Last Christmas, our helpline responded to nearly 600 contacts mentioning child neglect. This year, our Light for Every Childhood appeal aims to raise awareness of the subject and help more children.
In 2017/18 the NSPCC helpline handled nearly 20,000 calls and emails about child neglect. In the same year Police recorded nearly 17,000 cases of parents deliberately neglecting, mistreating or assaulting their children, this number has doubled over the last five years1.
Over Christmas, extended family members often contact our helpline after becoming concerned about a young relative they’ve spent time with.
Last year, we responded to 599 contacts related to neglect between Christmas Eve and 4 January 2018.
Neglect is the most common type of abuse affecting children in the UK2. This year, to raise awareness of the subject, we’ve launched our Light For Every Childhood Christmas Appeal. UK landmarks including Houses of Parliament and the BT Tower have lit up in the NSPCC’s green in support of this appeal.