COVID-19: Help at-risk children in Lewisham

Vulnerable children in Lewisham are being put at even greater risk by COVID-19.

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Home for Good has been made aware by our friends in Lewisham Council’s fostering team that they are being put under increasing pressure by COVID-19.

Before the start of the COVID-19 crisis, Lewisham was recruiting foster carers for over 470 children young people in their care. Occasionally Lewisham have had to place children miles away from the area and into residential homes because of a lack of foster homes.

The current crisis has only increased their challenge.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for all of us, and some have experienced profound loss. But alongside the news of new cases, second peaks, tests and vaccines, there are also shocking headlines of domestic violence cases rising by 20%, of more than 2 million children living in hugely vulnerable situations exacerbated by lockdown, and of just 5% of children known to be at risk attending school.

Due to additional pressures on families from the Covid-19 pandemic, and specifically the lockdown, including reduced incomes, mental health challenges and domestic violence the number of children needing care is forecast to significantly increase. This will put huge pressure on children’s services and more foster homes will be needed.

We have a window to act now so that we are ready.

We are asking Christians in around Lewisham who may be able to open their home to a vulnerable child to complete the form below and explore with Home for Good and Lewisham Borough Council whether fostering is for you.

After you complete the form Home for Good will be in touch with next steps.

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