The partnership between the food delivery service and the charity comes after NSPCC released a report last week stating that lockdown has increased the risk of child abuse.
The partnership was developed earlier this year when a rider contacted NSPCC after becoming worried for a child’s welfare.
During lockdown, children may be more out of sight due to staying indoors. Hundreds of Deliveroo riders will receive free training from the NSPCC to help them recognise when a child is at risk and alert the appropriate channels.
The NSPCC report found that as well as there being an increase in children’s and young people’s vulnerability, there has been increased pressure placed on parents and caregivers – which can lead to heightened vulnerability for children – and a reduction in normal protective services.
Peter Wanless, NSPCC Chief Executive, said: “It is essential that we all play our role in helping to keep children and young people safe. Riders and other workers visiting people’s homes during the pandemic have the unique opportunity to see or hear things that others may not. Therefore, it is important that they feel confident in knowing what to do if they are concerned about a child. It’s fantastic of Deliveroo to take this positive step with us – together we believe everyone can play a part in keeping children safe.”
Will Shu, CEO Deliveroo, added: “We are so proud of the vital role Deliveroo riders are carrying out during the COVID-19 crisis. As key workers, riders are at the heart of local communities and will be able to play an important role to help keep children safe.”