Child neglect calls up by more than a quarter, charity claims

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The NSPCC received close to 17,100 calls about child neglect in the year to March, an increase of 28 per cent over the previous year, when the charity received just under 13,400 calls.

There was a similar leap in the number of child neglect cases referred by the charity to the police: more than 24,000 cases were referred, compared to 18,345 the year before.

Concerns about child neglect were the number one reason for contacting the charity, the newly released figures reveal, accounting for 31 per cent of all calls made.

NSPCC helpline head John Cameron thanked callers, noting that early intervention can make a real difference.

“The earlier neglect is caught the easier it is to stop and in most cases families can be supported to turn around their problems and provide children with the care they need.”

Vulnerable children were especially at risk in the run-up to Christmas, he added, because they are often isolated with their families during a time of financial and emotional pressure.

Over the summer, the charity Action for Children claimed that most local authorities do not know how much neglect takes place in their regions.

Read more about the NSPCC research here.

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Stowe Family Law Web Team

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