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...

Why Were Child Abuse Images Off the Election Agenda?

Peter Wanless | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK
Peter Wanless

Election fever has brought a rash of in-depth debates from all the political parties about various issues - the health service, affordable housing, non-doms, the economy. But none have even begun to scratch the surface of one of the most serious problems of our time. Child abuse images.

Do You Really Know Who Your Children Are Talking to Online?

Claire Lilley | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Parents
Claire Lilley

Chances are that if you have a child approaching their 'tweens' they will soon be clamouring for a) a mobile phone b) a social media account c) a games console - all of which could enable them to chat to complete strangers anywhere in the world. The days of a family PC in the corner of the living room are long gone.

Teens Need to Be Aware of 'Revenge Porn' Risks Too

Claire Lilley | Posted 13.06.2015 | UK
Claire Lilley

'Sexting' is playing an increasingly insidious role in young people's relationships. So there is clearly a need to educate children about the risks of this behaviour to them and other young people whose images they share.

We Cannot Fail Children By Shying Away From Talking About Porn

Sue Minto | Posted 31.05.2015 | UK
Sue Minto

We know porn can be a difficult subject to talk about but young children have easy access to it - long gone are the days when this material was confined to the top-shelf of a newsagents. Children who are trying to learn about sex and relationships can access unlimited porn online, for free, 24 hours a day.

Incredibly Young Children Are Making Sexually Explicit Videos

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jack Sommers | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK

More than one in 10 children (12%) aged 12 to 13 have made or been part of a sexually explicit video and 9% are worried they are addicted to pornograp...

Everyone's Talking About Alex's Willy. Have You Seen It?

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK

You might not expect a charity to make a video about a child's penis going viral. But here it is. The animated film shows a little boy, Sam, taking...

Online Child Abuse Images 'Should Leave Us All Feeling Guilty'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jack Sommers | Posted 01.01.2015 | UK

We should all feel "guilty" so long as there are still child abuse images on the internet, the head of the NSPCC said. Peter Wanless called for the...

Over 4,000 People Contact NSPCC About Non-Recent Abuse Since Savile Revelations

John Cameron | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK
John Cameron

Since the sickening crimes of Jimmy Savile were revealed in October 2012 the NSPCC helpline has received an unprecedented number of calls from adults talking about non-recent abuse. Over 4500 courageous adults have contacted our practitioners over the past two years, to report concerns and to get advice - over 30 per cent of these cases have been so serious that they have had to be referred to the police.

Our New Tradition: The Christmas Eve Kit!

Faye Jacobs | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Faye Jacobs

So Christmas with kids just got even more exciting... I've just discovered the latest craze invented to spoil our children further in the form of a Christmas Eve Box!

Should We Lock Up Paedophiles and Throw Away the Key?

Jon Brown | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK
Jon Brown

If we are going to protect children from sexual abuse we must make sure that anyone who recognises they have a problem, and want help to make sure they don't harm a child, is supported in getting treatment. I don't think you can 'cure' someone of paedophilia but you can use therapy to help them control their urges.

We Don't Have to Paw Over Dusty Filing Cabinets to Find Child Abuse Happening Today

Peter Wanless | Posted 11.01.2015 | UK
Peter Wanless

Whether or not there are more papers to be found, I would encourage anyone with further information about past child abuse crimes to come forward. If your testimony can bring child abusers to justice and better protect children today, please speak up. Now is the time.... History will go on repeating itself until we learn one simple lesson - look out for and listen to children. They, in their own way, always tell us what is going on. We must all be ready and willing to take them seriously. In establishing an Inquiry with all necessary powers to get at the truth of what went on in the past, let's not take our eye off the ball for today's children. If you know or suspect abuse of a child please speak up, to us or to the police. Do it now.

No Adult Should Be Sending a Sexual Message to a Child

Claire Lilley | Posted 24.12.2014 | UK
Claire Lilley

Earlier this year a conversation with an MP was the catalyst that led me to realise there was a major flaw in the laws designed to protect children from sexual abuse. The teenage daughter of a constituent had been sent a series of text messages by an older man. The messages had started off innocently enough but then became more sexual in tone...

Louise Ridley

Teach Five-Year-Olds How To Object To Genital Mutilation, Says Top NSPCC Official

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK

Children as young as five should be taught about female genital mutilation (FGM) in school to empower them to "protest" their parents' plans, the NSPC...