Child abuse and child protection: social attitude survey

The Department for Education (DfE) has published a research report looking at public attitudes to education and children’s services, including child abuse and child protection, across England, Scotland and Wales. Findings from 2,942 participants who were interviewed face-to-face at home, with 2,400 participants completing a further self-completion questionnaire include: 24%of respondents thought it would be very or fairly easy to identity whether a ten-year-old child was suffering abuse or neglect; and 71% felt very or quite confident in knowing what to do if they were certain a neighbour had a child who was being seriously abused or neglected – the proportion saying ‘very confident’ has increased from 28% in 2006, to 33% in 2016.

Source: DfE Date: 27 November 2017

Further information: Attitudes to education and children’s services: the British social attitudes survey 2016: research brief (PDF)