Child cruelty and neglect figures continue to increase in Derbyshire

The number of incidents across our county have trebled since 2014.

New figures have revealed there have been 365 child cruelty and neglect offences in Derbyshire in the last five years. 

The number of these offences recorded by Police here has more than trebled from 22 in 2013-14 up to 68 in 2018-19.

Andrew Fellows is from the NSPCC;

"We've found that child cruelty and neglect offences have risen every year since 2014.

"We believe there could be several potential reasons for this, from better police recording and greater public awareness, to increasing pressure on parents and a lack of investment in early intervention services."

Nationally, cases in the UK have more than doubled in six years.

20-thousand incidents were recorded by police in the last 12 months - but the NSPCC admits it's not sure why the number has leapt.

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