Many teenagers 'neglected by uninterested parents'

Tens of thousands of teenagers are being neglected by parents who do not check up on them or offer enough support, a charity says. 

The Children's Society says as many as three pupils in every GCSE classroom in England could be experiencing neglect. 

It says a lack of parental interest can lead teenagers to act more waywardly, by getting very drunk for example. 

Teenagers need as much care as younger children, it says, adding that many parents do not see it that way. 

The charity commissioned researchers from the University of York to investigate teenagers' experience by surveying a representative group of 2,000 12- to 15-year-olds.

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