Major rise in calls to child abuse hotline amid increasing reports of neglect
Phone contacts to the NSPCC have shot up by almost two-thirds in Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Dudley and Walsall over the past three years, and by more than a half in Staffordshire.
The figures concern calls considered serious enough to be referred to external agencies such as councils and the police.
A breakdown shows 831 contacts were passed on across the four Black Country council areas in 2015-16, a 64 per cent increase from the 504 in 2012-13.
In Staffordshire, the number rose by 52 per cent from 300 to 458.
The charity said the figures reflected both an increasing refusal by the public to... read more
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