How Safe are Our Children?

The NSPCC have today launched a report How Safe are Our Children?, which looks at the scale of child abuse in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.  The report considered 19 separate indicators to assess how safe our children are.

Key messages 

  • In some ways today’s children are safer from abuse and neglect than those of previous generations but worrying levels of abuse still remain.
  • There has been an increase in the number of children being made subject to child protection plans or registers but “for every child subject to a child protection plan or on a child protection register in the UK, we estimate that there are likely to be around eight other children who have suffered maltreatment.”

Some of the findings of the report show:

  • fewer children are dying as a result of assault or suicide in England, Wales or Scotland but still more than one child a week dies because of maltreatment
  • one in five children today have experienced serious physical abuse, sexual abuse or severe physical or emotional neglect at some point in their lifetime
  • new threats are emerging, particularly with the increasing amount of time children spend in the digital world
  • the public is becoming more vigilant; in the past three years there has been a 40 per cent increase in the number of people coming forward to report concerns about abuse and neglect to the NSPCC.