Child Neglect in the UK

A report, The State of Child Neglect in the UK, recently published by Action for Children claims that 9 out of 10 teachers, police officers and social workers are regularly coming into contact with children they suspect are suffering from neglect yet as many as 40% feel powerless to intervene.

The report reveals that members of the public wanting support to report concerns has almost doubled in the past 3 years – with studies suggesting up to 1.5m UK children face daily neglect.

Other key findings include:

  •  14% of professionals reported a rise in suspected child neglect over the past 12 months.
  • Of these, many believe deterioration in parenting skills (70%), greater poverty (66%) and more family breakdowns (55%) are contributing factors to the increase in neglect.
  • Half of professionals feel there are barriers which make it difficult to intervene in suspected cases of neglect, in particular because of a lack of available services and resources.
  • A third of the general public who had concerns about a child did not tell anyone, mainly because they did not think they had enough evidence or were uncertain it was neglect.


To find out more about neglect; how to spot it and what action to take if you have concerns click here for child protection training information.