18 Dec NSPCC reveals almost 240 referrals to Essex agencies over fears of sexual abuse
The NSPCC has revealed that across Essex it referred almost 240 contacts to police and children’s services from members of the public concerned a child was being sexually abused.
Over the last two years (2015/16 and 2016/17) the charity’s free and confidential helpline referred 237 calls and emails to local agencies in Essex. There were also a further 205 contacts where Helpline staff gave advice about sexual abuse against young people.
Across the UK in 2016/17 the NSPCC referred 4,677 contacts, an increase of 31% per cent on the previous year, when there were 3,578 referrals made.
To ensure as many of these young people are getting the help they need the NSPCC has launched the ‘Light Up Christmas for Children’ appeal. To support the campaign all you have to do is make a small cash donation by sending a simple text message.
A child is sexually abused when they are forced or persuaded to take part in sexual activities. This doesn’t have to be physical contact and can happen online, for example through live streaming.