The majority of local authorities do not how much child neglect takes place in their regions, a charity has claimed.
Data received after a Freedom of Information request made by the charity Action for Children suggests that as many as 60 per cent of local authorities across England do not have any systems in place to monitor early signs of child neglect in their areas. Such councils only collect data relating to children who have already been referred to social services.
Action of Children chief executive Tony Hawkhead described the figure as a “tragedy”, which “needlessly” put the lives of vulnerable children “at further risk”.
“This is unacceptable when we know more can be done – we cannot allow the suffering of any child. Neglect can be stopped in its tracks.”
Families with problems can be transformed with early assistance, he claimed, and helped to make positive changes so they become “the best parents they can be”.
In March, Action for Children endorsed a call for children to have more say in the selection of care home staff.
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