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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:
- It fails to reflect the full range of harm neglected children suffer
- It leaves parents unclear about their responsibilities towards children
- Rather than trying to improve parenting, it only seeks to punish parents after neglect has happened
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.
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