One-in-five UK secondary school children suffer abuse
One-in-five secondary school children have been severely abused or neglected during childhood, the NSPCC said.
Almost a million children aged 11 to 17 in Britain were affected, with children being beaten up, hit with weapons, raped or seriously neglected, the NSPCC survey showed.
Andrew Flanagan, the charity's chief executive, said there were likely to be severely maltreated children in every secondary school in the UK.
"The scale and impact of child abuse requires a major shift towards earlier intervention in child protection," he said.
"There are likely to be severely maltreated children in every secondary school across the country. Some will face abuse and neglect while still at school. Others will have suffered abuse and neglect in early childhood."
The survey of more than 2,200 children showed 18.6pc had been physically attacked by an adult, sexually abused or severely neglected.
The figures also showed one in 14 (6.9pc) children had been physically attacked by an adult, with parents or guardians responsible for more than half (55pc) of serious adult violence.
One-in-20 (4.8pc) had been sexually assaulted, including 3pc who had been raped or forced into sex by another child and 2pc who had been sexually abused by an adult. And 1.4pc suffered physical neglect.
Mr Flanagan went on: "Physical violence, neglect and forced sex are still harming the lives of hundreds of thousands of children, and most of it remains unreported."