Cases of child neglect soars to record levels: NSPCC

Cases of child neglect soars to record levels: NSPCCThe cases of child neglect have doubled over the past two years to hit record levels as hard-pressed parents struggle to pay bills, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) said.

According to NSPCC, more than 12,000 cases of child neglect were reported in the last 12 months. Out of the total cases, 8,600 were so serious that the charity had to involve police or social services.

Dr. Ruth Gardner, head of child neglect programme at the charity, said hard-pressed parent's inability to pay bills could be a big reason behind the increase in the cases of child neglect, but also added that more research was required to determine the real cause of the problem.

Speaking on the topic, Gardner said, "There is clearly a worrying trend, not just in our figures, but from a range of agencies and bodies. More research is needed on why this sharp increase has occurred."

The NSPCC helpline received a number of calls informing the charity about children going without food and begging neighbors for something to eat. Callers also told charity about children left at home unaccompanied, or outside in the cold for several hours.