How safe are our children?

The NSPCC’s comprehensive overview of child protection in the UK, How Safe are our Children 2016, shows the highest number of recorded sexual offences against children in a decade.  The report compiles and analyses child protection data across the 4 nations of the UK for 2016.

Key findings include:

  • In the last year, the number of recorded sexual offences against children have increased in all 4 countries in the UK
  • The number of recorded cruelty and neglect offences in the last year have increased in Wales and England
  • There has been an increase in the number of reports of online abuse
  • There has been a rise in the number of ChildLine counselling sessions about sexting and online bullying
  • An increased number of URLs containing child abuse images have been identified and removed from the Internet
  • There has been an increase in the number of recorded obscene publication offences

The report can be accessed here.