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Record numbers contact the NSPCC with concerns during lockdown

Children’s charities call for more help from government

Recent data show that in April, May and June there were more than 22,000 contacts to the NSPCC helpline from adults with concerns for the wellbeing of a child.

This is an increase of almost a third (32 per cent) on the monthly average for the three months prior to lockdown. The charity received 8,287 of contact in May – the highest number made to the NSPCC helpline in a single month on record.

The main concerns people have spoken to NSPCC helpline about during this period have been parental behaviour, physical and emotional abuse and neglect.

Around 40 per cent of the contacts received were referred on to local authorities or the police for further action, which is also a slight increase on pre-lockdown levels.

The NSPCC says that these figures back up the findings of a research report it recently released – Social Isolation and the risk of child maltreatment in lockdown and beyond – which underlines how the risk of abuse and neglect can be raised by:

The NSPCC is calling on the government to urgently commit to a children's recovery plan which sets out how they will:

The Children's Society has also called for a "comprehensive package to help children and young people", in the light of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's summer financial statement. For the response of The Children's Society, click here. For the NSPCC's recent report on the consequences for children of social isolation, click here.