Our new report, 'In the eye of the storm: Britain's forgotten children and families' highlights the need to protect children from the impact of austerity measures and start a national debate on the needs of children.This research has been conducted by Landman Economics, on behalf of Action for Children, the Children's Society and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).By joining forces we aim to increase our influence on government and kick-start a national debate across as many audiences as possible. As well as the political implications, working in partnership has also enabled us to foster good working relationships with these highly reputable charities.
The research shows that the most vulnerable families and their children are being most heavily affected by changes to the tax and benefits system, as well as being hit by spending cuts affecting public services. The number of children living in vulnerable families is also set to rise. Here are some of the main findings from the research:
We are using these findings to make recommendations to the government. We would like the government to:
This research strengthens our campaign to hold governments to account for the impact their decisions have on disadvantaged children. These findings will feed into Red Book 2012 and will provide us with an opportunity to meet with policy makers and influence their decision making.
Keeping children safe: The case for reforming the law on child neglect
Neglect is the most common form of child abuse, affecting up to 1 in 10 children in the UK. It is extremely damaging to children, and has effects that can last a lifetime.
The Children and Young Persons Act 1933, which applies to England and Wales, is no longer fit for purpose. This is because:
Changing the law on child neglect would help keep children safe.
This is why we are asking the Government to review the Children and Young Persons Act 1933.
Neglect is extremely damaging to children. Of all forms of abuse, neglect can have some of the worst and most long-term effects on the brain, physical development, behaviour, educational achievement and emotional wellbeing.
It robs children of the childhood they deserve and leaves broken families, dashed aspirations and misery in its wake.
You can help by:
Studies suggest there are 1.5 million neglected children in the UK and the long summer holidays can lead to an increase in the problems that they face
Our new YouGov poll of over 2000 parents shows that it's an issue that needs tackling, especially during the summer break:
Neglect can sometimes have obvious signs, though often it can take years for emotional and psychological symptoms to become apparent. These are a few signs which could indicate a child is being neglected:
It is often not easy to pinpoint one specific reason why child neglect happens, but there are some more common problems among adult carers that are associated with neglect of children. These include:
Your donations are being used across our projects, helping us tackle child neglect and make the lives of the children and young people that we work with, better.
Child neglect is the most common form of child abuse in the UK today. While we are learning more about the causes and consequences of the issue than ever before, it remains the biggest reason for a child to need protection. With studies suggesting neglect is robbing almost 1.5 million UK children of their childhood, it is in everybody's power to help.In October 2009, we launched a dedicated campaign to raise awareness of child neglect. We have spoken to a broad cross-section of society, including the general public, childcare professionals and children themselves, to find out what they know about neglect and how often they see it. The results are startling: child neglect is everywhere and our collective response simply not good enough.Neglecting the issue, written in partnership with the University of Stirling, is a new report which identifies six key gaps in knowledge about child neglect; gaps which need to be investigated in order to help reduce - and even prevent - the problem. These are: the role of fathers, targeting families, public health and prevention, parental and carers' views, actively seeking children's views, and understanding the scale of neglect. The report also states that poverty, substance misuse and inability to access local family support services are among the factors that can increase child neglect.Read more about our key findings in Neglecting the issue, attached.
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