We Must Build on Record Removal of Online Child Abuse Imagery

Peter Wanless | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK
Peter Wanless

Cleaning up the internet of abuse images and videos - that in the worst cases depict children being raped and tortured - is a global challenge. The significant achievements of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) are crucial in this battle and this week its annual report revealed a staggering 417% increase over two years in the volume of images reported and removed.

Can We Ever Learn From Little Ayeeshia's Death?

Peter Wanless | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK
Peter Wanless

We can't pre-empt the Serious Case Review into little Ayeeshia's death but none of us should be satisfied if what we hear are more references to missed opportunities. We must prevent child abuse, not explain it away.

Police Remove Paedophiles Guilty Of Raping Children From Sex Offenders Register

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK

Three convicted paedophiles who committed incest with children under 13, and 27 people who raped boys and girls under the age of 16 are among hundreds...

Six-Week-Old Baby Among Hundreds Of Kids Left Home Alone

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Parents

More than 500 parents and carers were arrested on suspicion of neglect for leaving a child at home alone in 2015. The youngest child left alone was a...

What Explains the Astronomical Increase in Reports of Sex Offences Against Children?

Peter Wanless | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK
Peter Wanless

Since the watershed moment when we discovered the extent of the utterly repulsive crimes committed by Jimmy Savile the number of reported sex offences against children has almost doubled. Last year our ChildLine service provided 3,150 counselling sessions- up 10% on the previous twelve months - for children, as young as nine, who had been targets of or were worried about being groomed online.

Despite Major Scandals, Police's Ability To Tackle Child Abuse Is Still Poor

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 17.02.2016 | UK

A third of police forces are failing to fight child sex exploitation effectively, something the NSPCC condemned as "deeply depressing" in the wake of ...

Every Abused Child Needs Support - And They're Not Getting It

Peter Wanless | Posted 17.02.2016 | UK
Peter Wanless

While we are trying to protect children from abuse, and encouraging them to speak out, we need to make sure that the right help is there for them when they do muster the courage to come forward.

Child Abuse Exists in the Shadows - We Must Address This Toxic Cocktail

Sarah Champion | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Politics
Sarah Champion

As a country, we seem to have accepted that child abuse is almost inevitable. We get irate and call for resignations when each prosecution comes to court, but it is always the social worker or police officer to blame, rather than what could have been done to prevent it. Remember that each crime represents a child. The outcomes of abuse can be devastating.

It's Time for Every Child Who Suffers Abuse to Get the Support They Need

Peter Wanless | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK
Peter Wanless

Abuse or neglect can affect each child differently and there has to be a range of therapeutic services on offer to them. This includes counselling, play-based therapy or family therapy. But there is a scarcity of such programmes across the UK.

We Must Be More Vigilant to the Concerns of Deaf Children

Shirley Wilson | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK
Shirley Wilson

As NSPCC CEO Peter Wanless said last month, while the jailing of Stuart Hall, Max Clifford, Rolf Harris and the like show that no one is above the law, we must never forget the victims of 'non-celebrity' sex crimes who will have suffered horrendous experiences and deserve to seek justice.

We Need to Start Helping Children Suffering From Teenage Neglect

John Cameron | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Parents
John Cameron

Neglect manifests itself in many forms; in older children who have been neglected for a long time this can impact on their mental wellbeing - these children are more likely to experience problems including depression and struggle with their education and have low self esteem.

Fears of Mental Health 'Time Bomb'

Peter Wanless | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK
Peter Wanless

For children suffering from the overwhelming and devastating emotional effects of abuse, every second without support can feel like an eternity... We must see improvements in access to child friendly trauma-based support that meet their needs, when they need it, and help them recover wherever they live. Failing to act risks creating a time bomb of mental health problems in the years to come.

Children Are Being Turned Away By Mental Health Services, Warn NSPCC

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Parents

Mental health services are turning away one in five children who are referred to them, according to a report by the NSPCC. Statistics from 35 Menta...

