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‘Startling’ figures revealed on number of children whose welfare is of concern due to parental issues

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Statistics published by NSPCC Northern Ireland which reveal that its Helpline team made 130 referrals in the last year (2016/17) to the PSNI and social services with concerns about the wellbeing of children whose parent (s) is drinking to excess or taking drugs is "extremely concerning".

West Tyrone MLA., Daniel McCrossan, said that he sees evidence of such issues every week in his constituency offices.

"These figures are extremely concerning and startling," said Mr McCrossan. "This only covers calls made by concerning members of the public and this may only be the tip of the iceberg.

"Nearly every single week, concerns are raised at my offices by members of the public who are extremely concerned about the welfare of children. I pass these cases to relevant organisations like the NSPCC who are doing a fantastic job.

"Every child deserves to be raised in a loving, caring and supportive home. But unfortunately sometimes this is not the case and authorities do have to step in where there are drug and alcohol problems. This is a very sad fact, but the children's best interests must be paramount especially where there is neglect and abuse involved.

 

Full story in this week's Tyrone Constitution...

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