Over 22,000 calls were made to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) during the lockdown months of April, May and June.
The figure represents an increase of almost a third over the monthly average for the three months prior to lockdown. A total of 8,287 calls were made in May alone: the highest number on record.
Callers expressed concerns about possible the neglect and abuse of children they had encountered or the behaviour of parents.
The charity reports that it referred a higher-than-normal 40 per cent of lockdown calls to local authorities or the police for further investigation.
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