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After the devastating Ofsted inspection report into Reading Children’s Services published in August, Reading Liberal Democrats have today slammed the news that show nearly 1,000 children across Reading have been classed as being ‘in need’ due to abuse or neglect.

New Government figures reveal more than half of the 1,869 children assessed as being in need by children’s social services in Reading have been abused or neglected.That’s 972 children suffering from abuse or neglect in the town, or about one in every 37 young people under the age of 18 – one of the highest rates in the country.

Talking about the national figures, a spokesman for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) said: “It’s troubling that the number of children in need has increased, particularly as a significant portion of those being referred are under the age of five.”

Commenting, Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Reading, Councillor Ricky Duveen said “After Ofsted heavily criticised the Political Leadership of Reading Children’s Services we now have Government figures showing  Reading to have one of the highest rates of neglect in the country.  Behind these statistics are vulnerable children who are not getting the help they need from the council. We ask again, what does a Lead Councillor need to do before they take some responsibility and resign?”