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NSPCC referred almost 62 children a day to agencies last year

The NSPCC has published new data regarding the usage of their NSPCC Helpline from 2021 to 2022. The data indicates that the Helpline made referrals to agencies such as children's services and the police in relation to 22,505 children in the past year, averaging at 62 children per day. These referrals related to concerns about abuse and neglect.

Further data also released indicated that of the 22,505 referrals made to police or children's services:

• 8,389 related to concerns of neglect

• 6,441 related to physical abuse

• 4,418 related to emotional abuse

• 3,013 relation to sexual abuse

• and 244 for sexual abuse online.

Notably, over 66% of cases referred to children's services and the police were in relation to children aged nine and under.

The NSPCC Helpline is a free, confidential helpline that anyone can contact if they have concerns about a child's safety or wellbeing. The contact number is 0808 800 5000 and operates between 8am-10pm Monday to Friday and 9am-6pm at the weekends. There is also an email address, help@nspcc.org.uk.

For the NSPCC data, click here.

Julia Queen, Barrister, Coram Chambers

25.04.2022