Children’s charity NSPCC sees surge in cases of emotional child neglect

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The NSPCC has revealed it is seeing a surge in the number of emotional neglect and emotional abuse cases including those so serious they require onward referral to the police and children’s services in the East Midlands.

The charity’s anonymous helpline (0808 800 5000), which supports and offers advice to adults who are worried about a child, is referring nearly 50 per cent more emotional neglect and abuse cases on to statutory services compared to last year.

Helpline staff have assisted more than 550 people in the East Midlands who have contacted the NSPCC about emotional neglect and abuse this year (2013/14) and 431 of these cases were so serious they have been referred to local authorities for further action compared to 322 last year (2012/13), an increase of 34 per cent.


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