1 in 10 children have experienced neglect

Explanation: Figures based on findings from 11-17 year olds. 9.8% said they had been severely neglected at some point by parents or guardians.

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Over 25,500 children were identified as needing protection from neglect last year

Explanation: 

There were 25,590 children in the UK on child protection registers or the subject of child protection plans under a category that included neglect on 31 March 2015 (or 31 July 2015 in Scotland). This equates to 45% of all the children on child protection registers or the subject of child protection plans. This is based on figures from each UK nation and includes all categories that include neglect. These figures represent children identified and assessed as being at ongoing risk of significant harm from neglect. 

Children on the child protection register or subject to a child protection plan due to neglect by nation: 

  • England: 22,230
  • Northern Ireland: 993
  • Scotland: 1,017
  • Wales: 1,350

See also Indicator 14 in How safe our are children? 2016 and our summary of child protection plan and register statistics in the UK (PDF).

30% of contacts to the NSPCC’s helpline were concerns about neglect

Explanation: The NSPCC’s helpline responded to 54,865 contacts in 2015/16, from people who were concerned about a child’s welfare. 16,436 contacts (or 30%) were concerns about neglect. Where concerns indicate a child is at risk of harm, then we refer the concerns on to the police or children’s services. 36% of the referrals that we made to police or children’s services, related to neglect.

See also Indicator 8 in How safe are our children? 2016.

The NSPCC’s helpline responded to over 16,000 contacts about neglect last year 

Explanation: The NSPCC’s helpline responded to 54,865 contacts in 2015/16, from people who were concerned about a child’s welfare. 16,436 contacts (or 30%) were concerns about neglect. Where concerns indicate a child is at risk of harm, then we refer the concerns on to the police or children’s services. 36% of the referrals that we made to police or children’s services, related to neglect.

See also Indicator 8 in How safe are our children? 2016.

36% of the concerns that the NSPCC’s helpline referred to police or children’s services related to neglect

Explanation: The NSPCC’s helpline responded to 54,865 contacts in 2015/16, from people who were concerned about a child’s welfare. 16,436 contacts (or 30%) were concerns about neglect. Where concerns indicate a child is at risk of harm, then we refer the concerns on to the police or children’s services. 36% of the referrals that we made to police or children’s services, related to neglect.

See also Indicator 8 in How safe are our children? 2016.

Neglect is a factor in 60% of serious case reviews

Explanation: Based on analysis of 139 serious case reviews undertaken in England from 2009-2011. Serious case reviews are commissioned when a child dies, or is seriously injured, as a result of abuse or neglect.

Find about more about serious case reviews.

Neglect is the most common reason for taking child protection action

Explanation: There were 25,590 children in the UK on child protection registers or the subject of child protection plans under a category that included neglect on 31 March 2015 (or 31 July 2015 in Scotland). This equates to 45% of all the children on child protection registers or the subject of child protection plans. This is based on figures from each UK nation and includes all categories that include neglect. These figures represent children identified and assessed as being at ongoing risk of significant harm from neglect.

Children on the child protection register or subject to a child protection plan due to neglect by nation:

  • England: 22,230
  • Northern Ireland: 993
  • Scotland: 1,017
  • Wales: 1,350

See also Indicator 14 in How safe are our children? 2016 and our summary of child protection plan and register statistics in the UK (PDF).

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