NSPCC warns people in Dales of strain on children’s services

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A children’s charity is warning people in the Dales that a sharp in increase in reports of neglect cases will place additional pressure on already stretched children’s services.

The warning comes as new figures released by the charity today show that reports to its helpline about neglect have doubled over the past two years to reach record levels.

From April 2011 to March 2012 trained NSPCC counsellors working on the 24–hour freephone service (0808 800 5000) dealt with over 12,000 contacts from people across the UK about neglect, of which 1,032 were from the East Midlands.

The UK–wide figure is the biggest number of reports about neglect yet recorded by the charity’s helpline.1

Anyone who thinks a child is being neglected or suffering any kind of abuse shouldn’t wait until they are certain there’s a problem.

Contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000, email help@nspcc.org.uk, report online at www.nspcc.org.uk/helpline or contact your local authority children’s service.