I'm not a parent myself, but wondered if anyone had any advice about what I can do to help my neighbours' children.
They are a young couple who already have 3 children under 5. It is a 2-bedroom flat so I assume they also use the living room as a bedroom, in any case it's pretty small. They never seem to leave the flat, as far as I can tell they are indoors 24 hours a day even on hot days, the father goes to the mosque on Fridays but that is all.
The main things that I find distressing are 1. the children are left to cry for long periods while the parents are in another room and 2. the parents SCREAM at the children, things like 'What is your problem??' (to a 3 year old), 'What is wrong with you' 'shut up' and I mean literally screaming at the top of their voices, especially the mother who screams as if she is being mugged or something, they even shout at the youngest who must be less than 1 year old.
I made an anonymous report on the NSPCC website last year. They seemed to leave the house after this for a while and I thought something had happened but it turned out that the landlord was doing some work in the flat- and not only that but this was when they returned with their third baby.
Recently I called social services directly, I still wanted to be anonymous as I am their only next door neighbour so I thought it would be obvious who it was but I did leave my phone number. They said that the case had been closed so I assume they thought there was nothing wrong.
The other day my downstairs neighbour spoke to me and she also said that she was worried as she has been hearing more screaming and shouting.
I don't know if anyone went to visit them last week- does it sound as if social services aren't taking it seriously? What else can I say or do to get some help for them? Is this description of their behaviour enough for them to have a visit?
Any help appreciated.
nickname24 · 14/08/2012 11:57
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