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Commenting on the 75% rise in child cruelty and neglect cases in England revealed by NSPCC, Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield said:

“This rise in reported neglect is concerning and I will be investigating the reasons behind it in the coming months. Children who have been abused or neglected are often deeply traumatised and this can have a lasting and damaging effect into adulthood if they don’t get the right kind of mental health support needed to start rebuilding their lives. Our recent research into children’s mental health found many young people, some with life-threatening conditions, were unable to access a local mental health service or faced long waits.”

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