I was listening to a podcast yesterday where Professor Jane Barlow was discussing a document published by Jessica Kingsley: Safeguarding Children from Emotional Maltreatment. It states that the number of children on the Child Protection Register is around 6% but that Child Abuse is believed to be around 10% of children, with statistics saying that emotional abuse is at least 30% of children. These figures were from 2009–10, with a known number of 88,700 children.
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The NSPCC, who probably have the best-documented statistics on child abuse in the United Kingdom, more recently estimated that there are more than likely eight times the number of reported cases of child abuse per annum – over 500,000 children – but admittedly, they “don’t know exactly how many children in the UK are victims of child abuse” because it “is usually hidden from view and children may be too young, too scared or too ashamed to tell anyone about what is happening to them.”
Demographics show that there are almost five times as many Americans (319 million) as Britons (64.5 million). American National Child Abuse organisation Childhelp.org currently reports that “yearly, referrals to state child protective services (CPS) involve 6.6 million children, and around 3.2 million of those children are subject to an investigated report.”
America has been collecting far more robust figures than the UK for a much longer period of time.
So I thought I’d do the math:
6.6m and 3.2m of 319m is 2.07% and 1% respectively.
If the UK followed the same ratios, then
2.07% and 1% of 64.5m would be 1,335,000 and 645,000 children respectively.
Imagine if I’m right, and there are not “more than 500,000 children” as the NSPCC reports, but closer to 650,000 children requiring investigation EACH YEAR.
The words “THIS HAS TO STOP BEFORE IT STARTS” are ringing in my ears.
Please support me in my MISSION to get my workshops “out there” to your networks. I am working on getting them recorded and they will be up soon.
Jutte, S. et al (2015) How safe are our children? The most comprehensive overview of child protection in the UK. London: NSPCC.
Resource: Safeguarding Children from Emotional Maltreatment. What Works … by Jessica Kingsley Publishers
“… Child development indicators of emotional abuse or neglect. 39 ….. most recent government statistics show that, in 2009–10, 88,700 children and …… The Lancet 371, 1595–1602; and Cuijpers, P. (2002) ‘Peer-led…”
The author is not a mathematician nor a statistician and reserves the right to have incorrectly calculated the number of children. It still needs STOPPING!