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Horrific rise in cases of baby abuse is the hidden cost of lockdown that we simply cannot ignore

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There is nothing more heartbreaking in our society than the death of an infant by abuse. And yet the incidence of this, both deliberate and accidental, is on the increase in England, a direct result of the terrible impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent double lockdowns on vulnerable families.

While Chancellor Rishi Sunak paints a picture with the government’s furlough scheme of households where reliably industrious parents are managing to work from home, attend Zoom conferences, cook, clean, referee disputes between bickering and sometimes bored offspring and generally enjoy a happy life, the reality for some could not be more different. Lockdown becomes a living hell for those families already in difficulty.

With many of the most vulnerable families bearing the worst of the restrictions on our freedom of movement and the economy, there has been an alarming spike in the number of babies in England that have suffered serious injuries as a result of abuse or neglect during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The chief inspector of Ofsted, Amanda Spielman, told a National Children and Adults Services Conference........

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