We Need to Guide Children to Take the Safe Path on the Internet

Claire Lilley | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK
Claire Lilley

We know that many parents are digitally capable and a significant number of them are confident in parenting online - however the online world changes fast and it can be hard for parents to feel like they are keeping up.

'Hollyoaks' Boss Seeks NSPCC's Advice Ahead Of Paedophilia Storyline

The Huffington Post UK | Daniel Welsh | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK Entertainment

‘Hollyoaks’ bosses have said they’re working closely with the NSPCC, to ensure an upcoming paedophilia storyline is dealt with appropriately. ...

Law Named After Murdered Sarah Payne May Still Not Be Protecting Children

The Huffington Post UK?PA | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK

Children may be at risk of sexual abuse because of a patchwork application of 'Sarah's Law' which lets parents check whether people who look after the...

We All Have Our Part to Play in Keeping Our Children Safe From Abuse on the Internet

Claire Lilley | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK
Claire Lilley

One of the major challenges facing police forces is that as technology advances offenders are inventing new ways to commit crimes. We heard cases about offenders live streaming abuse or grooming children through social networks under fake identities.

One Year On: The Battle for the Heart of the Child Abuse Inquiry Continues

Hayley Meachin | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK
Hayley Meachin

The horror of what has happened to them may be so far beyond most people's comfort zone that we simply choose to blank it out but doing so makes us all culpable. We have to hear what survivors have to say, even if the truth hurts.

We All Need to Be Alert to the Summer Holiday FGM Risk to Children

John Cameron | Posted 12.07.2015 | UK
John Cameron

Since launching at the end of June 2013, the NSPCC's FGM helpline has received over 700 contacts from the public and professionals, nearly 300 have been so serious they have been referred onwards. One call involved a member of the public who had called with concerns for a young child who was absent from school for a few months for a holiday in Nigeria. Suspicions arose as the child's mother gave varying explanations for the absence and on her return to school the child's demeanour and mood had changed and she complained about painful toilet trips.

'Abuse' Is a Small Word That Maybe Doesn't Convey the Horror That It Should

Peter Wanless | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK
Peter Wanless

Instrumental quite rightly reminds us that no matter how offenders try to excuse their appalling behaviour it is never the child's fault - the survivor has absolutely nothing to apologise for. But the road to recovery is frequently bumpy, sometimes tortuous but always worth the journey, which is why we need far more investment in therapeutic and mental health services.

Shining a Light on Modern Dangers

Fiona Smith | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK
Fiona Smith

As today's NSPCC report has uncovered, sexual abuse of children is on the rise, but what is perhaps more frightening is that these figures are likely to be much lower than the reality. So many children hide their experiences for a long time - and some never come forward at all. The modern world and its advances has brought us many advantages, but with them have come new dangers...

Crimes Against Children Are Now Being Exposed, But the Challenges in Keeping Future Generations Safe Are Myriad and Complex

Peter Wanless | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK
Peter Wanless

Child abuse comes in many forms - from neglect to physical, online to sexual - and at the heart of tackling it lies a need to provide a loving and supportive environment for all children. Listening to them properly when they need to be heard and then helping to equip them with an understanding of abuse and develop resilience against it. Preventing abuse before it can take hold is how, together, we will end cruelty to children.

Shocking Statistics Reveal Sexual Offences Against Children Has Risen By A Third

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK

The number of recorded sexual offences against children has risen by more than a third, new figures reveal. A total of 31,238 allegations of sexual...

This Isn't the First Time Pictures of Child Abuse Have Been Openly Available on Social Media - But It Should Be the Last

Peter Wanless | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK
Peter Wanless

More than a year ago there was a meeting of social media companies to take a look at these issues. But that initial eagerness to make progress has dissipated without any major progress being made. We have just re-elected a new government and now is the time for a renewed mandate and focus because I strongly believe this matter is too serious to be ignored.

Facebook Video Of 'Terrified' Baby Dunked In Water Is 'Baby Yoga'

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK

The head of a leading children's charity has written to the government about online safety fears after a video of a "terrified, sobbing baby" being du...