Sixty-one per cent of children have spotted signs of child neglect in their classrooms, playgrounds and neighbourhoods, according to a survey from Action for Children.
The study of 3,000 children aged eight to 12 were asked if they knew of children who were often missing from school, did not seem to have friends, whose parents who did not know what they were doing, had ill-fitting or old clothes, were dirty or did not get meals at home.
The children told the charity they had seen at least three children showing one of these key signs of neglect this year alone.
Other studies have suggested that up to 10% of children in the UK experience neglect.
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