New figures show that last year (April 2013 – March 2014) we supported more than 17,000 adults who were worried about a child being neglected.
We are encouraged that more and more adults are willing to speak up about their concerns. Our helpline experienced a 28 per cent increase in the number of people coming forward about child neglect last year.
Our helpline provides parents, professionals and members of the public with a safe, non-judgemental space for them talk through their concern. If it’s felt that a child is in immediate danger then an NSPCC expert supports the caller and carefully considers what action to take next – this can involve making a referral to the police or children’s services on their behalf.
Last year we informed the police and children’s services about 24,041 children who are potentially at risk of being neglected.
Neglect remained the main reason that people contacted us accounting for 31 per cent of all contacts.