Why the NSPCC is focussing on the early development of children

One of the seven themes in the NSPCC strategy through to 2012 is the prevention of maltreatment of children under one, and the importance of intervening during what is the most important developmental period in a child’s life.

The statistics are shocking:

  • 45% of all Serious Case Reviews involve a child under one
  • Children under one are 4 times more likely to face child homicide
  • 8-12% of all children subject to a child protection plan are aged under one

The extent of abuse and neglect of babies is also almost certainly underestimated, as most child abuse goes unreported.