A Porn Stars' Response To Children Accessing Porn

Samantha Bentley | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK
Samantha Bentley

Blaming porn for children being sexually active and anxious about sex, is a single minded and uneducated view. Snapchat, Tinder, Facebook and even Whatsapp, all give young people an endless platform for swapping messages and photos without their parents knowing.

Government Must Count Abused Children Who Need Mental Health Support

Peter Wanless | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK
Peter Wanless

We take it for granted that the Government has data on everything that's important. But right now, they don't know the number of children in our communities up and down the country who've been abused and need support. As a society, if we don't know exactly how many children are suffering, how can we ensure they are all getting the help they need?

Let's Make Sure Online Porn Is Strictly For Over 18s

Peter Wanless | Posted 15.09.2016 | UK Politics
Peter Wanless

Recent research by the NSPCC found that young people are as likely to see online porn accidentally as search for it, and that repeated viewing can lead them to see porn as realistic. Exposing children to porn at a young age, before they are equipped to cope with it, can be extremely damaging to their developing understanding of sex and relationships.

Children's Mental Health: Lack Of Data Or Heads In The Sand?

Prof Dame Sue Bailey | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK
Prof Dame Sue Bailey

If we're serious about improving the mental health of young people, we need a sea change in our approach to monitoring the issue. A prevalence survey once every 14 years simply isn't good enough. It's time to recognise children's mental health as a national asset, and do everything we can to understand, strengthen and protect it.

We Cannot Risk Creating A Generation Of Children Who Feel Worthless, Cut Off And Alone

Peter Wanless | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK
Peter Wanless

We have to make sure that all children know that they won't be abandoned to deal with the stresses and strains of life. Wen you know someone is listening, things can and do get better. The first conversation might be the hardest, but plucking up the courage to speak to someone is the first step.

NSPCC Post Child 'Radicalisation' Posters In GP Surgeries

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 30.08.2016 | UK Parents

Parents worried about terrorism and child radicalisation will find advice on the wall of their GP’s waiting room, thanks to the NSPCC. The national ...

Parents Need To Talk To Kids About Sexting

Peter Wanless | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK
Peter Wanless

What would you do if you found out that your child had shared a nude selfie with their boyfriend or girlfriend? What if that person had shared it with their friends. If it was shared round the whole school or posted online?

NSPCC Releases Dinosaur Cartoon To Help Parents Talk To Kids About Sexual Abuse

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK Parents

The NSPCC has launched a dinosaur cartoon to help parents talk to children about sexual abuse. The Pantosaurus animation, created by Bristol-based com...

Free Helpline Launched For Parents Worried About Kids Being 'Radicalised'

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK Parents

Parents worried about their children being “radicalised” and the impact of terrorism can now call an NSPCC helpline for advice. The national child...

School's Out For Summer - Now What?

Julian Vigo | Posted 22.07.2016 | UK
Julian Vigo

For those with children this week marks the end of the school year which brings much excitement to children around the country, but economic worry to ...

Why Parents Should Think Carefully Before Leaving Children Home Alone

Peter Wanless | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK
Peter Wanless

We encourage parents to think carefully before leaving their children at home - at any time. Leaving them unattended could put them at risk of accident or injury - how would they cope if something unexpected happened? It's also a good idea to ask them how they feel about being left alone and talk to them about what to do in an emergency so they feel confident and prepared.

Hundreds Of Kids Left Home Alone During Summer Holidays

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK Parents

Parents should think carefully before leaving their children home alone during the summer holidays, the NSPCC has warned. The national charity’s hel...

Pokémon Go Launches Without Addressing NSPCC Child Safety Concerns

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK Parents

Pokémon Go has launched in the UK and ignored demands from the NSPCC to address safety concerns for children. NSPCC’s CEO, Peter Wanless, previousl...

How Safe Are Our Children?

Peter Wanless | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK
Peter Wanless

How safe are our children? How happy are their lives? These are the questions that occupy my mind and should be directing decisions and actions taken by politicians, policymakers and public sector workers across the UK

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.