Rise in child neglect reports prompts council funding fears

By Sam Clayden | 23 August 2017

The number of people contacting the NSPCC about child neglect has increased dramatically in the past five years, sparking fears over the decline of early help services.

In 2016/17, the NSPCC dealt with 19,448 calls and emails about child neglect – the highest number on record and an increase of 61% in five years.

Some 87% of these contacts were referred on to social services or the police.

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