Hundreds of children and teenagers are being left to face the tragic consequences of neglectful parents without sufficient protection from authorities.
Khyra Ishaq was just seven when she died of starvation at the hands of her mother. Neighbours had reported seeing a painfully thin little girl in the garden, but social services failed to respond. It transpired that Khyra and her five siblings had been kept locked out of their fully-stocked kitchen and left to starve by their mother and her partner. By the time anyone discovered the extent of the neglect, Khyra had died.
The NSPCC has demanded the problem of child neglect be addressed with a ‘strategic approach’, starting with research to measure the severity of the problem.
The charity funded a study undertaken by the University of East...