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NSPCC findings on abused and neglected children

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sheffield Heeley MP Meg Munn attended the Westminster launch by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) to present their findings on abused and neglected children. They surveyed children and adults in 2009 and compared their findings with a similar survey from 1998.


In 2009 they surveyed 2,275 children aged 11-17 and 1,761 adults aged 18-24 and found one in five 11-17 year olds were abused and neglected in childhood. However, from a similar study done in 1998, the overall rate of regular physical violence during childhood fell significantly from 5.7% in 1998 to 1.8% in 2009. So progress has been made, but child abuse remains a serious issue facing the children of the UK.


The NSPCC provides advice and support to children and campaigns for an end to cruelty to children in the UK. Heightened awareness of the ill-treatment of children, followed by action to change the situation is crucial which is why the NSPCC provide programs that focus on both prevention and help.


Meg said:


“Having done research myself focusing on the protection of children I know just how important the information provided by NSPCC is. They have helped the policy makers gain some in depth knowledge on this vital issue.


“As Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Child Protection I look forward to receiving more of their research, and being able to use it to strengthen the protection of children.” 


For further details visit: http://www.nspcc.org.uk/


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