CHILDREN'S charity NSPCC is calling on the Home Office to do more for children experiencing domestic abuse.

Emily Hilton, senior policy and public affairs officer, said: "Hundreds of thousands of children are currently living in homes where they experience domestic abuse.

"It is a major concern that whilst schools are closed to 90 per cent of pupils and other community based services are suspended, many children and adults will be more isolated, exposed and distanced from vital support networks and at risk of abuse.

"The Government has acknowledged that measures need to be taken to keep vulnerable children safe during this national emergency by keeping them in school.

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"Yet it was disappointing that the Home Office failed to include children in their domestic abuse Covid-19 guidance published yesterday.

"As local areas adapt to the new challenges they are facing there must be resource available to them to ensure that professionals feel well equipped to spot the signs of domestic abuse and swiftly take appropriate action.

"We can all play our part in this as well by checking in with families however we can and reaching out for support and advice from local authorities or the NSPCC Helpline if we have any concerns for a child’s wellbeing."