1st Jul, 2022

NSPCC data paints worrying picture of child abuse and neglect in the region

THE NSPCC has released data and research that paints a worrying picture of the abuse and neglect faced by children in the region.

The charity is calling for all of us to get involved in preventing abuse as it reveals details of Childhood Day 2022.

In 2021/22 the NSPCC’s Helpline for adults made 4,574 referrals to agencies across Midlands to investigate concerns about child abuse and neglect – an average of almost 13 referrals a day.

The most common reason for the charity’s practitioners to escalate their concerns was neglect, with 1,531 referrals being made for further investigation.

Across the UK last year, the Helpline made 22,983 referrals to agencies about children thought to be experiencing abuse and neglect – an average of 63 children a day.

The NSPCC Helpline receives contacts from the public and professionals who have safeguarding fears about a child. The charity will refer these on to statutory agencies when serious enough to do so, whilst offering advice and assistance in all cases.

Sir Peter Wanless, NSPCC chief executive said: “As well as the Government playing a leading role, we know that strong communities can help to keep children safe, where thousands of individual people play their part in doing what’s right.

“That’s why we created Childhood Day – a day that brings everyone in the UK together to emphasise why child protection is a top priority.”

The charity for child protection is emphasising that everyone has a responsibility to keep children safe from abuse and neglect.

Whether it’s by fundraising, donating, volunteering at a collection, or taking action, the NSPCC is asking people to play their part to help keep children safe from abuse.

The charity is encouraging people to ‘search ‘Childhood Day’ to find out more.

The NSPCC is urging anyone with concerns about a child, even if they’re unsure, to contact the NSPCC helpline to speak to one of the charity’s professionals. People can call 0808 800 5000, email help@nspcc.org.uk or fill in the online form.

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