How Safe Are Our Children?

Date: 29th April 2013
Category: Basic Health and Welfare, Family Environment and Alternative Care
Author: NSPCC

A report has been produced by the NSPCC Strategy Unit, compiling the most up-to-date child protection data that exists for each of the four nations in the UK.

The report, titled 'How Safe Are Our Children' sets out 19 different indicators and each indicator looks at the question, how safe are our children, from a different perspective.

The report aims to be as comprehensive as possible, and there is an accompanying Data Briefing which provides more information about the data sources used, and the key messages of the report have been brought to life in a short animation.

The report finds that in some ways today's children are safer from abuse and neglect than those of previous generations but worrying levels of abuse still remain.

Even though there has been an increase in the number of children being made subject to child protection plans or registers, the report finds that:
"for every child subject to a child protection plan or on a child protection register in the UK, we estimate that there are likely to be around eight other children who have suffered maltreatment."