‘Troubling’ rise in South West calls to NSPCC about substance abuse

PUBLISHED: 11:00 22 February 2017

The NSPCC has called the figures 'troubling'.

The NSPCC has called the figures 'troubling'.

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New figures released by the NSPCC have revealed an increase in the number of helpline calls from the South West relating to drug and alcohol abuse around children.

Around 650 people contacted the NSPCC with concerns about substance misuse by adults while children or young people were present.

These figures for 2015/16 have increased by nine per cent and the charity is ‘troubled’ by the 2,000 calls which have been made in the past three years throughout the region.

The NSPCC’s chief executive Peter Wanless said: “Drug and alcohol abuse can have hugely damaging effects around children and it’s clearly troubling to see a rise over time in reports of this problem to our helpline.

“Substance misuse all too often leads to the neglect or abuse of a child and it’s absolutely crucial we do all we can to stop that.”

The NSPCC is releasing these figures to raise awareness during Children Of Alcoholics week.

The week aims to highlight the problems children face when their parents or guardians are dependant on alcohol, as well as the support available to families.

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