Sharp Rise in Serious NSPCC cases since the Savile Scandal
Reports of child abuse serious enough to be passed on to police or children’s services have risen 40 per cent since the Savile scandal broke in 2012. Research published earlier this month revealed that the NSPCC referred 33,333 cases to authorities in 21015/16, up from 23,733 in 2012/13 when Savile’s crimes were exposed. That figure – almost 100 referrals per day – accounted for almost 70 per cent of calls received by the charity last year.
Brad, a telephone engineer from Gateshead, was shocked when he realised a toddler was living in filthy conditions in a house where he was installing satellite television. The NSPCC says he is one of a growing number of people calling its helpline to raise concerns. Brad had said about the toddler: “By the look of the place, they hadn’t had visitors in a while and I was worried that if I didn’t get the girl help, no-one else would see how she was living. I couldn’t have had it on my conscience if I hadn’t done anything.” The NSPCC contacted the police, who worked with children’s services to remove the toddler from her unsafe surroundings. She went to live with her grandmother until things had changed at home and it was safe for her to return.
The NSPCC believes that the growth in the number of reports demonstrates that the public is becoming less willing to ignore serious cases and demanding increased action from the police.
Chief Executive Peter Wanless said: “These figures reveal a nation that is more alive to the issues of child abuse following recent high-profile scandals and the on-going 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.”
The NSPCC’s helpline is 0808 800 5000
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