Warning over child neglect cases in Newham
Almost three cases of child neglect in Newham were referred to the NSPCC every month last year.
The charity has revealed a sharp increase in the reports in London - and has warned of the additional pressure this will place on children’s services.
Trained counsellors working on its helpline dealt with a total of 32 cases in the borough during 2011/12.
Statistics for the previous year are not available but in London, the number was 563, an increase of almost a third on the previous year.
Some were serious enough to require the involvement of police or children’s services.
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The remainder were dealt with by the counsellors, who provided advice, support and information to callers.
Dan Russell, from the NSPCC, said: “More people than ever are contacting the NSPCC about child neglect.
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“Some of this will be down to the public being more willing to speak out, and this can only be a positive thing, but there is clearly a worrying trend, not just in our figures, but from a range of agencies and bodies.
“More research is needed on why this sharp increase has occurred.
He added: “We want the public to keep raising the alarm so families can be supported to prevent more children suffering the devastating consequences of neglect.
Anyone who thinks a child is being neglected, or suffering any kind of abuse, should contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000, email email@example.com or report online at www.nspcc.org.uk/helpline.