Our latest report on child neglect reveals that few adults contact our helpline with concerns about teenagers being neglected
We're calling on the public to be alert to young people suffering from neglect after calls to the NSPCC helpline, reveals that few adults contact the service with concerns about teenagers suffering from neglect.
It follows the release of our Hurting Inside Report, which reveals that of the 23,037 children reported by the public, or referred by the NSPCC helpline, police or children’s services, only 16% were regarding children aged 12-18.1
At the same time, less than 1% (1016) of the children who contacted the NSPCC’s ChildLine service last year directly indicated that they were being neglected by their parents or carers2 – despite it being the UK's biggest child protection concern.
We believes these figures confirm concerns shared more widely amongst child protection professionals, that there may be an underreporting of older children suffering from neglect.
Therefore thousands of adolescents may not be receiving the support they need at a crucial time in their lives.