NSPCC’s child abuse helpline ‘referrals on the rise’

  • 13 October 2016
  • From the section Scotland

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Calls to a helpline about suspected child abuse, which were referred to the authorities, have risen, according to a charity.

The NSPCC in Scotland said operators referred 1,722 calls to the police and social services in 2015-2016.
Referred calls have risen by 58% in the past three years, up from 1,091 in 2012-2013.
Concerns raised included worries about physical or sexual abuse, children living in poverty, and hungry toddlers.
charity said the rise in referrals showed the public was increasingly
unwilling to turn a blind eye to potential abuse or neglect of children,
following high-profile abuse scandals.
Matt Forde, national head
of service for NSPCC Scotland, said: “These figures reveal a nation that
is more alive to the issues of child abuse following recent
high-profile scandals and the ongoing investigation into non-recent
child abuse.
“They have become increasingly concerned and aware of the tell-tale signs of abuse and neglect in children”.
24-hour helpline statistics show physical abuse referrals increased by
49% in the past three years. Sexual abuse referrals rose by 30% and
neglect referrals jumped by 61% over the same period.

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