Peter Wanless
Peter Wanless is the chief executive of the NSPCC, the only charity whose vision is to end cruelty to children in the UK.

He was the Big Lottery Fund's Chief Executive until June 2013 and was previously a Director at the Department of Education in Whitehall.

Peter is married with a 12-year old son, is a Somerset cricket fan and a regular at Welling Utd football club. He was awarded the Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2007 New Year’s Honours List for distinguished public service.

Find out more about the charity’s work and how you can get involved at

Entries by Peter Wanless

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

(0) Comments | Posted 11 November 2014 | (16:06)

A big chunk of my life has recently been dominated by the unenviable but important task, of assessing whether an independent review of what the Home Office did with the so-called 'Dickens dossier' was a decent piece of work. There has been huge interest in 114 files about...

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Rough Justice for Child Abuse Victims

(0) Comments | Posted 6 June 2014 | (16:32)

By any measure 1989 was a momentous year. The Berlin Wall came crashing down and idea of the worldwide web was conceived.

There was also a ground-breaking report from a UK judge recommending a better deal for child victims of sexual and other assaults who gave evidence against their abusers.

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Listening to Children Must Be at the Heart of Child Protection

(2) Comments | Posted 8 January 2014 | (16:44)

There is a sad and recurrent theme in many of the worst child abuse scandals - of a child's voice not having been heard. Poor Daniel Pelka, seen looking through bins for food at his school but whose suffering at the hands of his mother and partner was not discovered...

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It's Been a Positive Year in Tackling Child Abuse, and Your New Year's Resolution Could Make Next Year Even Better

(0) Comments | Posted 1 January 2014 | (00:00)

What's your New Year's resolution? Perhaps you can play a part in helping the 50,000 children in England and Wales who are in care because of abuse or neglect? Now don't get me wrong, for most of them, care will be the best option and care can provide an incredibly...

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New Sentencing Guidelines for Sex Offenders - Another Victory in the Long Battle to Stop Child Abuse

(1) Comments | Posted 12 December 2013 | (11:25)

When an adult sex offender is found guilty of harming a child punishment is often uppermost in the mind of the public, and for some people no sentence will ever be long enough.

However, for the judge passing sentence emotion must be left outside the courtroom and it is to...

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Let's Wipe the Web Clean of Child Abuse

(4) Comments | Posted 20 November 2013 | (00:00)

I will remember 2013 as the year when despicable child abuse images captured the attention of a government leader. Prime minister David Cameron should be praised for his leadership in demanding faster action on this critical issue; industry has responded well to his challenge. The NSPCC has welcomed...

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We Cannot Allow Any Child to Disappear

(12) Comments | Posted 15 November 2013 | (00:00)

Another week, another Serious Case Review (SCR). Another stomach churning and deeply saddening child death. This time a four-year-old boy left to starve in a cot built for a baby, so malnourished in his short life that he was only the size of a one year old despite being nearly...

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'Just Say No?' Er... No! That's Not Enough

(6) Comments | Posted 18 October 2013 | (01:00)

Four months into a job dominated by child abuse and sadly I am not easily shocked. But I was stunned recently by teenage reactions to a conversation about the risks associated with sending explicit images of themselves via their smartphones or onto the web.

It was obvious to me. Don't...

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We All Need to Do More to Make Sure Abused Children Are Heard

(4) Comments | Posted 8 October 2013 | (01:00)

Imagine you were desperate to tell people about something but when you tried no sound came out. Like you'd had some awful spell cast on you that meant only you could hear the words.

That's how I think it might feel to be a child who has suffered abuse but...

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Daniel Pelka Could Have Been Given a New Life With New Parents - But People Failed to Trust Their Instincts

(29) Comments | Posted 17 September 2013 | (01:00)

The brutal murder of little Daniel Pelka shocked our nation in a way that hasn't happened since the death of baby Peter Connelly over five years ago.

The details of his suffering in the weeks and months leading up to his death, and then the...

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Children Can Never Be Responsible for Being Abused

(64) Comments | Posted 7 August 2013 | (01:00)

'They were asking for it.' It's not so long ago that this nasty little phrase was trotted out as a defence in sexual assault trials.

I had hoped the abhorrent view that victims are somehow to blame for the actions of sex offenders has been consigned to the dustbin....

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David Cameron Has Drawn a Line in the Sand - We Must All Now Play Our Part

(23) Comments | Posted 23 July 2013 | (01:00)

We all vividly remember those adverts from our childhood about not getting into cars with strangers, or taking sweets off strange men or wandering off on our own. But the risks children face today are very different; child abuse has gone digital.

The internet has evolved...

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A Small Conversation Can Make a Big Difference

(1) Comments | Posted 8 July 2013 | (01:00)

When you're a parent there's no shortage of hard conversations you have with your children. And then there are the really difficult ones we should have but don't.

Sex probably tops the list of those discussions that never happen and for quite understandable reasons.

The image of mum or dad,...

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Celebrating 18 Years of National Lottery Good Causes in Our Communities

(11) Comments | Posted 19 November 2012 | (00:00)

As we near the end of the momentous year that was 2012, we can look back on a time of celebrating all things British. But while we're reflecting on the Queen's 60 year reign, applauding our incredible Team GB athletes or heralding the return of James Bond to our cinema...

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