Police forces in the South West record a 45% rise in online child sex crimes

Authored by Mary

Police forces in the South West logged 487 online child sex offences during 2019/20, a 45% rise from the previous year’s figure of 334.*

Data obtained by the NSPCC reveals 10,391 crimes were recorded by all 46 forces across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands for 2019/20 – this is the first time the figure has passed the 10,000 mark.

Nationally, the...

Determination to tackle child sexual abuse in Plymouth fuels NSPCC workers' month-long fundraiser

Authored by Mary

Children's charity colleagues in Plymouth have walked more than 2,000 kilometres as part of a lengthy challenge to help fund their work in the city keeping children safe from harm.

Inspired by the NSPCC's Run30 fundraising challenge, which encourages people to run, walk or jog 30k in 30 days, the team embarked on an epic fundraiser of their own.

The co-workers have surpassed...

NSPCC, child sexual abuse

Child sex offences jump almost 40% over five years in the South West as NSPCC calls for urgent action to tackle crisis of abuse

Authored by News Desk

UK Police recorded more than 200 child sex offences, on average, every day last year, new figures from the NSPCC reveal.

Out of the 73,518 recorded offences including rape, online grooming and sexual assault against children in the UK in 2019/20, police in the South West region registered 5,310 offences – up 38% in the five years since 2014/15.

Where gender and age were...

NSPCC, child sexual abuse

Lottery grant to help prevent child sexual abuse in Plymouth

Authored by Mary

The NSPCC’s crucial prevention work in the city tackling child sexual abuse is set to benefit from a grant of almost £400,000.

The children’s charity’s Together for Childhood programme has been awarded £389,284 from the National Lottery Community Fund, providing three years of funding to support with its community activity.

The partnership programme is being piloted in...

NSPCC in Plymouth receives funding boost to help protect children from harm

Authored by Mary

The NSPCC in Plymouth has received a £25,000 donation from retail chain The Range to help the charity still be here for the children, young people and families its workers support.

The service centre in Cattedown has long provided therapeutic support for children who have been sexually abused, and workers have continued to provide support virtually to these young people throughout...

NSPCC colleagues take on mammoth month-long walk to help fund work in the city protecting children from sexual abuse

Authored by Mary

Co-workers at the NSPCC in Plymouth are embarking on a huge fundraising challenge this month to help secure funds for their service centre and its work preventing child sexual abuse across the city.

The team will be walking, jogging and running almost 2,000 kilometers between them to cover the distance it would take them to visit their sister sites across the UK, including Glasgow....

Plymouth teenager honoured with Diana Award for helping to protect city’s children

Authored by Mary

A Plymouth teenager has been honoured with a Diana Award for her contribution to the city’s Together for Childhood programme, which aims to prevent child sexual abuse.

Tegan Tunnicliffe, 18, has been commended for her ongoing work helping to protect children and young people from harm at a virtual ‘red carpet’ event this afternoon, the first in the ceremony’s history.


NSPCC expands service to help keep Plymouth school children safe online during COVID-19 crisis

Authored by Mary

Children across the city are spending more time online as a result of being asked to stay at home, and so the NSPCC in Plymouth is adapting its In Ctrl service that helps safeguard children and prevent online sexual abuse

The service was launched at the start of the year and was being piloted in a group-work setting at Marine Academy Plymouth under the charity’s Together for...

SW school pupils urged to join NSPCC virtual assembly with guest hosts Ant & Dec and David Walliams

Authored by Mary

The NSPCC is moving its schools’ assembly series ‘Speak Out. Stay Safe’ online, to continue its vital work helping children to stay safe from abuse and neglect.

The special broadcast on Friday morning will be hosted by Ant & Dec, with a helping hand from David Walliams, and deals with some of the additional worries that children are experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic....

NSPCC Look Say Sing Play campaign helps young families through lockdown

Authored by Sarah Parker

Parents have hailed the NSPCC’s Look, Say, Sing, Play campaign a lifesaver during lockdown, as it launches nationally across the UK today.

During a virtual focus group with parents and an Early Years practitioner, the charity heard about the challenges of caring for a new born without baby groups, soft play, playgrounds or seeing friends and family.

But the group found the...


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