Child neglect reports to NSPCC Helpline in Wales reach record numbers
The NSPCC refers an average of 16 reports of child neglect every week to Welsh police and social services, the charity’s latest figures reveal.
In 2016/17 the NSPCC Helpline dealt with 804 reports in this way following calls or emails from concerned adults – an 80% rise in the space of five years, up from 447 in 2011/12.
Flintshire saw a rise over the last five years, from 9 to 36 in 2016.
UK-wide, the NSPCC made 16,882 referrals to children’s services or the police in 2016/17, equivalent to 46 a day.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Child neglect was mentioned in more than a quarter of all UK calls to the NSPCC Helpline in the last year. This rise shows that more people are willing to speak up about the issue.
This rise shows that more people are willing to speak up about the issue.
The NSPCC say ‘neglect means that a child’s needs for safety, physical care and love are not being met to an extent that could cause them serious or lasting harm.
This can be due to a range of reasons, including parents not having the skills, support or funds to raise their children, with these causing adverse childhood experiences and leading to neglect.
A growing number of people contacting the NSPCC Helpline also described parents as having a problem with alcohol and drugs, with some of them regularly leaving their children unsupervised so they could go drinking with friends.’
NSPCC Cymru is calling for neglectful parenting to be a key priority for authorities and health providers and support families struggling to meet their child’s needs particularly during the early stages of their lives.
Common signs and symptoms adults may notice in a child who is being neglected include:
· The child may be aggressive and hostile, prone to angry outbursts or lashing out towards others
· The child may be more impulsive than others with poor concentration
· Neglected children may be particularly quiet or withdrawn
· Poor appearance and hygiene, they may be smelly or have unwashed clothes
· Left alone for a long time
· Poor language, communication or social skills
· Seem hungry or turn up to school without having breakfast or any lunch money
Des Mannion, head of NSPCC Wales, said:
Neglect can have severe and long-lasting consequences for children, and can also be an indicator of other forms of abuse. This is why it is so important for anyone suspecting a child of being neglected to contact the NSPCC Helpline, so we can alert the authorities to quickly step in and help those in need.
At the same time, it is vital we understand the true nature and scale of child neglect in the UK so we can collectively support struggling families. We must also be more aware of emotional neglect, when parents do not provide warm, sensitive, loving parenting that children need.
[/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”custom” border_width=”2″ accent_color=”#af2828″][vc_column_text]The NSPCC supports parents who are on drug or alcohol treatment programmes through their Parents Under Pressure service, providing them with help to develop secure and healthy relationships with their children.
Adults can contact the NSPCC Helpline 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on 0808 800 5000, or firstname.lastname@example.org[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
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