CHILD cruelty and neglect across the West Midlands has increased by 11 per cent in the past year, according to a children’s charity.
The NSPCC said in a Freedom of Information request to police forces in the West Midlands it found there were 8, 218 offences recorded in 2021/22 – an average of 23 a day – which is a 11 per cent rise from last year.
The charity pointed out these statistics do not include West Mercia Police.
The charity is highlighted the worrying scale of the problem on its flagship Childhood Day, and two weeks on from the publication of the Independent Review into Children’s Social Care and the National Review into the deaths of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson.
The NSPCC say both reviews, alongside this new data, reinforce the need for a reset of the child protection system.
The NSPCC wants to see children’s social care in England focused on early intervention, with children at its heart and above all political leadership from the very top of Government.
Childhood Day is the NSPCC’s flagship day of fundraising and action that takes place on the second Friday in June every year.
NSPCC chief executive Sir Peter Wanless said: “The statistics we have released demonstrate the worrying scale of abuse and neglect. This must be a priority for the Government.
“The evidence from a series of reviews have shown where and how to better resource and support a child protection system that works better for all those who need it. Now is the time for action.
“But our message isn’t just for politicians. It’s vital to remember that child abuse can be prevented.”
The NSPCC is urging anyone with concerns about a child, even if they’re unsure, to contact the NSPCC helpline to speak to one of the charity’s professionals. People can call 0808 800 5000, email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in the online form.