NSPCC reports 58% rise in calls referred to social services
Calls to a charity helpline about suspected child abuse and neglect which were then referred on to police or social services have risen 58% in the past three years.
Concerns raised by members of the public with the NSPCC in Scotland included worries about young people who were victims of physical or sexual abuse, children living in squalid conditions, and hungry toddlers.
New figures from the free, 24-hour helpline show operators took 1,722 calls serious enough to be referred to the authorities in 2015/16, compared with 1,091 referrals in 2012/13.
The charity said the rise in referrals... read more
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