A Bradford charity is providing emergency support for local BAME children and young people who are most at risk of harm as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

QED Foundation is working with children’s charity Barnardo’s to identify vulnerable young people in Bradford who have not received support from statutory agencies.

Young people up to the age of 18 from BAME or refugee communities in Bradford have been targeted for support, but help will also extend to young people in other ethnic groups in further areas of the West Yorkshire region.

QED Foundation is working with Girlington Community Centre and the Sangat Centre, Keighley, and have provided help for 1,000 individuals who have suffered as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic so far.

The charity will also work with the Nurture Academies Trust, which runs six primary schools in Bradford district, to help pupils finding it difficult to return to education.

Support is available through the See Hear, Respond service, funded by the Department for Education, which includes a telephone helpline, online counselling, therapy and access to interactive resources.

The system has been designed to account for social distancing but young individuals who may be subject to criminal exploitation or abuse and more serious harm could also be offered face to face advice and support whilst some guidance for families in crisis is also available.

QED Foundation founder & chief executive Dr Mohammed Ali OBE said: “‘We are delighted that Barnardo’s has chosen us as one of its delivery partners.

“Nearly one in four children in our district lives in poverty and the situation is worse for those who come from an ethnic minority background or a disadvantaged neighbourhood.

“The coronavirus pandemic has hit these communities particularly hard. Now, more than ever, it is vital that we give their children and young people the help they need to keep them healthy and safe and enable them to go back to school and build a successful future.”

Youngsters, parents, carers and professionals can make a referral using an online form at www.barnardos.org.uk/see-hear-respond