Figures released by the NSPCC have shown that children across the North East are still being abused and neglected.
In 2011 and 2012 nearly 4000 children from the region were put on the protection register, but the charitiy estimates that many more could be in need.
The NSPCC says that the answer is to help children earlier.
More top news
A look ahead at the forecast for the Tyne Tees region.
Costing £82m and the size of 20 football pitches, Hitachi's new plant will one day employ 700 people. We were given the first look inside.
The owner of a 'legal high' shop told ITV News his service helps addicts - and banning it would drive users towards criminal drug dealers.