The new report How safe are our children?, from the NSPCC, identifies nine factors which put children at a higher risk of abuse or neglect.
These factors include living with domestic violence, parental mental ill-health, living in poverty and debt and children with a mental or physical impairment.
Here are some of the facts and figures from the report:
“A recent analysis of 268 serious case reviews (SCRs) showed that 34 per cent of the cases examined were found to have domestic abuse as a risk factor”
“Children who witness domestic violence often experience severe emotional effects as a result”
“It is estimated that 14% of 0-17 year olds have been exposed to domestic violence”