William Eichler 13 October 2016

Charity refers 500 reports of child slavery to councils

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Over 500 reports of child slavery were referred to local authorities this year, according to a national children’s charity.

A new report from the NSPCC has revealed referrals from their helpline are up 40% since 2012/13.

According to their latest figures, a total of 33,333 contacts were passed on to councils in 2015/16 – nearly 100 a day. This included 507 reports of slavery.

Their figures also revealed the charity referred over 14,000 contacts from the public concerning suspected child neglect, a 45% rise in referrals because of physical abuse and a 43% rise in contacts relating to emotional abuse.

‘These figures reveal a nation that is more alive to the issues of child abuse following recent high profile scandals and the ongoing investigation into non-recent child abuse,’ said NSPCC CEO Peter Wanless.

‘They have become increasingly concerned and aware of the tell-tale signs of abuse and neglect in children.’

‘Our helpline is an invaluable service for people worried about the safety of a young person,’ he added.

‘When people are worried, and feel they need to speak to someone, they can be reassured they will be listened to and taken seriously.’

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