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How safe are our children? 2014, 31/03/14 [E/NI/S/W]

This report from the NSPCC compiles the most robust, up-to-date child protection data that exists across each of the four nations in the UK, setting out 20 different indicators.

Each indicator looks at the question of "how safe are our children?" from a different perspective. It also includes a section summarising the factors that influence a child's risk of abuse or neglect.

Key findings include: the most serious forms of physical abuse such as homicide and deaths by assault have been steadily falling; there is an increased willingness to speak out about abuse and neglect; online abuse continues to be a growing issue; the number of counselling sessions ChildLine holds where self-harm and suicide are the main concern continues to rise; the number of children on child protection registers and protection plans continues to increase in England, Wales and Scotland; and the number of children who are looked after due to abuse or neglect continues to increase in England and Wales.

For full details see the NSPCC website.

Further Information

How safe are our children? 2014