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Child Cruelty in the UK 2011

An NSPCC study into childhood abuse and neglect over the past 30 years

The incidence of severe maltreatment in our study indicates that almost 1 million secondary school children have been seriously physically or sexually abused or neglected at some point during childhood. With around 46,000 children of all ages currently on a child protection plan or register, the research raises concern that the vast majority of abused and neglected children are not getting the vital help and support they need.

The scale of child maltreatment requires a major shift in UK child protection policy towards better identification of abuse and neglect, and more effective and earlier intervention. Children need far greater levels of protection from abuse and neglect and more help to recover from their ordeals. Interventions should focus on the child’s best interests, taking full account of the child’s needs and wishes.