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Working paper

Trends in child protection: England


23 Jun 2017

This report draws on the methodology used by the NSPCC in compiling its ‘How safe are our children’ reports, which are intended to help us understand the extent of abuse and neglect in the UK. This analysis uses data specific to England where possible.

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Child abuse and neglect is complex and often hidden and there is not one single source of data that allows us to track or measure all child abuse and neglect. What we do have is multiple sources of data, each with its own merits and weaknesses. For each indicator, we have set out the strengths and limitations of the data.

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