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Child cruelty on the rise in London boroughs

PUBLISHED: 16:05 22 June 2016

Neglect cases have risen by more than 10 per cent in the capital

Neglect cases have risen by more than 10 per cent in the capital

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Around 16,000 calls were made to the NSPCC last year

The number of children suffering cruelty and neglect has soared by 75 per cent in the last ten years according to children’s charity the NSPCC.

Since 2012, the number of cases recoded by police forces across London has seen a rise of more than 200, or 12 per cent.

Regional head of services at the NSPCC, Colin Peak, said: “Neglect is the most common form of abuse in the UK and can wreak havoc on a child’s brain development, emotional well-being, ability to form relationships and mental health.

These children are more likely to suffer from depression and post-traumatic disorder, and even suicidal thoughts. For some, neglect can be fatal.

“These levels of neglect simply do not belong to the 21st century.

“Many of these lonely, frightened, children have to resort to desperate measures to survive after being left to fend for themselves and it shames our nation that these numbers are so high.”

The NSPCC received around 16,000 calls from adults with concerns last year.


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