Teachers should be vigilant for signs of abuse when schools reopen, NSPCC says

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NSPCC urges the Government to give schools a crash-course on how to spot red flags as children return to the classroom

Teachers should be extra vigilant for signs of neglect and abuse when schools reopen, the UK’s leading children’s charity has said, as ministers draw up plans for a post-coronavirus child recovery strategy.

The NSPCC has urged the Government to give school staff a crash course over the summer holidays in how to handle disclosures from pupils and how to spot red flags.

The advice comes amid concerns that when children return to the classroom, teachers may be the first front-line professionals they have seen in up to six months.

Officials at the Department for Education are understood to be devising a scheme aimed at children who have been adversely affected by Covid-19.

This could include interventions for youngsters whose mental health has suffered during lockdown as well as giving extra support to vulnerable children.

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