The charity NSPCC has revealed it received 159 tip-offs about abandonment cases in the last three years in Birmingham.
It is now warning parents not to leave their children home alone this summer.
NSPPC has issued the following advice:
- Babies, toddlers and very young children should never be left alone
- Children under the age of 12 are rarely mature enough to cope in an emergency and should not be left at home alone for a long period of time
- Children under the age of 16 should not be left alone overnight
- A child should never be left at home alone if they do not feel comfortable with this, regardless of their age
A young woman who was sexually abused by a couple from the age of eight, says she wants the authorities to admit they failed her and two other victims. Robert and Rita Oldham from Nottinghamshire were jailed for a total of 26 years last month.
The woman wants a Serious Case Review to look at how they were able to get away with abusing her, and the other girls, for 13 years. The woman, who cannot be identified, spoke to our correspondent Jane Hesketh.