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Cornish Babies at Risk of Booze and Drink Fuelled Abuse
6:03am 10th November 2011
Fifteen thousand babies in the southwest are being put at risk by their parents.
The NSPCC says too many tots are being hit by abuse, drink or drugs.
The charity says the government has to do more to protect them. It wants better and earlier support for parents.
Babies are eight times more likely to be killed than any other age group in childhood. The charity said factors such as domestic violence, mental health problems, and drink and drug dependency among parents are known to be important risk factors for abuse and neglect. Two thirds of serious case reviews for infant fatalities or serious cases of abuse involve one or more of these problems.
NSPCC regional head of service for the South West, Sharon Copsey, said, “Evidence from early intervention programmes shows that intervening early can remove the future risk of abuse or neglect. And it also makes sound economic sense. Investing in preventing harm is a more effective way of spending money than trying to pick up the pieces of children’s broken lives in the years after abuse has happened.
“We can’t keep babies safe on our own. This is why we’re calling on everyone – the public, professionals and the Government - to ensure that all babies count. People in Cornwall can get behind the campaign and show their support by signing up through the NSPCC website, liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter. We also urge anyone who has concerns about a child to call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.”
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