Child abuse and neglect: This is how big the problem is in Lancashire and the UK

Neglect is the most common form of child abuse in the UK today.

Friday, 2nd November 2018, 12:02 pm
Updated Friday, 2nd November 2018, 1:08 pm
Neglectis the most common form ofchildabusein the UK today.

Up to one in 10 children across the UK suffers from neglect, making it the most frequent reason for a child protection referral, and it features in 55% of serious case reviews into the death or serious injury of a child .

Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development.

The county council has a duty to protect children and young people from harm caused by neglect or abuse. This includes investigating any allegations that a child might be being neglected or abused, and if necessary take appropriate action to protect the child.

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Neglectis the most common form ofchildabusein the UK today.

The number of children deemed 'in need' in Lancashire, or subject to a Child protection Plan, in 2015/16 was 9,316.

The 'need' for a plan was cited as neglect in 33.8% of cases, physical abuse in 6.9%, sexual abuse in 4.9% emotional abuse in 50.3% and other issues 4.1%

Around four children a day in Lancashire are reporting sexual abuse to police.

A total of 1,572 sexual crimes against youngsters in the county were recorded in the period between 2015 and 2016 – a startling 49 per cent increase from 1,056 recorded the previous year.

91 of the victims were aged under four years old.

If you have a concern about a child being abused or neglected call Care Connect on 0300 123 6720 (8am - 8pm) or out of hours 0300 123 6722 (8pm - 8am).

Other sources of support include:

NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000

Childline - 0800 11 11

Nest Lancashire, set up to support young people aged 10 to 18 who have been affected by crime - 0300 111 0323

If you think a child is in immediate danger – don't delay call the police on 999.