1. ITV Report

Child protection system 'failing' North West

A children's charity is warning the system is failing thousand of children in the North West. ** **Nationally nine out of ten teachers, police officers and social workers are regularly coming into contact with children they suspect are suffering from neglect say Action for Children.

Those in the North West reported a greater rise in child neglect than counterparts across the UK. 15% of those surveyed in the region reported seeing more cases than the previous 12 months.

The State of Child Neglect in the UK reveals that members of the public calling for more support to report rising concerns has almost doubled in the past three years - with studies suggesting up to 10 per cent of UK children (almost 1.5 million) face the daily reality of neglect._ _Almost 6000 people were surveyed by the charity. Carol Iddon, UK North Director of Children’s Services at Action for Children, said:

“It is of grave concern that one in every ten children could be suffering neglect. We know that early help has the potential to transform the lives of children and families, yet today’s report tells us that the public aren’t being given the know-how they need and professionals’ best efforts are being hindered by stretched budgets and a lack of resources. With more and more families struggling, vulnerable children are falling through the cracks of a child protection system that is failing some of those who need it most – sometimes with tragic consequences.”