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UK reports an increase in suspected child abuse cases

The UK’s leading children’s charity, NSPCC, has reported an almost 20% rise in calls since the start of the coronavirus lockdown from adults concerned about child abuse.

Figures released show that calls about children facing potential emotional abuse went up from 529 to 792 in the first month alone, since government measures were imposed.

The calls could be from neighbours, extended family or delivery drivers who were worried or suspicious.

Overall calls rose from 1,867 in the four weeks before lockdown to 2,216 just between 23 March and 19 April, 2020.

The NSPCC has mentioned fears that lockdown could be intensifying abuse as schools and other spaces remain closed.

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