Surge in reports of child neglect

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There has been a huge, 61 per cent increase in reports of child neglect over the past five years, a charity has claimed.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) received just under 19,500 calls over the last 12 months it reports – and the majority of these were serious enough for referral to social services or the Police. The total represents around one quarter of all calls to the charity. In the year to 2012, the NSPCC received only 12,110 calls.

An increasing proportion, the charity reports, concern children left alone at home by parents with drug or alcohol problems.

But the NSPCC claimed the problem could be even worse than these figures suggest, and has now called on the government to commission a national study.

Chief executive Peter Wanless explained:

“Neglect can have severe and long-lasting consequences for children, and can also be an indicator of other forms of abuse.”

He added:

“It is vital we understand the true nature and scale of child neglect in the UK so we can collectively tackle the fundamental causes. Therefore, a government-commissioned, nationwide prevalence study on child abuse and neglect needs to be conducted, and sooner rather than later.”

Photo by James Delaney via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence

Stowe Family Law Web Team

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Andrew - August 29, 2017 at 8:10am

I notice that your photo is of what might be taken to be a high-rise council block. Are you indulging in stereotypes abut where neglect happens and who neglects their children?

Nan - December 12, 2017 at 3:01am

I have to agree, thought exactly the same when I looked on the page. It’s a shame people judge others less fortunate than themselves.

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