Children more at risk for abuse and neglect amid coronavirus pandemic, experts say

Suzanne Hirt, Andrea Ball and Katie Wedell - USA Today

"Hundreds of thousands of vulnerable U.S. children could face a heightened risk of abuse and neglect as coronavirus-related school closures keep them at home and away from the nation’s biggest group of hotline tipsters: educators," says this article from USA Today. "Even kids in otherwise functional families could face peril as parents unaccustomed to providing round-the-clock care and stressed by the collapsing economy are pushed to the edge."

The article describes how the COVID-19 pandemic increases risk factors for child abuse and neglect and how child welfare and medical professional are responding to ensure children's safety.