Childline warns about increase in emotional abuse

As Childhood Day 2024 approaches on 7th June, Childline has raised concerns about a spike in the number of children contacting them about emotional abuse. Operated by the NSPCC, the national charity helpline for children says it has seen a 5% increase in the number of counselling sessions it has delivered to children experiencing...

Schools urged to warn pupils over sextortion

Schools have been urged to warn their pupils about the dangers of sextortion after a surge in cases worldwide. The National Crime Agency (NCA) sent an “unprecedented warning” to thousands of teachers on Monday (29th April) providing guidance about how to support young people and explaining that all age groups and genders are being...

Parental alcohol misuse impacts more than 70,000 children

Thousands of children in England are struggling with the impacts of parental alcohol misuse, a national children’s charity has reported. Last year, Child in Need assessments identified 71,580 children as living with a parent who regularly and consistently misuses alcohol, and the NSPCC reports that its helpline regularly receives contacts about this issue. The...

Familial child sexual abuse to be probed by national review

A national safeguarding review has been launched into child sexual abuse within the family environment after a “concerning number” of cases. Safeguarding leaders launched the national review to examine cases in more depth and look at how practitioners and agencies could improve the identification, assessment and response to instances of child sexual abuse within...

Online Safety Bill marks ‘new era for children’s safety’

The landmark Online Safety Bill has finally been passed and will soon be made law, marking what the NSPCC describes as “a new era for children’s safety.” The ground-breaking and “essential” piece of legislation was recently passed following years of campaigning by parents, survivors, MPs and charities and is set to transform the online...

Sexual harassment of girls ‘widespread’ in schools

A group of MPs has called for a government-led strategy to engage boys in relationship and sex education, improve safeguarding and tackle sexual harassment of girls. The Women and Equalities Committee have published a report in which they describe sexual harassment of girls as “a scourge” in England’s schools and claim that it is...

9 in 10 teachers report rise in safeguarding concerns

New data from the NSPCC reveals that more than 9 in 10 (93%) teachers have observed an increase in child safeguarding concerns within their schools. The national children’s charity worked with teaching union NASUWT to survey 8,329 teachers and senior leaders across the UK. They found that 93% of respondents had seen an increase...

Child safeguarding needs major overhaul after failings

A safeguarding review panel has made nine recommendations designed to overhaul child safeguarding practices following an inquiry into abuse across three services. The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel have called for Councils to take on a bigger role in monitoring residential settings in their areas to tackle failings in safeguarding children with disabilities and...

NSPCC: online child abuse risks becoming ‘normalised’

The NSPCC has called for effective action to be written into the Online Safety Bill as “alarming” new data reveals a 66% increase in child abuse image offences recorded by UK police forces in the past 5 years. Data obtained from a Freedom of Information Request (FOIR) has revealed that over 30,000 crimes involving...

NSPCC: Online child abuse crimes have risen by almost 80%

The NSPCC is calling for the upcoming Online Safety Bill to be strengthened to “prioritise children” after figures show that online abuse crimes have surged by 78% over the last 4 years. The national children’s charity says that an analysis of police reports reveals that the number of children being sexually abused online has...

Social media firms introduce global measures to protect children

Leading social media platforms have implemented new global measures to protect children after the UK introduced new regulations aimed at ensuring child safety online. On Thursday 2nd September 2021, the UK introduced a new set of regulations to protect children when they are online, which include the possibility of multi-million-dollar fines for any companies...

New helpline for abuse in education receives hundreds of calls

The NSPCC’s new independently run Report Abuse in Education helpline has received hundreds of calls since it was launched on 1st April this year. Commissioned by the Department for Education, the helpline was set up by the national children’s charity after thousands of testimonies alleging child sexual abuse and harassment in schools were posted...

Childline counsels 90,000 children during pandemic

The NSPCC’s confidential helpline, Childline, delivered nearly 90,000 counselling sessions for young people worried about mental health or abuse during the Covid-19 pandemic. The national children’s charity said they had grown increasingly concerned about the “huge toll” the pandemic has had on young people. Data from Childline for the period 1st April 2020 until...

‘Shocking’ rise in child abuse during lockdown

The Children’s Society has described the 27% increase in reported incidents of children dying or being seriously harmed following suspected child abuse or neglect as ‘shocking.’ It has been revealed that the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel received 285 serious incident notifications from April to September 2020, following England’s first national lockdown to combat...