A leading charity has reported a surge in reports of child abuse cases in the West Midlands. More than 700 people in the region have reported cases of emotional neglect and abuse to the NSPCC over the past year.
Some 491 of the cases were so serious they had to be referred to local authorities for further action. The number of calls is up from 319 last year, representing a 54 per cent increase. Sandra McNair, NSPCC Midlands regional head of service, said the figures followed a national trend. She said: “We have seen a surge across the West Midlands in numbers contacting the NSPCC Helpline.”
She said concerns centred on emotional abuse and neglect.
“The number of referrals increased for Wolverhampton, Walsall, Sandwell and Dudley local authorities from last year, with Wolverhampton seeing a 100 per cent increase and Sandwell just over 82 per cent.