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Neglect or emotional abuse in teenagers: Core info leaflet

Leaflet on what is currently known about teenagers’ experiences of neglect and emotional harm. Part of the Core info leaflet series.
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Social workers' knowledge and confidence when working with cases of child sexual abuse

Report by Coventry University from research with social workers, managers and LSCB chairs in England exploring issues and challenges.
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Neglect or emotional abuse in children aged 5-14: Core info leaflet

A leaflet summarising how neglect and emotional abuse affects children aged 5 to 14. Part of the Core info leaflet series.
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Research reports

Published in 2014

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Published in 2013

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Useful resources for people working with children

Learning from case reviews

Brief summaries on the LSCB's key findings and learning from recurring themes in case reviews.

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Library catalogue

The UK's largest collection of child protection resources, specialising in published material on child protection, child abuse and child neglect.

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Leaflets and learning resources

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Read our short summaries of various subjects in child protection.

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Schools and colleges

Resources to support schools, colleges and academies in keeping children safe.

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Safe recruitment

Resources to help you safely recruit staff and volunteers who will work with children.

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Safeguarding in Education Self-Assessment Tool

A free online tool for schools in England to make sure the most effective safeguarding procedures are in place.

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Impact and evidence series

 Read findings from our research into what works in preventing child abuse and neglect.

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We offer a range of online and face-to-face training courses for people who work with children to help you gain the skills to act appropriately and confidently to keep children safe.

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Statistics by abuse type

Sexual abuse

1 in 20 children in the UK have been sexually abused. Read more statisitics on sexual abuse.

Statistics on sexual abuse

Physical abuse

1 in 14 children have been physically abused in the UK. Read more statistics on physical abuse.

Statistics on physical abuse


1 in 10 children have experienced neglect in the UK. Read more statistics on neglect.

Statistics on neglect

Emotional abuse

 1 in 14 children have experienced emotional abuse by a parent or guardian in the UK. Read more statistics on emotional abuse.

Statistics on emotional abuse


Over 1,700 victims of FGM were referred to specialist clinics in the last 2 years. Read more statistics on FGM.

Statistics on FGM

Bullying and cyberbullying

Almost 45,000 children talked to ChildLine about bullying last year. Read more bullying and cyberbullying statistics.

Statistics on bullying

Sexual exploitation

Over 2,400 children were victims of sexual exploitation in gangs and groups from August 2010 to October 2011. Read more statistics on child sexual exploitation.

Statistics on sexual exploitation

Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is a factor in 60% of serious case reviews. Read more statistics on domestic abuse.

Statistics on domestic abuse

Child trafficking

We have dealt with over 1,000 cases of child trafficking since 2007. Read more statistics on child trafficking.

Statistics on child trafficking