The NSPCC has replied to concerns raised about a campaign the children’s charity ran last month, which aimed to tackle neglect. Parents on social media reacted to the campaign with disappointment, calling the campaign irresponsible and one sided.
The campaign featured a large number of stories published across national and regional publications referencing child neglect data and research but did not offer any insight into how families who find themselves in need often struggle to care for their children. Parents were left feeling demonised by the campaign. It also suggested that child neglect was on the rise, pointing to an increase in phone calls to the charity in which people raised concerns as evidence of the increase. Parents and campaigners were quick to point out that a rise in calls did not automatically equate to an actual rise in verified cases of child neglect.
Michele Simmons, a parent and child…
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