselves.  Children like Ben.

 

For Ben, the scariest part of the school day was going home.  Frustrated and scared to say anything about what he was going through there, Ben took out his anger on children at school.  Then, just when Ben thought things couldn’t get any worse, lockdown hit.  The counselling sessions that had just started at school went online; no longer was Ben able to speak freely.  Worse, he had no escape from the abuse he was experiencing at home.  When he eventually returned to school, Debbie, his counsellor, became Ben’s lifeline, he no longer felt alone. He was being heard, he felt cared for.  Feeling safe, able to talk freely, the care and protection that Ben had needed for so long was arranged.  Ben’s situation was turned around.

 

Schools that we currently work with are identifying a rise in the amount of children they need to refer and we want to be able to offer each child the support they need, when they need it most.  Children like Ben who, in the aftermath of the pandemic, need safe spaces to talk, to enable the support they need.