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NSPCC How safe are our children? 2017


NCPCC have published their annual report giving and overview of child protection in the UK, called ‘How safe are our children?’

The report uses 20 indicators to compile and analyse the child protection data for the four nations in the UK for 2017. It also makes comparisons with historical data in order to track progress over time.

The indicators used include contacts with the NSPCC helpline, counselling sessions with Childline, online harm, referrals to social services, children in the child protection system, public attitudes to child abuse and neglect and proportion of looked after children who have three or more placements during the year, among others.

Key findings were an increase in emotional abuse as a reason children were on protections plans or registers, and increasing numbers of contacts to the NSPCC helpline and an increase in the public reporting of child abuse.

The full report can be accessed through the NSPCC website, here.