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Quarter of adults think it very or fairly easy to identify whether a ten-year-old is being abused or neglected

Nearly a quarter (24 per cent) of respondents to a survey of public attitudes said that it would be very or fairly easy to identity whether a ten-year-old child was suffering abuse or neglect. The proportion of people holding this attitude has remained fairly consistent over the last decade. The survey team questioned a representative sample of adults aged 18+ living in private households in England, Wales and Scotland.

Around seven in ten (71 per cent) felt very or quite confident in knowing what to do if they were certain a neighbour had a child who was being seriously abused or neglected; the proportion saying 'very confident' has increased from 28 per cent in 2006, to 33 per cent in 2016.

Women were more likely to say that it is easy or very easy to detect if a child is being abused or neglected than men (28 per cent compared to 20 per cent).

Respondents thought that, in addition to parents, a number of services should also be responsible for ensuring children live safely without abuse and neglect, including social services (66 per cent), schools (64 per cent) and extended family (50 per cent). Less commonly-cited institutions included charities (12 per cent) and the Government (11 per cent).

For the report, which covers attitudes to education and children's services, click here.

6/2/20