BIG RISE IN CSA IN SURREY AND HAMPSHIRE

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Big rise in child abuse in Surrey and Hampshire

Child Abuse

6:00am 13th October 2016

(Updated 2:28pm 13th October 2016)

There has been a big rise in reports of child abuse in Surrey and Hampshire.

Figures released by the NSPCC reveal an increase by nearly a fifth in Surrey in the past year.

Hampshire has seen reports increase by 61 per cent.

The charity says figures from the 24-hour advice line showed 473
contacts were passed on to agencies such as the police in 2015/16 – one a
day – compared with 398 in 2012/13.

They ranged from members of the public worried about young people who
were victims of sexual abuse to children living in squalid conditions,
or starving toddlers to youngsters thrust into slavery.

Across the UK, 33,333 contacts were passed on in 2015/16 – nearly 100
a day – compared with 23,733 in 2012/13 when the Savile scandal first
came to light.

The charity said the figures reflect an increasing refusal for
the public to turn a blind eye when it came to the welfare of children,
and reflected a growing demand for advice and action to prevent child
abuse.

In Surrey:

  • Contacts from the public concerned about neglect of a child which
    were referred rose from 157 in 2012/13 to 174 last year – up 11 per
    cent.
  • Referrals because of physical abuse rose from 92 in 2012/13 to 119 in 2015/16 – a rise of 29 per cent
  • The number of contacts passed on because of emotional abuse increased by 43 per cent – from 65 in 2012/13 to 93 in 2015/16

In Hampshire:

  • Contacts from the public concerned about neglect of a child which
    were referred rose from 188 in 2012/13 to 318 last year – up 69 per cent
  • Referrals because of physical abuse rose from 108 in 2012/13 to 174 in 2015/16 – a rise of 61 per cent
  • The number of contacts passed on because of emotional abuse increased by 62 per cent – from 71 in 2012/13 to 115 in 2015/16

The charity has also launched its new ‘Alfie’ advertising campaign
aimed at raising awareness of what a child can achieve when freed from
abuse.

Louise Exton, team manager at the NSPCC’s helpline said: “These
figures reveal a nation that is more alive to the issues of child abuse
following recent high profile scandals and the ongoing investigation
into non-recent child abuse.

“They have become increasingly concerned and aware of the tell-tale
signs of abuse and neglect in children and our helpline is an invaluable
service for people worried about the safety of a young person.

“It’s a big decision to involve local authorities or police and our
counsellors will only act when there is genuine concern for the welfare
of a child.

“But people who are worried, and feel they need to speak to someone,
can be reassured they will be listened to and taken seriously.”

The free helpline provides adults with a place they can get advice
and support, share their concerns about a child or get general
information about child protection.

Adults can contact the helpline 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on 0808 800 5000, by texting 88858 or visiting www.nspcc.org.uk.

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