Many councils do not know how many children in their area are likely to suffer from neglect, according to a charity.
New research by Action for Children suggests that around 60% of local authorities do not have systems in place to collect information that would give early warning signs that youngsters are being neglected.
Gathering this information can help councils ensure that children and families get help to prevent future problems, the charity said.
Data obtained from 80 English councils through a Freedom of Information request made by Action for Children found 48 (60%) said other than statistics on the number of children known to them through child protection plans, they used no other mechanisms to find out how many youngsters in their area are at risk or experiencing neglect. No London councils were approached as part of the FoI request.
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