Almost 200,000 infants in Britain are vulnerable to abuse, reveals study. At risk babies are those born in families with problems of domestic violence, mental health or addiction.
The NSPCC said under-ones were eight times more likely to be killed than any other age group in childhood, the Daily Express reported.
AdvertisementAcross the UK, 144,000 children under one live with a parent who has mental health problems, 109,000 have a parent with drug or alcohol problems, and 39,000 are in a home affected by domestic violence while some fall under more than one category.
The NSPCC's campaign, named All Babies Count, calls for 'early and effective' support for babies living in homes with these problems.
The charity also asserted that babies who suffered trauma, abuse or neglect were more likely to develop behavioural problems in childhood, anti-social behaviour in adolescence, and physical and mental health problems - including heart disease - in adulthood.