The following article is from Mark Russell, Chief Executive of The Children’s Society.
I know this is an anxious time for all of us, which is why I wanted to reach out and share with you exactly what we at The Children’s Society are doing to support those vulnerable children and young people who need it most.
The coronavirus has disrupted all our lives, but it has trapped vulnerable children at home, hidden from view and away from vital support. They’re all alone, trying to cope with their mental health problems, their fears and uncertainties, their abusers.
In the current situation, giving these children help is more vital than ever. Being able to talk with someone they trust can literally save their lives. That’s why despite everything, our practitioners are making sure they’re still there for young people. They’re speaking with children on the phone, delivering vital care packages, and calling emergency services when the child is at high risk or too scared to do it themselves.
Young people are going to need more support to get them back to where they were before all this happened. We are the place that they can turn to.
What you can do
- Share our emergency appeal with your networks
- Pray for us
- Use our mental health information and resources
We have launched an emergency appeal. It would be amazing – as we ask Anglicans across the Church of England to stand with us – to have your support. You can give these forgotten children an urgent lifeline to the support they need right now, by helping keep us connected with the ones that need us the most. You can find out more by visiting https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/lifeline.
We also have information and resources on supporting the mental health of children and young people, which are available via https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/coronavirus-information-and-support.
We are grateful for the support you and the communities you serve give us throughout the year. In this time of crisis, we would ask that you continue to hold us and the most vulnerable children and young people in our country in your prayers.
I have been so conscious that in this world where everything has changed, we are even more reliant on God’s love and faithfulness. We have also produced a prayer for our work and the young people we support, which you will find below. Please feel free to share this with your networks, so that as many people as possible can pray for The Children’s Society’s work and support us financially in this emergency.
A prayer for the work of The Children’s Society in a time of coronavirus
God of compassion,
at this time of crisis,
we bring before you the peoples of our country and the world.
We ask for your blessing and strength for those working tirelessly to protect and save life.
We pray especially for vulnerable children and young people who are at greater risk during this time:
those who are not safe at home;
those who may be plunged into even greater poverty;
those whose fragile mental health may worsen;
those who feel abandoned and alone.
Draw near to all who suffer in mind, body or spirit.
We also pray for staff of The Children’s Society as they find new ways to support these young people in challenging circumstances.
Please bless their efforts and keep all with whom we work safe from harm.
We ask this in the precious name of Jesus.
If you have any questions or would like further information, please get in touch.
With my prayers for you and your ministry at this anxious time. Please stay safe.
Chief Executive, The Children’s Society